Tuesday, October 31, 2017

bagmaker tuesday no.3

Hello friends, happy Tuesday to you all !!!

I hope your week is off to a good start. Any fun projects you've been working on?

I've been quite busy lately working on new patterns as well as a few secret projects (can't wait to share them with you soon :)) but I did manage to squeeze in just a tiny bit of fun sewing and whipped up this super adorable lunchbox for my daughter.

I followed a pattern from Amy Morinaka's fabulous book Zakka Handmades and I just love how quickly and very effortlessly this lunchbox came together.

This drawstring closure is such a great feature. Super easy to close and open, and the bag itself is just the right size for a school lunch.

I usually use cotton or linen when making these bags for my kids, but this time I used this super soft corduroy from my stash and I'm totally smitten. I combined it with coordinating quilting cotton for lining and drawstring closure, and added cotton webbing for the handles.

Easy peasy, and super fun!

How about you? Do you have any bags or pouches (finished or in-progress) to share with us? If so please use the button below to add your photo and link up to your blog post or Instagram.

Can't wait to see all your lovely makes. Svetlana

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

bagmaker tuesday #2 (trail tote)

Hello, welcome to Bagmaker Tuesday !!!

I have a super adorable Trail Tote I made for my niece to share today :)

Pretty cute, isn't it?

And not only is this a free pattern (by Anna Graham - noodlehead), it's also an easy and pretty quick make. The pattern includes instructions for two sizes, the one I made is a small one.

I (once again) used Maker Maker Essex linen for the exterior. I really, really love the texture of these prints plus how can one resist these adorable doggies !?!?

Now, the pattern shows how to make your own piping but I was in too much of a hurry to just get sewing so I decided to use store bought piping instead. I think it looks OK but next time I'll follow Anna's instructions and make my piping thicker. 

I'm a huge fan of zipper pockets as I think they make bags more usable but you could definitely skip the pocket if zippers aren't your thing :)

Oh, and in case someone is interested, I buy my zippers from Zipit on Etsy.

OK, your turn now. Have you worked on any bags or pouches lately? I hope link up to your makes by clicking on the button below.


Friday, October 20, 2017

super sized gingham quilt

You guys, I have a finished quilt to show you today!

I made this super sized gingham quilt top months ago. I absolutely loved how simple and easy to piece this top was, but somehow even though I was super excited about it, I kept putting off quilting it :(. 

Now I'm thinking it was because I really don't like doing any hand quilting in the summer as it's just too hot and uncomfortable to sit under a large quilt when it's 100 degrees outside. So, when the weather got cooler I suddenly felt this need to drop everything and finish the quilt. 

I used wool batting and did minimal hand quilting in the ditch using perle cotton so the finished quilt is super comfy and warm.

I used Carolyn Friedlander wide backing for this quilt and I must say I was slightly disappointed. I had this same print in regular width and the quality of 42'' wide fabric seems a lot better to me than the wide (108'') one which has a pretty rough feel. Has anyone else noticed it as well? Or is it just me? I'm hoping it will get softer with use and wash, fingers crossed :)

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Finished size: 70'' square
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch Wool
Block size: each block is 10.5'' square unfinished

Wishing you all a happy weekend. Svetlana

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

bagmaker tuesday #1 (new linky party)

Hello lovelies, happy Tuesday to you all!

You've probably noticed I love sewing bags and pouches a lot. And I mean A LOT!!! In fact, they are my most favorite projects to work on, so I decided to start a linky party devoted completely to celebrating our in-progress as well as finished bags and pouches.

Here's what I have in mind. Every Tuesday I'm planning on showing a few photos and a description of a project I made as well as linking up to relevant patterns, tutorials, or supplies I used so you can check them out if interested. I'll also be doing some giveaways, but the part I'm most excited about is seeing all the projects you guys are working on (there will be a link in the bottom of each post so you can share your blog or Instagram photo with us all).

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To start things off, I made myself a new Nina Wristlet.

I used this beautiful Maker Maker linen by Sarah Golden for the exterior of my pouch and I'm so happy with the way it turned out.

This was a fun pouch to make and while the addition of zippers and piping might make it a bit too challenging for a complete beginner, it's definitely not too difficult for someone who's made a few bags or pouches before.

What makes this pouch a perfect wallet for me is the addition of card slots in the lining (this is the large size pouch, the small size has four card slots).

I wasn't sure whether to make a wrist strap since the pouch will be mostly happily nestled in my purse, but I like the way it turned out and I'm quite sure the wristlet will see a lot of use in the next few months.

Now it's your turn. Have you made any pouch, purse, tote, or a bag lately? If so please click on the link below to share your blog or IG photo. I can't wait to see what you guys have been working on.

Wishing you all a happy and creative day. Svetlana

Thursday, October 12, 2017

handmade sale (oct. 2017)

Hello, welcome everyone!

I'm happy to say it's time for yet another round of Handmade Sale. This time it's all about  pouches and bags and I hope you will find something you like (photo above is just a sampling of what's up for grabs).

Click here to go directly to my etsy shop.

Happy shopping and thank you :)


Monday, October 9, 2017

minimalist patchwork pillow

I am a huge fan of Louise Gray's beautifully modern quilts and home decor. So, when I was trying to come up with an idea for a new pillow cover for our living room I decided a Louise Gray inspired pillow was finally in order :)

Super simple, isn't it? That's what I love about it.

I turned the pillow top into a small quilt sandwich by adding thin cotton batting and backing fabric, and did a bit of hand quilting using sashiko thread.

And then I used this lovely striped fabric from my stash for the pillow back and added an invisible zipper.

I think it will fit right in with its other "pillow friends" :).

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And now I'm curious. Do you like making pillow covers? If so what kind of closure do you like most? Invisible zipper, regular zipper, envelope closure, or perhaps buttons? Do tell. I'd love to know.

Talk to you soon. Svetlana

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