Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Last Minute Bag

I wasn't sure if I had it in me to make another bag for my Sister-in-Law for Christmas.  I was rushing to get my daughter's things done.  Then three days before Christmas I started the process.  

The first night after work, I cut several strips from pink and green floral prints.  These are the same colors/fabrics that were in her lap quilt I made last year.  I loved making that little quilt and how it turned out. 

Night two: Instead of starting with a odd shaped piece, I decided to just sew the strips on the bag.  Each bag I have done, I have changed a little bit.  Each one is unique. 

The strips were sewn on an angle to make the bag a little more interesting.

Since I had difficult pressing the lining on the inside of the previous bags, I decided to press it on first and do the quilting on both sides of the bag.  
The lining is larger than the bag.
Night three: Quilting the layers together.  Since I was trying to get this done, I did random size swirls all over.

Occassionaly, the fabric would hit me and I would end up with a flat sided swirl. 

The lining side.  If I was not so rushed, I would have done better swirls, looks like I need a lot of practice.
Christmas Morning:  Finishing the bag.  I folded over lining side edges to the bag side and stitched in place.

Making the foam handles.  Pretty dark green for the outside of the handles and the pink lining for the inside of the handles.

Stitched up the sides using a 1/4 inch seam.

Folded over the top lining to the outside of the bag

Tucked the straps into the top edge lining.

To make the straps even more sturdy, I did an 'X" over each one.

The inside of the bag bottom, I  folded the corner up and tacked it to the sides. 

The finished bag.  A very sturdy bag and  the lining will stay in place.
Inside of the bag.

The outside of the bag.  I like the division of the two sides, it doesn't look like I tried to match the fabrics on the two sides. My signature can be seen in the picture.

I really love the way this bag came out.  My Sister-In-Law loved it too.  I can almost see someone using this bag for a knitting project.  Getting ideas.

When I look at my finished projects, I can't help feeling like I did a good job, despite my many errors and imperfect quilting.  I am still learning and improving as I go.  I already have thoughts of improving this bag again, even making a smaller purse size bag.  

Thank you for visiting my blog site and hope you return to see my next project.

Happy Reading! 


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

FL Girl's Bag - By The Sea

Well I can't make something for one daughter without making something for the other, so both girls received a bag for Christmas. 

FL girl is not into Star Wars.  She loves horses and the beach.  A few years ago I made her a  table runner with a beach and ocean theme.  She loved it.  Of course I can't just buy enough fabric for one project and be done with it, I had plenty left over.  So I made her bag a beach and ocean theme.   Check it out. 

Started with a triangle adding different fabrics as I go.  Getting ready to start adding some sand to the water.

Same technique was used as the Star Wars bag. The center of this is mostly the 'beach' area which will be the bottom of the bag. 

A different view.  This bag is ready for quilting. 
Almost done quilting. I did different techniques in each of the different fabrics.

Blue Waves.

Lots of pebbles and green ripples.

Quilted the lines of the seaweed fabric.

More blue waves, getting better. 

Loving this machine, I am having so much fun.  Thank you to my wonderful husband.

I asked my husband what he thought I should do with the light colored 'sand'.  He thought a little larger pebble, more like rocks.  I think it came out nice.

Found this neat fabric on clearance for the lining.

Turning the bag.

The front of the bag.

The back of the bag.  Sorry this is not a very clear picture. 

One blue strap, one green.  The inside of the strap matches the lining.  

I didn't put pockets in this bag, but I love how it turned out.  I did some improvements over the last bag.  I didn't make the side seams as big as I did on the Star Wars bag.  I used 1/2 seams on it and 1/4 inch on this bag, which I discovered after the bag was complete the 1/2 inch seam was much to bulky on the inside of the bag. 

I managed to get this bag done in time to ship it to FL with the Christmas in Paris quilt.  I hope FL girl enjoys this By the Sea bag.

Happy Reading! 


Saturday, January 16, 2016

IN Girl's Bag - Star Wars

Not on only do we have Christmas in December, but IN girl was born a week before.  

She is a huge Star Wars fan and this year the movie came out on her 30th birthday. Needless to say she was quite excited.  

Through out the year we collected several Star Wars items to give her for her birthday.  Besides the little lap quilt,  I also made her a bag out of assorted Star Wars printed fabric. Check it out.

My daughter didn't know it, but I had her purchase me the foam batting from Amazon for her bag.  Of course, I paid her back for it. 

The Star Wars fabric and lining.

 Just like the previous bag, random pieces of three different fabrics were sewn on to the fusible foam batting. 
The starting point was the triangle shaped print with the Millennium Falcon.  I quilted around and through out the ship. I also outlined all the characters on the comic strip pieces.

FL girl bought me this neat little iron for Christmas 2014.  It worked great at pressing my quarter inch seams as I added the strips of fabric and folding them over.  Since the foam is fusible, my regular iron was too big and I wasn't in the mood to have to clean the stickiness off.   Great little tool, until ......

... I grabbed that rod by mistake.  Nasty little burn on my finger, made it difficult to do things for a few days. 
Jimmy trying to help again.  I think he is watching the goings on outside though.
The lining.  My husband thought I should put pockets inside this bag.  Double folded piece of fabric, the width of the bag.  Then I made two seams in the center, with double stitches, to make three pockets. A Velcro closure on the center section.

Double seam across the bottom to make this sturdy.  The ends are caught up in the side seams to make the final two pockets.  A 4-5 inch opening on the side of the lining bag for turning later.

Okay, now he's just getting bored. At least he leaves me some room to sit.  

The outside of the bag is inserted into the lining bag, which is turned inside out so the right sides are together.  Some of my quilting can be seen on the back side the bag.  Love these little clips, they hold the two bags in place as I stitch them together.

Pulling the outside of the bag through the lining opening.

Almost there. 

Whew!  That was a lot of foam to pull through that little opening. Oh, look at that, there are handles.  These were sewn on the outside bag, tucked in between the bag and lining before sewing them together.  Stitched up the opening on the side of the lining.
Double stitched the top edge to hold together.  Because the reverse side of the foam is also fusible, I pressed the lining to hold it in place.  The outside of the straps match the outside of the bag and the inside of the straps match the lining.

The back of the bag.  The blue fabric has squiggly  or zig-zag lines, the comic fabric is quilted around each character, and the black Darth Vader print has swirls.  The Darth Vader print also glows in the dark!  How cool is that!

The front of the bag. I like the way the Falcon quilting came out.  

Another view.  I really like this bag.

Inside of the bag.  The pockets are perfect for holding that huge cell phone of my daughters and anything else she doesn't want to lose in this big bag.

And don't forget my signature. 

I had a lot of fun doing this bag for my IN girl, so much that I made a bag for my FL girl too.  Please come back to see it. 

Happy Reading!