Long distance sewing and a Ghastlie bag

One of my outlaws, who shall remain nameless, crossed over to the dark side recently.  I’m tickled to say that I inspired her to make her very first quilt!

I’m so proud of myself.  Oh yeah, I’m proud of her too.  The tricky part of this project was teaching her how to do the binding on the quilt.  While separated by AN ENTIRE OCEAN!

I hereby declare that I have invented a new job for myself…long-distance sewing tutor!  Maybe I should offer one-on-one lessons via FaceTime.  Do you think that would be a legitimate market niche?  I was surprised at how much fun it was and how well it went.  I’m sure it helps that she’s a quick study, but come on!  It’s all about me!  I’m going in the other room to admire myself in the mirror now.


Okay, I’m back.

You know I’ve been on this purse-making kick.  I’m having lots of fun with it, not sure why.  One supposition is that it allows me to buy little chunks of a whole lot of fabrics.  I can buy a half yard, and don’t feel like I’ve made a lifelong commitment.  I ran across some of the funniest fabrics, the characters are called the Ghastlies.  Crackin’ me up.  So I made a purse.  And it turned out cute.  (The pattern is by Charlie’s Aunt,  High Tea Clutch Bag.)


Any time you can pull out some ric-rac, it makes it a special day.  Don’t you just think happy childhood memories when you think of ric-rac?  Oh, that’s only me?  Well I have a collection of ric-rac.  It is nestled amongst my collections of seam binding and bias tape.  I’ve lost you now, haven’t I?  So here are more pictures.

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If you try to get your money out, this one glares at you.




Remind you of Gomez Addams?
Remind you of Gomez Addams?
I’m pretty sure this guy works with Bob Cratchit.


Happy Halloween.

Stay crafty, my friends.

Theme of the day = Goldfish!

Hide your disappointment if you were looking for small orange snacks.😞 ◁ That’s your disappointed face.  Admit it.

Don’t know what’s up with me and purse sewing these days.  I’m still at it, and it shocks the shit out of me.  I’ve been making tons of those Necessary Clutch Wallets by Emmaline Bags.  My stock “excuse” is that I have been trying out different combinations of interfacing.  I think I’ve just about achieved my perfect combo.  My fickle crafter’s mind keeps seeking out new opportunities to try out my new stiff interfacing knowledge.  By the way, in that last sentence, “stiff” and “interfacing” go together.  Not “interfacing” and “knowledge.”

I bought a new pdf purse pattern, the Integral Bow Clutch by Constructivism.  Dang, what a cute little bag.  Did you guess that it has a bow on it?

Who knew you could find goldfish in a palm tree?
Who knew you could find goldfish in a palm tree?

This little gem is not a project for the timid.  The construction techniques are unconventional.  And the result?  Also unconventional, mainly because nobody will ever figure out how you made it.  Next time I leave the house, I’m gonna take it for a whirl.

My little vanity tags are Tiffany blue! And I’m off to my craft room to trim that little thread…

I added card slots in the interior.  There’s no room for a wallet in this little bugger, and I don’t like my cards flopping all over.  And flop they will, if you don’t corral them.  I also added a detachable wrist strap so I can sling it around.  It turned out so cute, I’m going to enter it in the Purse Palooza contest over on the Sew Sweetness Blog.  Wish me luck!

These are the glamor shots I took, my little bag out and about in the garden, next to the pond, in the lemon tree…

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If you like my new creation, leave me a comment.  I feel like I’m talking to myself in a wind tunnel.  Wondering if I should actually tell people I’m writing a blog.

Stay crafty, my friends.

I love this bag, and I’m sure glad it’s done!

I sure wish I had kept that jeans purse I made in junior high.  I think it would receive icon status, just for the “what the hell were you thinking?” reactions it would surely elicit.  I know I wasn’t the only one who made one of those bags.  Cut the legs off a pair of jeans.  Sew across the bottom.  Use one of the legs to cut a shoulder strap.  Line it with horrific floral fabric.  Take it to school and pretend that it makes you look cool.

Let’s just say that I like this bag way better than that any of my 1970’s creations.  I got all inspired to make a cute bag by reading all the posts on blogs about Purse Palooza 2014.  It’s all about sewing and it includes the word palooza.  What more could a gal want?

My challenge was finding a bag that was more structured than slouchy.  Although my posture may be slouchy, I prefer my bags to stand on their own.  Upright and proud.  I found it on Sew Mama Sew, the Blossom Handbag by Amy Butler.  http://www.sewmamasew.com/2010/09/free-amy-butler-pattern-blossom-handbagshoulder-bag/

Yahoo, my Blossom Handbag is finished!
Yahoo, my Blossom Handbag is finished!

I found some really cute home dec fabric, and scoured my local (limited) resources for coordinates.  I love the fabrics I used!  I don’t think anyone here is looking for a pattern review, so the one thing I will say is that it is well written.  My challenge came from a much different source:  bulk.  Bulky fabric, layers of interfacing, and then layers of that all folded up!  My Viking is just a regular home sewing machine.  If I were to take up serious bag-making, I would need a heavy-duty workhorse machine for the thick parts.

Out for a stroll through the garden.
Out for a stroll through the garden.

When those uncooperative bits came along, I just turned off my machine and walked away for a while.  Like a day or so.  Then I would get all excited again and force-feed the pieces through my machine.  More than once I had to remind myself that finished is better than perfect.  Mainly because I knew that with this machine, certain parts of this bag could never be perfect.

My trusty sewing machine balked at many of the thick parts of this bag.
My trusty sewing machine balked at many of the thick parts of this bag.

Now I’m going to show this puppy off!  On Facebook, here on my unknown blog, out around town.  Woo hoo, look what I made!

Stay crafty, my friends.