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Bags….How it all began

“Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing, The days pass quickly when I am sewing.”

Last year, my hubby and I went to Virginia and on our trip we found a gem…. Bella’s Fabrics. The store was as inviting as a candy store. All the colors and designs would be inspirational to any seamstress who walked in.

On the back wall, they had a collection of already sewn Amy Butler bags. At this point I had never heard of Amy Butler before, but I liked what I saw. The group of ladies at the store were extremely friendly and eager to help me. So I asked “ Do you think a beginner like me could make one of these?” The ladies encouraged me and showed me all the supplies that I would need. I was sooo excited! The thought that I too could make one of these bags practically blew my mind.

So, I bought 1 of Amy Butler’s patterns, 2 of her fabrics and some interfacing to make the bag. (If you haven’t already you should take a look at her fabrics. The colors and designs are very nice…vivid). I was going to try my hand at making the bag I saw but I didn’t expect mine to look anywhere as professional as the one in the store did.

Well guess what…. I made the bag and it looks like the ones in the store (see the pictures). Amy Butler gives great detailed instructions. Even a beginner like me was able to put a bag together that looked like a pro had made it (well almost).

From that day forth I have been faithfully making bags. If you aren’t a seamstress, don’t be afraid, all you need is a good pattern and you are well on your way to making a fantastic bag!

And this is how I was introduced to Amy Butler and how my bag making frenzy began…..

Till next time
~Na

Interfacing, Embellishments and Enclosures????

“If I stitch fast enough, does it count as aerobic exercise?”

The other day, I decided to make 2 bags. I knew how sturdy I wanted them to be. I knew exactly which interfacing to use, but to make sure, I looked at the Kwik Sew (3749) instructions. They made no suggestions for interfacing whatsoever!!!

To make matters worse, like many other bag making patterns, the pattern included no enclosure suggestions. Now everyone knows that a good bag is made great with the right enclosures. How could they have missed that? Perhaps Kwik Sew didn’t want to confuse a beginner. Or better yet, wanted to give us experienced gals the freedom to…go crazy. (Notice I included myself in the category of being experienced? Hahaha I love a good joke!)

In making this bag I followed the instructions explicitly. The only change I made was adding the interfacing. I’m not sure I got it right but its better than not having one at all….

All in all, the pattern wasn’t bad. It’s not a complex bag. The bag is very big and roomy. I would recommend this bag to everyone because beginners can make it as is and feel very satisfied while an advanced seamstress can add enclosures and embellishments and the right interfacing to make it exactly as they wish.

I made the blue bag (on the left) for my sister to take to school. This bag is big enough for schoolbooks! The other bag (on the right) I made for my mother-in-law. Shhhhh it’s a surprise! She’s going on a cruise… wait till she sees what I made her!!!

But honestly dear readers, what are your suggestions when it comes to interfacing, embellishments and enclosures???? I mean…. I know what I’m doing and everything but… I want to hear your thoughts….LOL

Till we meet again,
Na

My Pretty Little Buttercup

“I’m itching to be stitching!”

I am so happy! I feel like singing… LALALALALALA

Just be glad you can’t hear the notes I hit. As a child, I used to walk around the house serenading everyone with my own rendition of popular opera songs. My father was none to pleased with this and would often send me to the basement! This was obviously poor parenting on his part! He took away my dream of becoming a world-renowned singer and now all I’m left with is this crazy obsession with fabric!

Case in point… last week was Skirt Week and I distinctively remember telling the world (or at least all of you) that I wouldn’t buy any fabric. All I had to do was go 1 week without purchasing any fabric! Did I buy fabric you ask? Let’s just say the proof is in the pudding…

All I can say is ….Tsk, Tsk, Tsk!

Last Week (Skirt Week) was both challenging and fun. A complete success if you ask me. I got a chance to work on my techniques and try out a few new gadgets. After such an intense week I decided to take a break and make something different. And so I made the “Buttercup bag.” I had the PERFECT fabric for it. Feast your eyes on this baby!

I left out the straps and made it a clutch (per Emmy’s suggestion).

I plan to make more of these. I am so grateful to Rae for putting up this FREE pattern. Wouldn’t you like to try it? Go to made-by-rae.com you won’t be sorry! (hehe…It sounds like Rae is paying me to advertise)

Ok, so about Skirt Week… It’s not over yet! ☺ I have a few loose ends to tie or hem. 🙂

I’ll be back to fill you in on the details. Stay tuned. WARNING: it will be long!

Happy Wednesday to you ALL!!!

Till we meet again

~Na

“Violet! You’re turning violet, Violet!!”

Hi! Emmy here!

Today I present to you………my first (er, second) real project!!

I’ve only been knitting a few months, and my first project, a scarf, was taking waaaaay too long and it was getting boring. So I decided to start something new to keep myself from quitting knitting (hehe, that rhymed!) altogether.

Oh, yeah… that’s something you’ll soon notice about me — my attention span can be somewhat short at times. And I go off topic sometimes, too.

Anyway, I wanted to knit something quick yet satisfying. I chose to make a clutch!! The pattern is called the “Ballybrae Soft Clutch”.

What I liked about this project is that it was indeed quick (took about 3 days nights), the pattern was easy to understand, the stitch pattern was easy to keep up with, and the pattern can be modified to make it either dressy or casual, depending on the yarn and button used. oh, and the whole project took a little over one skein (a small skein, at that — just 87 yards).

It took forever for me to choose the yarn for the clutch at the yarn store. Eventually, I chose Red Heart Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool in violet (hence this entry’s title- I love “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) and I LOVE this yarn! It feels really nice, and the colors this yarn comes in are vibrant! Anyway, I should just shut up and show the pictures, right? Okay!

This is the front of the clutch.


Opened. I added a zipper.

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