Sunday, August 21, 2011

Renee Tote Bag Pattern

When I went to Cincinnati in April, I bought several patterns I had never seen before and loved the looks of this pattern....but I couldn't understand how to do step 1.

I finally decided to look at the web site and found that this lady has designed several purses and had her contact address @ of course. So, I emailed her and was pleasantly surprised when she answered the very next day with a detailed further explanation and her phone number for me to call her. she even offered to call me if it was long distance. How nice and refreshing to meet someone who is so helpful.Seems like i often need help.

I have to admit that after she sent the email, I read and re read it several times and decided to get started. i cut out the fabrics and sewed on the batting and ironed on the interfacing, and finally it was time to start the darts. I recruited George, my husband, to help. He stood with a magnifying glass and the pattern and I sat at the kitchen table with pins and the pattern piece and surprisingly i figured it out.

Now I have finished both front pieces and sewn the band and the loops and pinned the handles and am ready to attempt the inside zipper pocket.  I have done these before, but these directions are totally different and "foreign" to me. So i think I will stop sewing and keep reading. LOL

More to come

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lottie Dot Bag by Jennifer Jangles

Lottie Dot Bag
Pattern by Jennifer Jangles
Fabric and Buttons by
Jennifer Jangles

I just returned from a trip to Alaska and found this fabric and buttons at a lovely fabric store in Juneau. I had ordered the pattern before I left from Etsy and was anxious to make it.

I enjoyed making the flower for the pocket too as I love these flowers which are like the Brasilian ladies make.

Back view


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Halloween Bag

Halloween Bag
Originally uploaded by sewspurses
Here is the inside.

Halloween bag

Halloween bag
Originally uploaded by sewspurses
I made myself a bag for Halloween. I really enjoyed making this bag using a McCall's pattern. It has green interior with Halloweeen fabric pockets lines in green. the inside gusset is Halloween and I put a key loop and magnetic closure on tabs.