Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sunflowers and Mugs

I finally finished the bag my neighbor asked me to make.

She wanted a normal sized purse with a divider. She also requested yellows and browns.

I found some gorgeous fabrics at Joann Fabrics that I knew would be perfect. The yellow fabric has sunflowers. She loves flowers so I knew she would love this fabric. I found a coordinating brown pattern and green pattern. I tend to be drawn to bold and bright colors with modern patterns, but I have to say I just love these fabrics.

I created the bag pattern myself. It is a pretty basic pattern. It took me some time to figure out the divider part. But I finally came up with something that I think will work for her. The finished size is about 10 inches wide by 8 inches high and 4 inches deep.

I also took some pictures of another bag I made a while ago using some gorgeous fabric with mugs printed on it.

I really love the colors in this fabric. I love anything coffee/mug themed. Yep, a big surprise there. LOL! I have a bunch of coffee themed fabric, but I have a hard time cutting into it. The bag pattern is from Simplicity. I got it at Joann Fabrics when they were running one of their pattern sales for either a buck or two per pattern.

Anyway, once I cut out the pattern I knew which fabric I wanted to use for this one. I found some dark brown with white polka dots to go with it and I lined the bag with some tea dyed muslin.

Although the pattern didn't have them, I added lots of pockets on the inside of this one. It would be perfect to tote around a small laptop or tablet computer plus some other essentials.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Quilted Travel Bag and a New Blog

Since I am now sewing as much as stamping I decided to create a new blog to share both. For my first post I am sharing some quick photos of a travel bag I made as part of a sew along sponsored by Ellison Lane. I had the bag finished except for the binding on the top. I finally added that so I could get it completed in time to enter it for a chance to win some more sewing stuff.

I wanted to experiment with the Quilt As You Go technique I learned from the class that I purchased a while back from Craftsy. I pulled out some fun fabrics and scraps to make the front and back of this colorful tote. The Quilt as You Go technique is fun and a great way to use scraps.

I know the photos are a little dark. Hopefully as the daylight hours get longer I will have a better opportunity to get better photos of my bags. I will be back this weekend to share some more bags I've made that are just waiting to be photographed.

So there is my first post under Coffee, Stamps and Stitches. My new alias because my two favorite hobbies, Stamping and Sewing are most definitely fueled by coffee.