08 October 2017

More flag bags!

Gosh, am I glad I wrote a tutorial last time! I had another 2x flags given to me, and it was great to be able to refer back to my own pictures 😊


This time they were sponsorship flags, hence they are orange, rather than the blue/yellow  combo of the other ones. These were also a different quality of fabric, and had a liner inside to stop the transparency.

The first one I trimmed off the edges, as I did for the first one, but didn't realise that it was actually printed in one piece and folded over, so the second one I unpicked. This made for a bigger bag, since there was much less waste.

I also took some extra pics for the original tutorial, since there seemed to be a chunk that was a bit vague, even for me, and I created it!! 😳

Anyway, they both turned out great! One has been claimed by the Boy, so thereis no chance getting this one back, but it still leaves a second one that I can try and get rid of...

I think I made the straps too short on the smaller one, but it would be large enough to carry some water and a jumper, in case of a change in the weather....

15 April 2017

More Supers

Gosh, its been a while! I've still been making stuff, just not recording as much of it....

Upgraded to a new iPad, and discovered that the Blogger app is no longer compatible so I have to use the web version 🙁 It's not as user friendly, but hopefully it will get the job done.....

So, I think I've mentioned previously about some fabric that was given to me by my aunt when she moved house that was perfect Super colours! Only downside was that it was polyester, so it is very high in static electricity. But, I did it anyway!

Overall, they turned out ok. It's not stretch fabric, so I increased the neckline at the front to make the neck larger, and used bias binding as the front facing. The fabric is quite heavy, so I wonder how well it will flow while wearing it....

No matter, they are done!! NEXT!!

02 January 2017

More bags!!

Another couple of bags from preprinted designs. I wonder why people buy these thinking they are easier to use - none of them were square or on grain! What a PAIN!!

Anyway, these are now done.... ;)

This one has denim as the back, handles and facing. 

Th other one one was such an odd colour, I couldn't find anything in my stash to match.... I did, however, find some gold upholstery fabric (that frays like crazy!), but gives a bit if shine to an otherwise very flat print. 

You can see how shiny it is below -

I had to stitch it down to prevent it from bagging out.... It is nice and sturdy, since it is lined with curtain lining ;) There was a bit of extra on the side of this one. It looked like it was more of a wholecloth, rather than a single panel. I used the extra for some matching handles.

Not a bad start to 2017!! 

Now, what to do with these?? I have used the geese one before, but with the rounded corners, I'm stumped. The green one, I could put in some corner pieces, but in what colour? Thinking cap on.....

30 December 2016

Another bag, of course!

What can you do with pre-printed fabric panel that is supposed to be a cushion, but you don't want to make a cushion? Make a bag, of course!

This was given to me with a bunch of other panels. Whoever purchased this panel actually started to quilt it by hand, but it looks like the batting was too small and they gave up. I unpicked it all for a clean start....

I found a matching burgundy fabric to use for the back and handles, and decided to box out the corners using a strip piece technique, but still quilt the front (by machine, of course...)

Once the quilting was done, I cut the strips to the same length as the panel sides - in this case it is not completely square, so the sides and bottom strip were different lengths. I made them 5cm wide finished, with seam allowances at 1cm. Stitch to the seam allowance at the bottom. This will be stitched together later...

Then join the sides to the back, leaving the seam allowance at the base, same as the front

Then the base (leaving the seam allowance) -

Then you can stitch the ends to form the boxed corners :

I put a little fray stop on the corners, just to hold it a little more secure, since there is no lining (that is the dark patches that you can see in the corners)

So, this is how it will look from the right side :

So, this is where I am at, before handles and top....

The handles I made to finish at 5cm, but in hindsight they could have been thinner. Also cut a binding style top piece.

Stitch the side of the handles, turn and press. I like to put the seam down the centre and top stitch along the sides. Find the centre of the front and back, then space out the handles. I tend to space them at 5cm each side, but it doesn't really matter. No rules, right??

Baste in place, then add the binding piece. 

Turned out it will look like this :

However, I didn't like the proportions, so folded it over and top stitched on the seam. No mess, no overlocking to be seen ;) I also added a little button to the centre, for a little bling.

Another one bites the dust!!

27 December 2016

Post Christmas stuff...

Now that Christmas is over for another year, it's time to do some housekeeping - finish some things, clear up my craft table, etc - and first on the list was the book covers (only because they were on top of the pile!)

I had originally bought a pack of 5, with two still to be done. While cleaning up, I found a remnant I bought with skulls on it. Why not cut a skull from the skull fabric? Oh, the irony! 

Found a scrap of red, which was either a low pile velvet or brushed something-or-other for upholstery? Anyway, the eyes and nose needed enhancing, so tried with black and it was ok, but tried with some silver, and it was heaps better ;) And a little yellow flower for a feminine touch....

The other is some scraps that I cobbled together with some train fabric and curtain scraps. I stitched them onto a base but miscalculated the height, so when I top stitched around it, it was too tight. Guess who had to unpick it?? Not fun! Anyway, it turned out OK in the end.....

This time I put some elastic from the back to act as a strap to hold the book together when it was closed. Worked out great, but only if the design doesn't go too close to the front edge.

So, what to do next? Whatever it is, I need to make some room, first! The table has far too much stuff on it to do ANYTHING right now...... ;)