Sunday, August 01, 2010

Two Sewing FOs

I finished two projects this weekend after not having sewn anything in probably six months or more. I don't have a craft room in my new place so I don't have my machine set up all the time as I used to. Anyway, I took out my tables, fabrics, machine, books, etc. and got to work this weekend.

I had a set of Hello Betty by Moda pre-cut squares and used less than half of them to put together a doll's quilt. I did this mainly because I have never made a quilt before and wanted to try something small and simple before embarking on a larger project.

I didn't really use a pattern other than referencing a few different ones just to get the basic idea. I laid out the squares in the order I wanted them, sewed them into strips, and then sewed the strips together. I sandwiched some lightweight batting with blue and white gingham that I have had in my stash forever and stitched "in the ditch". Instead of binding, I used some green piping which I've also had in my stash for a while.

I finished the quilt in just a couple hours and immediately began on a bag I've been wanting to make for a while. I loved the Very Pretty Japanese Handbag from The Purl Bee ever since it was first posted. Only about a month after I first saw it, I found the exact same handles in a craft store in Singapore.

For the outer fabric, I used the blue side of a thicker weight double-sided fabric. For the lining, I used a coordinating blue linen blend fabric. Both I found at JoAnn's Fabrics.

I didn't have the actual Japanese pattern shown in the blog post so I just created one myself by approximating the sizes based on the size of the handles. It is definitely not perfect. I would definitely make it a little smaller at the top (the scrunched part), as well as decreasing the length of the square part at the bottom (the vertical part) so that the side corner seams are not so high up on the sides (in other words, the base would be thinner from front to back). Overall, though, I really like this fabric and how well the bag came out.

1 comment:

Renee said...

love this bag!! can i put an order in???

Renee :)