Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Bag Events

I've come across a couple Bag-making events that I thought I would share.

First if you own Sara Lawson's Big City Bags book, there is a sew-along for a bag a month from the book.  It began in January so this month is the second month with the Go-Go bag .

Also the u-handbag blog is hosting a Bag Making Clinic.   You submit your bag making questions and next week there will be some answers!  You know this will be very infomative as Lisa Lam the person behind the blog has written two bag making books and her blog is full of tons of great information already.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Butterfly Sling Bag!

I just completed making a  Butterfly Sling Bag.  The pattern is by Emmaline Bags and part of the Bag of the Month Club

I was very excited when I saw the pattern arrive in my email on Febuary 1st.  A very orginal design and well written pattern!

I used a brown suede like fabric I had in my stash.  I originally wanted to use a gray faux suede but didn't have matching zippers.  The zippers are long pull ones which I think gives them a nice, substantial look and feel.

Between the zipper compartments there is a zipper pocket and and slip pocket (which can't be seen in this photo.  The pattern is also includes a id window pocket but I didn't have any clear vinyl so forgo that. 

You can flip down the front zipper compartment.  The id window would have been right under the zipper pocket.  I added a small flap with a heavy duty snap. That pocket would be used for a phone and the flap insures it wouldn't slip out when opened this way.  I likely won't need to open it up though, since both the zipper pocket and slip pocket are accessible when the bag is folder together.

And can I tell you that I really, really dislike snaps.  I have a plier-like tool to install them. I still had to go through 3 attempts and wasted snaps,to get one properly installed on.

Inside each zippered compartments is 6 card slots. So lots of built in storage.

I attached the adjustable strap with swivel hooks as I wanted to be able to switch out the strap for a wristlet strap.  It's would be an oversized wristlet but I can see myself throwing it into a bigger bag when traveling  and having the wristlet option handy.

So there you have it.. my February bag.. I haven't made up the January bag yet. I couldn't find fabric I wanted to use for it in my stash and I'm determined to dwindle down my stash before buying some more.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Crafty Traveler Blog Hop by Elison Lane

I just came across this blog hop by Elison Lane and had to share as it promises to feature patterns and tutorials for handmade bags .. and we can't get enough of those right!!


Today was the first day of the hop.  One stop was at the Fabric Mutt blog, the zipper closure on the featured bag there was especially interesting to me as I have be wondering about trying something similar. (I have a a manufactured bag with a zipper application resembling it)

Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing the other stops on the hop and maybe even finding some new  blogs to follow..

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