Tuesday, December 17, 2013

too busy to blog!

Hi there! It's been a while! I've been swamped with custom orders and now gift sewing, not to mention preparing for Christmas.
There are two quilts I want to share this week but first, I just finished this bag and couldn't wait to show it off.
We draw names for Christmas presents in our family and the family member I got desperately needs a new purse. A sneaky person sent me a picture of her current Vera Bradly purse and it is positively threadbare! I immediately knew of just the right pattern, the Two Zip Hipster. It's a cross-body style just like her current purse. Picking the fabrics proved much more difficult though. She is a country western girl to the core and I was told that aqua/turquoise is her favorite color. I just couldn't find an aqua/turquoise fabric I was happy with. Eventually I settled on a Juliana Horner print from JoAnn's and paired it with Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in the denim color.

I sure hope she likes it!
Two Zip Hipster
To take a shortcut, I used a ready made purse handle I found at JoAnn's while looking for the proper strap hardware.
Two Zip Hipster
I was SO thick where the handle straps are sewn into the purse that I had to hand turn the wheel on my machine to get it through all the layers without breaking the needle. Next time, I might use a little less interfacing on that part. The only other thing I did differently was skip interfacing the lining of the bag. It just didn't need it.
Two Zip Hipster
I know in front of your garage door isn't exactly the most desirable backdrop but hey, it's the middle of the afternoon and I'm in a hurry!
Two Zip Hipster
This is a really great bag and I want one for myself now!


Franziska said...

Looks really great! Maybe I have to sew something like that for me.

Franziska said...

Oh and if you have the possibility to sew / create I'm happy for you.

Heather D. said...

I hear ya about being to busy to blog. Your bag looks fantastic and I'm glad that you shared it!

Carla said...

It's a perfect gift. I wish I had the courage to tackle a bag!

peaknits said...

That bag looks so cute on you, you will have to have one. It is fantastic!

Maryse said...

I agree this is a pretty bag! It looks very practical as well!