A Selfish Sewing Week Bucket Bag ~ Done! ~

After I missed Selfish Sewing Week last time around I told myself that I would try to get ahead of the game the next time so I could participate and finish something. I’ve been updating hints on my Instagram account this week, but haven’t shown my finished bag. So here it is!
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My bag has no name, but I can tell you I’ve had this idea in my head for some time. I am SO happy it tuned out just as I envisioned. The main exterior fabric is an upholstery vinyl called Wicker Pk Chocolate I purchased at JoAnn’s.  I had originally planned to use some softer leather, but after re-covering 6 kitchen chairs in this material I had enough leftover to use this instead for my bag.

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The bag is a simple pattern, but the addition of the weaved fabric, ribbon and linen give it a sharp and sophisticated look.  The linen is my favorite 100% natural I’ve been using for years.  It’s my go-to for projects where a pure linen is needed.  Because of the bags circular shape I opted not to add a zipper and added pockets instead.15159763327_54c336f30a_z

The ribbon I used is a soft 2″ wide cotton embroidered ribbon I found in a bin of lace at an estate auction years ago.  Because I used it as handles, I stitched a strip of linen behind it to give it a bit more structure and durability.

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One thing about working with upholstery fabrics, leather, etc. You need to use the proper needles and a teflon or roller foot.  I sew with heavy fabrics all the time so I do a lot of work on my industrial machines.  This is a walking foot industrial machine, but has a cylinder body to it to sew and topstitch bags of all shapes. I used this machine yesterday to topstitch the bag together. The walking foot really helped keep all the materials together and the larger thread size gives it a polished look.

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The final touch I added was a strip of ribbon with a repurposed O-ring in the middle to use as a weight to keep the bag closed. All-in-all, it was a pretty easy sew and fun to know this bag will only be used my ME!

Thanks for reading and hope you like my new bucket bag.  I’m linking up with Selfish Sewing Week over at Imagine Gnats.

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Selfish Sewing Week ~ Fall 2014 ~ A Little Hint

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Did you know that this is Selfish Sewing Week over at Imagine Gnats?  I am actually ahead of the game this time around too! I have a lot on my plate, both in the studio and with the family but I am determined to finish two projects this week that are just for me to use and enjoy.  Here is a little sneak peak of the first project I’m working on: Yardage of my favorite 100% natural linen, a very {Read More}

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WIP Wednesday – My First EQ7 Project

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A few months ago I purchased EQ7 for my MAC. I have spent time here and there watching videos and tutorials for beginners (boy do I have a long way to go!!) but this weekend I decided to try and make a block of my own.  I do not know how this program works on non-Apple computers, but I set a 12″x12″ grid on a PatchDraw block set on EasyDraw.  From there I just started playing around and came up with this: {Read More}

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TBT — Growing up in the 80’s

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Yesterday I received a large envelope in the mail filled with photos.  My dad and 96 yo grandmother spent the weekend going through her old photos trying to organize them and send them to various relatives.  I am usually the picture taker and not in a ton of photos, so it was wonderful to see all these photos of me in various times in my life.  Some of the pictures are yellowed. Some are  faded, bright and clear.  But they are {Read More}

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Eco Canvas by Spoonflower ~ My Sashiko Sample

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  A few weeks ago Spoonflower had a free swatch day, inviting people to pick any design pattern on their site and order a free 8 in. x 8 in. test swatch of Eco Canvas.  I am very familiar with Spoonflower but have not ordered from them before.  I was interested to see what a polyester canvas with 45% recycled materials felt like so I placed my order. The pattern I chose is called Sashiko: toni asa-no-ha- scattered hemp leaf,  designed by Bonnie Phantasm. {Read More}

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