The winner from the August Link-Up party is Jessica from a Blue Sky Kind of Life. She made this adorable baby quilt called Flippin' Triangle:
Jessica you win a copy of Shape 2 Shape, which I have been browsing through and am thinking about buying for myself. Some of the projects are cute! And I could use a little more sewing for me crafts.
This month I decided to finally make a project from the first sewing book I ever bought, Sew What! Bags.
I love that Lexie rates each project as beginner friendly to daredevil based on the skills you need to have to sew it. The book has the usual Sewing Basics section, and then the bags are broken up into five different sections: Warm Up Projects, Totes, Drawstring Bags, Messenger Bags, and Organizers. Each section has three to five different projects to make for a total of 18 projects. I chose the City Satchel since I was looking for something a little bit more of a challenge, but still manageable for my limited sewing time.
Lexie has this bag listed as a daredevil project, but honestly if you make it as instructed it is actually very easy. Maybe with the exception of the boxy corners, you sew them like Y-seams, starting and ending 1/2 inch from the ends of the seam. She does give you tips on how to customize it to your life, and I decided to step up my bag. First, I made it out of canvas. This was my first time working with canvas and I wanted to have a sturdier bag. Truthfully, canvas was very easy to work with, until I came to the end and had many, many layers to sew through. I ended up breaking a needle trying to topstitch, and finished it on my trusty Pfaff back-up since Janie has some issues with bulk.
I also decided to pad the bag with batting and line the inside, which wasn't actually in the instructions. I admit I was disappointed that her instructions were not for a lined bag, but she did point you to how to make a liner if you wanted to customize your bag with one. I also added a magnetic closure for the flap, and attempted to add two flaps and a zipper to close the inside of the bag. Note I used the word "attempted," because I ended up hand-sewing the zipper in. I thought I had it figured out how I could add the zipper, until I came down to the last seam and there was no way to maneuver my bag under the foot of my machine. Hello, it was already line and turned inside out! What I needed to do was use a separating zipper for this bag, but of course I thought I could do it my way. I am overall very pleased with my new bag, and it is much bigger than I had thought. I intend to use this for my sewing get togethers and probably some overnight trips.
Here is the bag with the flap closed.
And a few more pockets on the back, and each side, which I didn't get a good picture of.
Again, I am overall very happy with the bag. Her instructions were very easy to follow and I have a few more projects I want to make out of her book. I also love how she gives you ideas of other things to make with the skills you learned from each project.
I can definitely use the Tool Apron!
To be eligible to win you have all month to make a project from one of your craft books and link it up at the end of this post. You can use any craft book or craft magazine of your choice, this is not only open to sewists or quilters, feel free to link up your crocheted, knitted, or any other crafty project you make. Please read the following carefully, I will delete posts that do not follow the rules!
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