I hate when I get the urge late at night to start making something because I just know I’ll stay up waaaaay too late working on it. Of course, that was the case last night. The result, this mini quilted handbag:
You wouldn’t believe, but this started out as something COMPLETELY different. I was just sort of “wingin’ it” so it’s no wonder it ended up totally opposite of what I originally had in mind! I’ve been wanting to do a large shoulder/tote bag out of this material so this made a great miniature mock up.
This was the first time making handles like these, and it was easier than I thought. It wasn’t wise however, to attempt sewing them on while being so tired. What a pain to put on! It also didn’t help that I had to put them on once the main body of the bag was already constructed (due to my “wingin’ it”).
I can’t wait to make a full size quilted tote, but next time I’ll be more prepared. It would be super cute to add some rivets, a snap closure, and a pocket inside.
This is one of those projects that seems like it’s on the right path until you get about half way done, and realize you want to throw it across the room. Even though it came out basically how I envisioned, there are quite a few things that need to be fixed.
I even went back and forth on whether it would just be a shoulder bag…no, a bucket bag…wait, shoulder? No, definitely a bucket bag. Lol most of this happened because I was too lazy to write and plan out my process before starting. The whole point is to build prototypes and patterns anyways so it’s not entirely a bad thing.
Overall, I’m happy it worked out and I know I’ll be super pleased once I make the necessary tweaks that will really up the quality of the handbag!
Stayed up waaaaaay too late last night working on this clutch. It took me so long just to get motivated to start, but once I did, I couldn’t stop. The original vision I had in mind was for a crossbody bag, however I didn’t have any matching hardware to make it possible.
This was the first attempt using both faux suede and fringe in a sewing project. It was surprisingly easy to work with. I didn’t need any special needle and my regular machine foot worked fine.
The whole basis for the clutch was actually because I wanted to use the Aztec print fabric that I used as the lining. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it for some reason. Even the woman at the cutting table was drawn to it and wasn’t sure why.
I love that it is colorful and fun, and stands out so well against the faux suede without being overly bright and loud.
I still have some faux suede left over so I want to play around with it and see what else I can come up with!
One of the goals I’ve set for myself is to work on projects consistently throughout the year. I want to make sure that I’m working on SOMETHING weekly, even if my schedule only allows a few hours a week. Not only is this great for working on technique and fundamentals, but it’s giving me the chance to learn new techniques and processes. I had some extra time this week so I was actually able to start and complete a project, which is super nice because I’m the type that hates dragging a project out. I’ve always loved working into the late hours of the night just to see the final product (my lovely eye bags are the unfortunate side effect that I’ve come to accept).
The most current craft I’ve been working on was a sewing project. I found a pattern on Etsy for a small file folder/wallet that works great for organizing coupons, receipts, recipe cards, etc. Link to the Etsy shop page can be found here if you’re interested in checking out all of the patterns offered. It was a great choice because it features a few techniques I’ve always wanted to try but have always avoided, serves a functional purpose for my organization obsession, and is small enough not to spend a fortune on supplies (since it is a trial piece). I was a little bothered at the instructions as they were not very descriptive, and there seemed to be a few errors which in a way messed up the first attempt. I took my own notes along the way so that I can make proper adjustments when I make another one. Although it didn’t come out as I hoped, it’s still functional so I’ll probably use it for awhile. I also wouldn’t consider it a total waste because above all else, it was practice. Not everything will work out on the first try, and the only way to improve is through failed attempts like these.
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Required minimal fabric/supplies. Be sure to wait for sales and use coupons to keep costs low!
Cutting the pieces and applying interfacing is not exciting whatsoever!
The errors in the pattern made this part almost impossible, but I didn’t want to waste all of materials so I forced it as best I could.
I really wanted to throw it out the window at this point. The sloppy sewing makes me cringe.
Alas, the evenly spaced and nearly perfect sewing lines brought me a bit of peace.
Tip: Don’t spend on binding if you don’t have to. This easy to use bias tape maker creates your own custom bindings.
The body of the folder before attaching the binding.
Pattern error strikes again making it too difficult to machine sew the binding on. Had to improvise with a little (a lot) of hand sewing.
At this point, I gave up caring about a clean finish as I knew it was a bust.
The finished product.
So many areas of ugly/sloppy sewing and the fabrics are not great together, but at the end of the day it makes me happy.
Super excited that I finally got around to finishing this project. It’s something that’s been on my to-do list ever since we brought Karla home back in July. With the adoption, we received a free collar and leash from the spcaLA that worked fine, and most importantly, didn’t cost a cent! I quickly grew tired of looking at it, though, as I felt it was drab and didn’t give her any pizazz. Yes, I could save myself the trouble and just buy a new leash for cheap, but why not make it personal and one-of-a-kind?
Although it’s kind of a basic project, it was a great way of getting back into crafting/sewing mode while not breaking the bank. It requires just a few supplies, and if you wait for the right sales or coupons, it’ll hardly cost a thing. Since it’s small and only requires a few steps, I was able to finish in a couple of hours while watching the Boo save Gotham in Arkham Knight. I used this really cute paw print fabric, but a strip of ribbon would work and be even faster. I figured out a few little tweaks I will try out when I make the next one. I got all of the supplies from JoAnn, and I have some leftover fabric so I’m thinking of making a matching treat bag or new collar to match.
I swore I’d NEVER be one of THOSE people that make a fuss about my furbaby’s accessories, and yet, here I am. I’ve already made a trial beanie and sweater that just needs some tweaking to the patterns for a little better fit. I was so busy during the holidays that I didn’t have time to take progress pictures or blog about it, but I did post it to Instagram. I was pleasantly surprised when the JoAnn Fabric and Craft account asked to repost it on their page! Someone even asked if there was a pattern! It definitely gave me a little confidence boost. I hate the color of the yarns, but I just used some scrap yarn I had on hand since it was just a sample to figure out a pattern.
Feels good to get some practice in, while also making things that are useful!
It’s been waaay too long since I’ve posted on here. There’s always so much going on this time of year, and so much that I want to get done, but there’s never the time! I’m sure most can relate. The great thing with working part time however, is it has freed up SOME time to finally get back into crafting. What’s even better is I now work along fellow crafters so I feel so motivated in my time off. I’m trying to fit in small quick projects here and there, just to get back in the swing of things. I feel like going years without making a single thing has really set me back creatively as well as technically.
Anyone who knows me will tell you exactly what an over the top perfectionist I am, especially when it comes to crafting. One of the hardest things so far has been struggling to regain that muscle memory and get my technique back. I feel like I’m starting from square one again sometimes, but I know I’ll get there! Going back through my reference books is helping, but it is a little frustrating to not remember many of the things that were once second nature. I can’t wait to really make this a huge, vital part of my life!
Major procrastination happening right now as there are about a million other productive things I should be doing. Despite what my boyfriend thinks, there isn’t some magical laundry fairy that is going to save me the hassle tonight. Realized I needed to take a much needed time out from the real world today to let some creativity flow and get a bit of practice in. Trying to keep myself motivated and inspired to push forward and make my dreams a reality. I’d be lying if I said the thought of failing doesn’t freak me out, but to imagine never even trying is a much scarier feeling. All I can do is prepare as best I can, work harder than I’ve ever had to, and never stop believing and KNOWING that I can make it happen!