Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Gift Sewing Day 3 - Mat Carrier


Mat Carrier bag from Sew on the Go by Cindy Taylor Oates



Want a big bag that can carry lots of sewing gear?  This has to be it.  In fact, it is one of the biggest bags I have every sewn.


The measurements on this one is 26 wide x 21-1/2"  tall x 3" deep and will hold your 18" x 24" mat.  The pattern is from  Sew on the Go by Cindy Taylor Oates and this bag is for a very dear friend.

Mat Carrier bag from Sew on the Go by Cindy Taylor Oates

My friend is an amazing quilter and makes quilt after quilt.  Most of her creations are gifts and my four daughters have received her quilts, which they love.

Every year the two families get together for a Christmas celebration and I make her a gift.  Barb is   attending more quilting classes and workshops and this mat carrier seemed like the perfect gift.

The inside has a huge pocket to hold the 18" x 24" mat.   I didn't have enough of the three coordinating fabrics, so the inside of the pocket is muslin.Mat Carrier bag from Sew on the Go by Cindy Taylor Oates- pocket detail


The mat pocket is held in place by a loop and shank button.  Can you believe this is the only shank button I had?
Mat Carrier bag from Sew on the Go by Cindy Taylor Oates

I works perfectly and will keep the pocket and mat close to the side of the bag
Mat Carrier bag from Sew on the Go by Cindy Taylor Oates button detail



Soft and Stable was used to help give the bag shape and I quilted it in place.  
Mat Carrier bag from Sew on the Go by Cindy Taylor Oates quilting detail.


Considering how big this bag is, I think it will be carrying lots of quilting notions and fabrics to sewing classes and retreats.  With this in mind, I really stitched the handles in place, going over the same stitching lines several times.
Mat Carrier bag from Sew on the Go by Cindy Taylor Oates- close up of the handles


I did purchase an 18" x 24" mat for my friend and her bag.  It was just so cute and matched the bag perfectly - red on one side and pink on the other!

Look for another day of gift sewing tomorrow and then I need to make the grandson's Christmas pajamas and all my gifts have been sewn.  






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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Gingham Tote - Handmade Style Book







Front of Gingham Tote pattern from Pattern by Noodlehead

Day two of Christmas gift sewing and a new bag for Kaitlyn.  This bag is the Gingham Tote from Handmade Style by Anna Graham (Noodlehead)  

Monday, December 05, 2016

Christmas Gifts

quilted pillow with embroidery

For the last week, I have been sewing Christmas gifts and I have so many finished.  This week I am going to share what I have been up sewing.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Simplicity 8131


Simplicity 8131


The cold shoulder look is quite trendy right now and I wanted to be part of it.  Now to tell the truth I tried it once in a knit style and wasn’t thrilled with the result at all.  This time I went with  a woven blouse look.  The pattern of choice was Simplicity 8131.  This blouse calls for soft fabrics: lawn, soft cottons and crepe de chine.  Well, I had a beautiful Mood Fabrics’ crepe de chine (poly)  and thought it might be a fun look for this style.  If you want another print or a solid or a silk – Mood Fabrics’ has an amazing selection of crepe de chine.  I went with the sleeves and length of View F, the bow from View A and the hem of View A.   That is the great thing about sewing, you can make it just like you want it.



French seams were the finish of choice on my blouse and there were just  a few of those.  The side,  lower armscye, and shoulder seam, making it very simple.
Now for the other seams, the pattern does include nice bias facings for the cold shoulder openings
Simplicity 8131

I did have to work with my machine’s tension to get a nice seam for the poly crepe de chine

Simplicity 8131

I really enjoyed the process of sewing this blouse, it had simple seaming but some challenges with the bias facings and ties.  I am still on the fence on how I feel on the cold shoulder look for me but will give this a try.

Simplicity 8131

Now I have to tell you, I don't like this blouse on me at all!  It doesn't really do anything for me, the print is pretty busy and I have tension issues in the seems.  The blouse has already been donated.


Disclosure - I receive a monthly fabric allowance from Mood Fabrics to make a garment.  This garment is blogged at Mood Sewing Network first and then I will blog here about this garment.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Birkin Flares



Birkin flares made with stretch denim


The Birkin Flares, a project I have put off too long.  There are so many great jeans sewn from this pattern and I had a great denim in my stash