Sunday, December 30, 2012

Finished Projects (Part 2) Quilted Bag for Knitting

I have to say, I had a lot of fun making crafts, instead of stressing out on the cost of gifts this year.

Instead of putting all of my completed projects in one post, I thought I would split this up a bit. I have a friend who is what I consider to be, an expert knitter. I wanted to make her a light weight bag so she could haul her knitting around.

I found the tutorial for this bag on the Mad Quilter (Life on the Run) blog. Since this was the first lined bag with handles I had ever made, I got a bit hung up on what to do with the handles. Craftsy offers a free class Bag Making Basics Reversible Tote and Zipper Pouch class. The reversible tote with handles portion of the class was exactly what I needed to sort the lining and handles problem.

The tutorial for the completed bag is here:

 I made this bag using 6" charm squares from Valori Wells in Cocoon and grey Kona solid fabric for the lining and handles.

I had a hard time parting with the charm squares. I know they went to a good home.

 Sorry about the fuzzy photo.

Completed Projects (Finally!)

If you're anything like me, I procrastinate until the very last minute. This was the case this year, when making Christmas presents.  Unfortunately for me, I didn't remember to take pictures of everything. Here are a couple highlights:

Craftsy offers a few free classes for novices like me. I recently took the Bag Making Basics Reversible Tote and Zipper Pouch class. Kristen Link of Sew Mama Sew fame taught the class. Before the class, I had never sewn a zipper or used interfacing. I can now whip up one of these bags in about an hour.

My first attempt was a zipper pouch/make up bag I made in a Michael Miller Eiffel Tower Print. I tweeked the second and third attempts so that they would be the appropriate size for a Kindle Fire case. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of those particular finished projects.

The link for the free Craftsy class is here.
Zipper Pouch ala Craftsy class

After making pouches for everyone else, I made this make-up pouch out of left over jelly roll strips in Moda Spa print. I put a layer of fusible fleece between heavy weight sew-in interfacing.

Here is the final product. I have to say I am really happy with the results! My husband tells me I should put these on Etsy.