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Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Libby Drawstring Bag

Hello my wonderful friends, I just wanted to thank all of you who are now following me on this blog and on Face Book. Please spread the word!
I wanted to share with you this next fabulous bag. This is Libby, she is so wonderful. So easy to make, easy to carry. I love her. You can make Libby in a ton of colors, leave them in your closet and switch out to coordinate with all your outfits.
Libby has a double shoulder strap for comfort, pockets on the inside, flat bottom with a gather.
Size 20" across 15" high. Great size.
What I like most about Libby is how simple she is and has such an impact with style. I have a few stores that are using Libby for classes, I have gotten a lot of positive feed back from this pattern, "easy to make, no need for a lot of supplies, easy to carry". Thank you to all of you for your feed back, it is great to hear from you.
Christmas is around the corner, she would make great a great gift for anyone. If you would like some more information about Libby please click here:
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Monday, August 2, 2010

Sophie Quilt Block Tote Bag

This is a fun little over the shoulder tote bag. Using a simple quilt block, put together some of your favorite fabric pattern and color combination and you have your self an adorable bag great for everyday, vacation, shopping etc... perfect hands free shopping. She has comfortable thin strap, a large slip pocket on the front side with a tab button closure. Sophie is easy to make, she has so many endless possibilities with use of color and patterns. She is a very roomy 12 1/2" x 12" great size for all your personal belongings. You can see more of Sophie by clicking this link:
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Friday, July 30, 2010

Horse Show Weekend

This is a little off topic but I wanted to share a bit of my busy life. My daughter shows horses and this is a picture of her and her first horse Othello. This weekend is a horse show and we are so excited. This is her second show with him. Wish us luck!! Yeah!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A little info on Interfacing

Interfacing is what gives your bag character. It is what defines the look and feel. Interfacing is the most important part of your bag to give it structure when it is needed most. Interfacing is fused or sewn to the wrong side of your fabric to give it structure. If you are making a casual bag use an interfacing that is light weight and flexible. This will allow your bag to move with out a lot of structure but give it support. Hobo bags, casual totes and small bags are perfect for this interfacing. Light weight fleece interfacing is perfect for hobobags and can also be used. If you want a little more structure, use a medium weight interfacing, this gives a bit more structure, it is still giving you a casual look to the bag but yet a little more structure. Totes with embellishment and appliques, quilted bags, large bags like messenger bags and diaper bags are a perfect example for this interfacing. For a bag that requires a lot of structure like evening bags, clutches etc.., line your bag body and lining. This will allow your bag to stand on it's own. Light weight fusible interfacing is a fabulous product for small projects like coin purses, small bags (wristlets) wallets, and giving those saggy pockets structure. This interfacing comes in a variety of weights and makes a great substitute for sew interfacing. It is all up to you, you know what you are looking for. Do not be afraid to try, touch it at the store to get the feel for every weight, experiment with it. The options are endless. You can find interfacing at most of your fine fabric stores and online. I recently did some research on interfacing and found this helpful link that gives detailed information on choosing interfacing, preshrinking fabrics and fusing: Just remember to have fun with your project. You are creating a one of a kind piece of art, take your time and enjoy.

The Brenda Tote Bag

This is probably the best bag out there today. I absolutely love this bag. It is perfect for anyone who loves to be organized. Its perfect size holds file folders, magazines etc... Brenda has many pockets for all your essentials. Pens, cell phone etc...
The sides of the bag tie closed if you choose not to fill her full. To keep her closed is a tab over the front velcro closure. Quick and easy to make and use. She has a double shoulder strap for comfort. This is really an all around great bag. For more information on Brenda please click on the photo. To sign up for my monthly news letter please click here:
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Monday, July 12, 2010

The Kenda Backpack simply adorable!

I love to share this backpack with you. It is probably my favorite one. It is best used as a purse then an actual backpack, but for the little ones with the right fabric this would be perfect. My inspiration was my daughter. She loves the quilted look and the smaller backpacks for school so I naturally had to make this style for her. This is the view of the front of the bag. The front has a slip pocket with a tab over the front to keep everything secure.

The inside is completely lined with pockets to help keep you organized. It is very roomy for the size. Remember to use coordinating fabric for the inside. It really completes the bag.

This is a view of the side of the bag to show you how comfortable it sits on your back. The straps are adjustable so you can set it just perfectly for your body structure.

The bag is quilted front and back. I love the top of the bag how it folds so perfectly when you draw the bag closed. The back of the bag has a zipper pocket (Picture not shown) . The zipper pocket is very easy to install.
This is close up view of the detail on the bag, it has coordinating strips of fabric to give it some style and add another element of color, fabric pattern design and dimension. This is a perfect size backpack to carry as your everyday bag. It is comfortable and full of a lot of style. Kenda is easy to make and with school just around corner you want to be ready and surprise someone with this fabulous backpack. For more information about this backpack please click on this link: Sign up for my monthly news letter: