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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Allie Tote Bag Sew Along

This is my sew along bag I will be sharing for July. It is originally made for Allie, she was my swap partner on my bag group. Sue my moderator organized a very successful summer swap. It was a lot of fun. Thank you Sue.
The bag is a quilt block pattern with lots of pockets, no closure but it is deep enough so there is no worries. The back of the bag is all pockets, great for slip and run out the door.
I just love this bag, it was fun to make and hopefully everyone will have fun making it as well.
Lv Jackie

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Daphne' Handbag Accessory

Daphne' is every women's favorite handbag accessory. She is full of style, and function.
This pattern has so many options they are endless. First, the accessory bag is a very easy to install inside zipper pocket. Not only does it have this feature it also has two slip pockets to keep even more of your favorite items organized. The zipper pocket is perfect for loose change and cash. The slip pockets are perfect for receipts, credit cards and so much more.The flap for Daphne' is a Velcro closure, very important to keep your credit cards safe.
The Daphne' accessory case has been made by Posh clients as a shoulder bag as well. It makes the perfect all around bag for anyone.

Daphne' also comes with a sun glass case the coordinated perfectly. The front of Daphne' has a slip pocket for easy access. The closure is a flap over the front Velcro. Inside can hold your favorite sunglasses, a small camera etc..
The handy hand strap is perfect for the on the go wristlet as well. Another great bag.
Size of accessory bag: 6 1/2" x 7"Size of sun glass case: 7 1/2" x 4"

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Thank you. Jackie

Friday, June 19, 2009

My Coconut Bag

This is my coconut bag. I recieved this coconut bag from a friend. She got it from a yard sale. It looks handmade, but I am not sure. Inside has a zipper lining to keep your things inside. It is really neat. My daughter just loves this bag.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Louie Our Crazy Weenier Dog

This is Louie, Louie loves to entertain himself by rubbing his back on the floor, normaly he has a sock in his mouth. Here is a video of our crazy dog for you to giggle about. "Oh that Crazy Dog!!"

My Wedding Gown

This is my beautiful gown. It has been years since I have seen it. It has been at my moms house. She was house cleaning and it was stored there. It was still in the original zip bag you get when you buy it at the store. So I pulled it out last night and decided to look at it. I just love my dress.
It is amazing house skinny I was. A 28" wasit lol.. Not anymore but I am working on it. I have a goal of loosing 55 pounds this summer. It is tuff. I love the beaded work and the way the satin was folded to create the rose buds. You can see a lot of work was done to make this dress.

The back of the dress has this adorable bow with beads on it as well. I did not get any alterations done to this dress, I made my self to fit this dress. I did not want the alterations lady to touch it. I was not sure of her ability and it was perfect the way it was. $728.00 for the gown is a lot of money to put towards it and I did not want anyone to make any mistakes. lol..
The dress is so beautiful, you should have seen my daughters face when I brought it out, she says mom, you fit into that, what happened? lol Oh kids you just got to love them.
The entire bottom of the dress has the rose buds through dress to pull the while thing together. There are rows and rows of tulle to make it flow and beautiful.
For a time I made bridal bags. When I find the pictures I will post them.
I am glad I was able to share this with you.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fay The All in One Bag

Most of you may or may not know that I live in Florida. In Florida we have many many hurricanes. I have to say, if you have never witnessed one, it is quite the experience. Sometimes you have to evacuate, sometimes you don't. It really depends on the category of the storm.
Well 2 years ago, one decided to come to Florida and never leave. She was not a very high category so most of us were not evacuated. But one thing they do not predict is the amount of rain. Sure they can give you there estimate, but lets face it, lol it is never on target. Hurricane Fay decided to pay us a visit one year and never leave. The rain she placed in Florida was unbelievable and left me and my family flooded in. Sooo as I sit there starring at my sewing machine and computer my husband says hey Jack, why don't you put a bag together that is named after the hurricane. I thought that was a great idea! So here she is "Fay" hurricane inspired bag. lol..
Fay was designed with you in mind who loves to have everything right there by your side with quick easy access, no fuss, no muss. No wallet needed because everything is right there. There is a zipper pocket for your small items, tons of slip pockets to organize all your favorite things. Now that is just handy. There are two flaps, one on the inside. You can barely see it because I used the same fabric as the bag body it is has a Velcro closure and one on the front to close every thing in, this has a magnetic snap closure. If I was going to rate this pattern for my self to make with 10 being the hardest and 1 simple, I would give it a 5. It is more time consuming then anything due to all the pockets. But I feel as tho this bag is worth the time, everything is right there for you and you look oh so faaaaaaabulous!!
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Beautiful Fabric!!!

I just love fabric and I am very very lucky to have the best resource out there. My favorite fabric is large flowers with bright bold prints. I love the natural tones as well. But nothing brings more happiness then those vibrant colors. These are photos of my recent ones.
All my fabrics come from: . Her name is Mickie and her only passion is finding the best quality fabrics, top name brands and the widest assortments for you to choose from.
She has names like Alexander Henry, Bernatex, Micheal Miller, Blank, Kona bay and so much more. Not only is she the best fabric store out there, she is my mother. :0) I am a living witness that her fabrics are truly beautiful. I encourage you to stop by her store: Tell her I sent you, I promise, you will not be let down. I will continuously post about more fabrics I get so you can see all the fun stuff I get! Future bags are waiting!!

Sewing Tip for June, Your Machine Needles

Sewing machine needles. They are our everyday tool to make those amazing handbags, quilts and so much more. We rely on them and expect them to function properly.
Often tho, they do not and we do not realize it. It is the little things that make the difference in your art.
What happens, the tip of the needle become blunt, if you look at it and touch the needle point it may seem normal to you, even feel sharp. But in reality, it is not as sharp as it was when you first began.
Running a dull needle will do many things, first it puts a lot of wear and tear on your sewing machine. It allows the motor in the machine to work harder then what it should, which in turn will put a lot of stress of the motor and cause you to send it to the shop more often then needed.
Next it will cause damage to your fabric, those fine fabrics will have little runs in them and if the needle is dull enough it will cause the same in those beautiful cottons we love so much.
If you listen to a new needle sewing in the machine, it pierces the fabric with out any friction, if you listen to a needle that has been used more then what it should, you will hear the needle pierce the fabric and sound as if it is going through paper and even struggle at times.
For every 5 small projects to 1 or 2 large projects, depending how much machine stitching you use. Change out your needle to a new one and throw the old away.
I know needles are expensive, but in the long run it will save you money at the machine shop.

Melyenda Wristlet Tutorial

Isn't she cute. I love this bag. I use one and I have to say it is perfect for going out to dinner. I hate caring my big bag so this is perfect. I place my cell, I carry a LG Incite, my credit cards, drivers licence a little cash, lip stick. My hubby carries the car keys. Get your machine ready you are going to want to make bunches of these.
Melyenda is a draw string wristlet with a round flat bottom. She measure approximately 3" across and about 11" high.

Here is a view of the inside.

1. You will need 2 panels 1 of fabric body cut 12 1/4" x 9" and 1 for the lining 12 1/4" x 9"
2. Cut 2 of light weight fusible interfacing 12 1/4" x 9"
3. 2 strips of double fold bias tape store purchase, each cut at 25" long (If you do not want to use bias, you can use cording or ribbon.)
4. Plastic insert for bottom of bag for support, cut 1/2" smaller then the pattern supplied.
5. For draw string casing cut 2 strips of fabric,1 1/2" x 6"
6. 2 circles cut one for bag body and one for lining 4" in diamater, or 2" radius

1. You will need the cut 1 circle for the bag body 4" in diamater or 2" radius.
2. Using your cut panels, please fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the bag body and the lining panels.
3. Using the bag body panel fold in half long wise right sides facing each other and sew the short side using a 3/8" seam allowance.

4. With the panel remaining wrong side facing you, evenly distribute the bottom edge of the panel lining up the raw edges of the circle and bottom edge, pin to secure. Be sure the right sides are facing each other, bag body panel and bag bottom. See image below.
Sew in place using a 3/8" seam allowance. Turn right side facing you, press your bottom flat and seams.

1. Use the same instructions for the bag body to make the lining, excluding turning right side facing you.

1. Using the cut Bias tape, sew them closed by using a single machine stitch up the center of the Bias tape.

2. Tie your ends. Set aside for later.


1. Using your cut panels for the draw string casing. With wrong side facing you, press each long raw edge in towards the center of the casing.

2. Next fold each press each short end of the casing 1/2" towards the center.

3. Using the bag body, center the casing on one side of the bag 2" from the top. Pin in place.

4. Once complete press the top edge of the lining and bag body top edge 1/2", press facing wrong side of the fabric.

5. Slip lining inside the bag, line your pressed edge and the side sewn seam. Pin to secure.

6. Sew in place using a 3/8" seam allowance.

7. Using a safety pin attach to end of your binding slip into the right cavity casing and come out of the other casing right side, till ends meet each other. Slip knot those ends together. Using the other Bias tape attach safety pin and insert on the left side of the first casing you went through, then come out through the other left side casing meeting the ends. Slip knot those together. You now have handles on each side, right and left. Pull tie to close bag.
Bag Complete.
She really is fun to make and quick. Send me pictures of your bags I would love to see them and use them in my news letter.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Praying Mantis

Check this guy out. Cool ehy! He was on the side of the house peeking in the sliding glass doors. I am lucky to grab this picture of him. It took a while but he finally left. Walking along the side of the house.

Chloe Wristlet

This is Chloe, it is an adorable wristlet. She is so easy to make with a lot of options for you.
She has a hand strap with a magnetic snap closure. The flap is unique and secures every thing you can place inside. This bag is great for your cell, keys, a little cash etc..

Here you can see under the flap, nice space to slip your items you need in a hurry. She really is great to keep your grab and go stuff inside and place in your bag.

The back has another slip pocket that I divided so you can keep slender items inside. You do not have to divide the slip pocket. Keep it a full size to add larger items. She really is adorable, quick to make and looks great with all kinds of fabrics. She has an easy pallet to be creative.
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

My friend Rosemarie

This is my friend Rosemarie. I am blogging about my wonderful friend because she is caring 2 fabulous handbags. The top one is the Josephine shoulder bag, it is her favorite and she received this bag from a very dear friend of hers for her birthday. That is so wonderful. The picture just above is the Rosemarie bag. I did make this pattern inspired by her. She came to me with an idea. After that wala, a Rosemarie bag. She looks absolutely fabulous in her bags and she is so happy. I am honored that she has them both. Thank you Rosemarie you are the best!!


This is an adorable pattern to carry. Rosemarie has all the options to keep you organized and look absolutely fabulous. She has a large pocket on the front of the bag with adorable pleats on the top and bottom. This is a full size pocket, great for grab and go. The bag of this perfect bag has 2 large slip pockets to keep your important things on hand, keys, cell etc.. There is a decorative tab on the back side to give it some embellishment. Rosemarie has a double shoulder strap that will also be a great handbag as well. The closure is a loop over a button. Inside is makes this bag just amazing. It has a divider zipper pocket, this is a great option for you to keep all of your important items secure. In addition she also has two more slip pockets on the inside. Now that is organizing at it's best. She looks great with all fabrics, it is up to you to make her your own "one of a kind".
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Josephine is an adorable shoulder bag that is just perfect for everyday. She has character and a fashion flare all her own.
Josephine is a perfect size to fit all your personal items and still look fabulous.
This pattern is very easy to make. Perfect if you are busy and do not have a lot of time to spend at the sewing machine.She also offers an easy pallet of creativity for you to express yourself.
She has a single shoulder strap with a flap over the front magnetic snap closure.
The entire bag has a band across the bottom so you can mix and match as many fun fabrics as you like. The picture below shows just that. The bag featured has three different fabrics that all coordinate perfectly together to create a fun sassy bag.
The top has a wide opening for easy access.
Inside is fully lined with pockets to keep everything neat and organized.
Size: 14" x 8 1/2"
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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Handbag Calander 2009~2010

I have included on my website a 2009~2010 handbag calender for you to print.
The image to the left is located at this address:
Please click on it, then the photo that is located on the left and it will load as a pdf for you to print.
I hope that you enjoy it. You never know when you need a calender. It is nice to have one handy.
Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Brenda Handbag Pattern

This is Brenda. Isn't she just fabulous. Oh my goodness I just love this bag. She is so easy to make and full of so many options.
Brenda is a full size tote bag has enough room to hold file folders, your favorite magazines, book etc..
She has many many pockets to keep all your items organized.
If you do not have many thing to place inside, that is ok, she draws in on the sides to close in. There is a tab closure with Velcro to keep everything tucked inside.
She has a double strap for security, flat bottom to keep your bag looking crisp and clean.
She is great for travel, business etc...
Brenda is an all around great bag.
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