I splurged and got myself some fun Japanese fabric scraps the other day from this shop, Beautiful Work.
They arrived ridiculously quick. All the way from Japan.
I love how I can mail a cup cozy to the US and it takes ages to arrive but fabric from Japan got to me in just under a week.
Silly postal mysteries.
So you know what I should have been doing yesterday with my afternoon off, no not attending 3 appointments, I *should* have been photographing my finished bag!
I promise to snag some pics over the weekend.
Also I’m going to make this next.
You may be able to find it elsewhere but that’s where I bought it.
After the great inner debate I had I decided to go with no pockets at all.
I just thought it showed off the awesomeness of the fabric’s print better without pockets taking away from it. Plus I’m ridiculously indecisive and the votes seemed pretty split.
It was received well as my first day of school outfit.
I believe non-scrap bits of fabric are just called fabric.
I ordered some more fun stuff. Yeah, I need to stop ordering and get sewing.
I do have a problem.
But I admit it.
Well sort of. I have this fun Japanese sewing book.
I gave one of the patterns a shot, I figured it was simple enough, but I managed it!
I even had to do some tricky math to scale the pattern because my hardware was a different size from what the pattern called for . . . well I think it was.
I used my fun hippo fabric I’ve had lying around for a while with a scrap swap piece on the inside. I’m super happy with how it turned out.
I’m not sure about how I handled the openings where the snap frame slides in but it works and looks good. Time to try another pattern.
Ok, I got the most amazing scraps in one of my scrap swap packages. I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome the pieces were and how great they fit with the fun fabrics I love! Not to mention she threw in some fun stuff left over from when she ran a Japanese store online.
Here’s some eye candy.
Some of these Japanese prints are amazing! I don’t know if I can bring myself to cut them up and actually sew with them.
This one is great but I’m totally baffled on what it’s about. Must be another strange Japanese fairy tale, seems to be a lot of people on fire in those.
Anyhow, I’m smitten with the contents of this package. And remember to store your strawberries in a DRAY place.
I’m such a nut. So I sat down with the pattern I intended to use for my lunch bag loaded up on my iPad, read the materials, gathered them up and then read the finished size and said to myself “Oh that’s too small!” and wandered off to do my own thing. Welcome to the way I sew my friends. I’m a terrible pattern follower. The truth is out. I’ll share the dimensions I used soon.
So onto my awesome lunch bag.
I used some of that wonderful elephant print I had lying around and matched it up with some red $1 bargain cut from a quilting shop, and some aqua damask. I had a piece of handle bits that was just the right size.
I used iron in interfacing and recycled some fleece I had lying around for the padding.
It’s a big hit at school!
I love this bag already, even without handles!
I took a break from creating for others on the weekend and finished this Saturday night. I stayed up way to late to get it done I was so excited. I intended to sew the handles on Sunday morning and have a lovely new bag. BUT turns out the handles I bought (before I knew what fabric I was going to use) are too small. I won’t be able to put the bag on my shoulder and they’re so small they look a bit silly.
So I’ve rearranged my BFF night out (Thanks BFF!) so I can head to the store tomorrow and pick up a longer set of handles.
Guess I’ll have to just sew another purse for these handles I already have *smile*
I know, you’re shocked right?
When I went to the Creativ Festival I hit upon 2 super exciting booths in the last aisle (apparently where I should have gone first). The combined powers of those booths have spawned this amazing purse. Oh and me staying up until 1:30 possessed with finishing it. That’s misleading, it’s a really quick bag to make, I just wandered down to my craft space really late.
Both of these booths were so crowded I had to fight my way to get to the things I wanted. At the Kallista Quilts booth I was amazed to see some Echino fabric. I have never seen any in person so it was great to get to pick from some pre-cut pieces and buy some right off the bolt. Kallista Quilts are also on Etsy if you care to see their selection. They have great quality Japanese linens.
A few booths away I found Quilt A Bag. These ladies also carry some lovely Japanese fabrics, some of the more cutesy stuff I like. They also carry all sorts of fun things to make bags and purses and totes and change purses . . . all of which are my weakness. I’ve got a little rule in place to curb my addiction, I’m not allowed to buy myself another bag/tote/purse/etc but I sure am allowed to have a new one if I work my butt of making it!!
I bought a kit for the vest bag but then went ahead and made it using a $5 piece of the Echino I got, it was just enough, a random fat quarter and I used the piece they included in the kit to line the bottom. I also got fancy and added an interior pocket and a magnetic snap.
I was really intrigued by the webbing used for straps. It was super easy to make the bag, there’s no turning because the webbing hides all the raw edges. Just fold it over and sew it on!
I’m so happy with how it turned out. Now to tackle the key ring coin purse.