Monday, September 18, 2017

Bag It 2017 begins today :)

I thought it would be fun to make Halloween trick or treat bags for a couple of kiddos that I know.  I've already made them Halloween pillowcases but when I spotted this tutorial, I knew I wanted to make bags as well ... as one sometimes does ;)  I pulled out some fabric to trial the tutorial for sizing.  As it turns out, it would be just right for a 2 or 3 year old, but I'm going to do the Halloween version a bit taller.   Almost as soon as it was finished, a friend bought it to use as gift wrap for a gnome themed gift :D  I hope to get the Halloween version cut out soon - I have an idea for a 3D embellishment that I came up with a few nights ago while trying to fall asleep - hopefully it works out!

Today I made a bag for my neighbour - she wanted to buy a bag to use for her markers and school supplies (she's a teacher) - I couldn't let her buy something that I could make for her (happily!  I love my neighbour!) so I pulled out fabric I picked up during a visit to Sew Sisters (NAYY) at the beginning of the summer, and I whipped this up.  It measures 9 1/2" X 4" x 4" :)

It's quilted with light grey embroidery thread, and lined with black/white gingham (I buy it at Joanns in the States when I go down there - it's not polyestery like regular gingham - it's a lovely weight of cotton that works well for the bags I like to make).  I think she'll like it - I'm going to go put it on the fence between our two houses and call her :D   We have a thing, my neighbour and I ;)  She leaves garden goodies from her garden, on top of the fence on occasion, then calls me to tell me that our fence is doing weird things, LOL ... I try to return the favour when I can!

I'm participating in the Bag It 2017 event that Patty @ Elm Street Quilts hosts - it starts today so my Star Trek bag will be my first entry :)  (The gnome bag was made prior to today so it doesn't count).   If you like sewing bags, you should check it out - there will be lots of fun tutorials, and people posting their finishes (great inspiration!) and even some cool prizes :D  It runs from September 18 - December 15, 2017 :)

Edited a bit later (lol) to add this photo ...

Not 5 minutes after this picture was taken, the wind blew the bag into the neighbour's yard, LOL.
Murphy's Law - nobody is home to rescue it, so I texted her and
told her to go on a hunt when she gets home :D

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Working my way through my stash of zippers ...

My zipper stash is rather extensive, and I like adding to it :)  I have a bunch 'o zips coming from Ebay so I thought I should try to make room for the new guys :D

Here's part of another one of my "theme" collections ...
there were a bunch of bits and pieces from a line
of bunny and critter fabrics ... enough for 9 bags :)

It was a nice day to hang them on the clothesline, lol!

These bags will be going to Blue Hills next week :)

TMNT Magic Pouch for a birthday boy :)
TMNT and Wonder Woman Magic Pouches for the
birthday brother and birthday sister of the
birthday boy recipient of the Magic Pouch above :D
Boxy bag for the niece of a dear friend ... niece is leaving in
a few days to go to university in Israel!  Oh my - exciting!
My friend wanted to send her niece some goodies for the plane -
lip balm, candy, pen, notepad - things like that - and asked
if I could make a pretty bag for her.  My friend
likes the result - I hope the recipient does as well!

A bag for yet another young lady headed off to university!
She likes Pokemon, LOL.  I tucked some notecards and stamps
in the bag so that she could send some surprise "miss you"
notes to her family when the mood strikes :)
If the sun keeps shining, I can get more clothesline pictures tomorrow - I have some kiddy wallets and other items ready for the counselling center, but I need to get pictures before I send them off :)


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