Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Some of my favourite recent finishes :D

A while back, I spotted a fun paper pieced fish pattern @ Craftsy and had to have it.  It's free!  I made the fishy block, then dug through my black and white scrap bin to make this very simple tote.  I added an eye bead instead of paper piecing the tiny little iris that's in the pattern - easier and less fiddly, plus - who doesn't like using eye beads, amiright? ;)

These pencil cases were made using the last of a collection of scraps I had been given years ago.  The two on the left were pieced onto used colour catcher sheets, an item that's rarer than hen's teeth here in Canada.  Where it IS available, it's priced similarly to the price of gold ... GRRRR!  However, it's widely and inexpensively available south of the border, and luckily I get to go south of the border regularly, thanks to my long-suffering husband, LOL.  I buy them for my friend Nancy as well, and she kindly gives me her used ones to upcycle :D  It's a thing we do, Miss Nancy and I!  :D

A couple of those bags have beads on them, for fun and bling ;) 

More bead bling ;)

While I had my b&w scrap bin out for the fishy tote, I whipped up a few more b&w bags for the donation box.  Another simple tote ...

... a Bella clutch, and 2 earbud pouches :D  I think I made a few more bags but they got gifted before I could get pictures :D

This last bag is actually my favourite of all of these bags - it's not fancy, it's not big, it's not made with lovely quilt store fabric.  I just used scraps from my blue scrap bin, and made a regular zippy.   I stitched the scraps onto a base I had patchworked from batting scraps, then I cross-hatch quilted the outer pieces with blue variegated thread.  I added some buttons from my button collection, and called it a day.  I think scraps are the jewels of the fabric world, and this type of pouch, made with what are basically, throwaway supplies, gives me The Happy Feels :D  Plus - it's cute!  ;)


  1. Your projects are all so cute! I also love the scrappy pouch -- and I agree that scraps are treasures.

  2. All of your pouches and bags are so pretty, but I do have a fondness for blue, so I especially love that one. Thanks so much for being so inspiring! I think I might have to add some scrappy pouches to my summer "to-do" list.

  3. Sandra, I love your fish paper piecing tote, It's so cute!! :) And, of course, the rest of your finishes!!!

  4. What a great idea to use that fishy block in the tote bags it lifts the black and white bags into a whole new realm of brilliance :) How strange that the colour catcher sheets are rare in your corner of the globe, I would have thought that they were a fairly staple item nowadays. I am always amazed at how much dye they catch in supposedly colourfast washes.

  5. What a great collection of scrappy bags - I love the fish. xx

  6. Wow wow I love that fish - I don't paper piece but I'm going to get it and try it with applique. Too cute! Your bags are ALL great, girl, that blue one is so pretty. Well done!!!

  7. You’re the bag making queen! They are all lovely. I especially like that fish! How clever! I have to admit that I love making bags, too!

  8. The pink fish with a background of black and white really looks lovely!!! I would never have thought of that combo - works so well. Great job making all those bags from scraps of fabric. The blue one is beautiful.


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