Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Break

It is fall break, two extra days off and time to sew. I thought I would start a new project. I have a beautiful dessert roll with pink, lime green, turquoise and yellow, a beautiful combination of colors. I cut them into strips and made a square patchwork pattern. I'm not sure yet where I'm going with this. Maybe a small quilt or a bag. We'll see - pictures when it's finished.

Decided on a pretty pink quilted diaper bag or baby carryall.

I think this might be my best design so far. Large versatile bag with an easy access velcro tab closure. I used fusible fleece rather than quilt batting. This one is for sale at my Etsy shop. Bel Aire Village

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Denim Purse

In the last two weeks I have been sewing things for myself. One of my newest projects is a denim purse. I have made denim purses before. One of my favorites was a bag I made by combining denim and some quilting pieces. My red ink pen leaked through and ruined it.

So last week I made a new one. I like the idea of recycling denim jeans into purses, but it does present some challenges. The seams get bulky and my sewing machine doesn't like them. Despite the disagreements between my machine and the denim, it turned out nice. I added a pretty pink cotton lining and a a metal button cover for decorations.

The denim bag adds some variety to my collection of quilted handbags and purses. The quilted bags are colorful and bright, but sometimes they don't go with everything you're wearing. The advantage for denim is it seems to go with everything.

Take a look at some of my denim and quilted bags on my etsy shop.  Bel Aire Village


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Diaper Bag Design

Worked all afternoon on a new design for a Diaper Bag. Started with the basic bag pattern added a layer of batting and a lining. Didn't work. Batting just made it look poofy without any shape.

I redesigned the lower section with batting but did a small machine quilted diamond pattern. The quilting made it look much better; it had texture, color and stability. The center section has heavyweight interfacing and the upper portion is pieced from the fabrics used in the bag and other complimentary pieces from my fabric collections. The straps, velcro closing tab, and lining are made from the soft green floral fabric used in the center section. It has slip pockets on the inside of both sides of the bag.

This one will work it is a great design, good size, will hold everything needed for the baby, easy to carry, and pretty.

You can view this one and others at my Etsy shop. Bel Aire Village