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A Kennedy Bag…for Sale!

The Kennedy Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Kennedy BagThe Kennedy Bag is a free pattern from Sew Sweetness.   In the sewing community, Sara Lawson, the brains behind Sew Sweetness, is a bag making rock star!  She not only sells some of the neatest looking bags, with very helpful instructions, she has a whole load of free patterns and tutorials, including 20 free bag patterns. The Kennedy Bag sewn by Skirt FixationThis is the second free bag pattern from Sew Sweetness that we’ve made.  All the material for this bag came from a local quilt shop. The Kennedy Bag sewn by Skirt FixationThe main fabric is Joel Dewberry’s Aviary Aqua fabric, and the lining and accents are shot cotton.  The corner accents are wool. The Kennedy Bag sewn by Skirt FixationI changed the way the bag handle hooks onto the side of the bag mostly because the sound of bag hardware clinking together distracts me when I’m out and about!The Kennedy Bag sewn by Skirt FixationThe whole time I was making the Kennedy Bag, I kept marveling that the pattern is free!  Sometimes sewing from free patterns is a bit of a challenge because the quality/quantity of the instruction is less than a pattern you pay for.  But not this bag! The Kennedy Bag sewn by Skirt FixationIn fact, the only complaint I have is probably due to late night tired sewing and not really the fault of the pattern.  I installed the inside zipper pocket sideways!  I probably should have marked which way was up, but the pattern piece ends up being square, so it really is confusing.  And actually, the pocket being sideways is a very handy way to carry an iPad or Kindle. The Kennedy Bag sewn by Skirt FixationThere are divider pockets on the inside as well, so it’s really handy for keeping track of things in a larger bag. The Kennedy Bag sewn by Skirt FixationThe bag closure is a solid metal snap; easy to secure but keeps your things inside.The Kennedy Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

I’m going to offer this bag for sale for $60.  It really is worth more, but because of the sideways pocket, I’ll offer it for that!  The dimensions are 14” long x 11” tall x 5” deep.  A really nice size.  If you’re interested, shoot me an email: skirtfixation@gmail.com

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Handmade Gifts say I Love You!

handmade gift

As seamstresses, we have the ability to give some really awesome gifts!  Recently, we gave some handmade gifts for some dear friends, and made a little something for ourselves too!  There’s nothing quite like saying I love you with a handmade gift.

handmade giftA friend was having a birthday, and so we made her a bag.  We used the free Arabesque bag pattern from Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness.   It was really simple to sew with great directions.  The main fabric is a checked silk fabric from the stash.

handmade giftThe interior fabric we also pulled from the stash, a black floral fabric that reminded us of our friend.

handmade giftIn this photo, you can see a black pleather bottom of the bag.  I got the idea to add it after the bag was already made, but it sort of skewed the whole thing, so I took it off.  Next time I’ll add the pleather before sewing the bag!  Our friend loves it and felt very loved when we gave her this handmade birthday gift!

handmade giftWe also sewed up another Uptown Downtown dress by Sew Straight and Gather as a gift for a cousin.  (This is the second time we’ve gifted a dress from this pattern!)  This dress is the perfect gift because it has classy lines but is made from super comfortable knit fabric.  (This is our favorite knit fabric ever as evidenced by how many colors we’ve sewn up: purple, blue, orange, grayteal, and now pink!)

handmade giftWe made this one with elbow length sleeves and maxi length with the silver waistband and silver FOE.

handmade giftRecently, we made our favorite Jocole skirt and gave it as a gift.  When Grandma flew in for a visit, her luggage was lost for a day, and so of course we whipped up a Jocole Yoga A-line Maxi skirt for her to wear!  We got this fabric in a Girl Charlee Bargain lot, and used it on Annie’s Asymmetrical Jacket.  I’m not sure who was more thrilled with the matching clothing, Annie or her Grandma!!  This is the 7th time we’ve sewn this skirt pattern, and we’re not planning on stopping anytime soon…

Thread SpoolsFor ourselves, we made the DIY Mix ‘Em Up Animal Spools.  Now we do a lot of sewing, and go through a lot of thread!  As soon as I saw this DIY project over on Handmade Charlotte, I started saving my empty thread spools.  Pretty soon I had enough to make a whole family of thread animals!

handmade giftIf you don’t sew, or don’t want to wait that long, you can purchase these similar wooden spools on Amazon: Darice 9146-58 Big Value Unfinished Wood Natural Cutout, Spool

handmade giftWe shrunk the free animal templates down to fit the smallest spools, and only used one on the really skinny spools.

handmade giftIt gives the whole crowd individual character, don’t you think?

handmade giftWe all played with these little cuties for quite a while!  And we are sure to pull them out for the youngest to play with when we have some sewing we want to get done!  What do you like to give for handmade gifts?  What handmade gifts have you received recently?

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A boy and his bible case

Bible case

Bible Case

This is the story of a boy and his bible case.  Once upon a time, there was boy.  He was three and he had lots of older brothers and sisters.  All of his older brothers and sisters had their own bible cases.  The boy had a very little bible.  Many of his older brothers and sisters would take turns carrying his little bible in their bible case.  It was such a little bible that it fit just about anywhere.  Even in the boy’s little pocket, if he tried.

Bible Case

But the boy was observant, and he noticed everyone else had their own bible case.  So one night he talked to his Daddy.

“Daddy, I want a bible case.  I don’t want to share with the big kids anymore.  I want my own bible case.”

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Now his Daddy had noticed that the boy tried very hard to sit still in worship services and seemed to be listening, and he wanted to help the boy love the worship services as much as he did.  So he said, “I will help you get your own bible case.  I will ask Mommy make your own very special bible case for your little bible.”

Bible Case

So the request was passed on to Mommy.  And Mommy bought some special bible case material and took measurements from a big bible case and sized them down to fit a little bible.  She found some special tractor fabric to line the inside, and little metal zipper just right for little hands.  And after several hours of work, she finished the little bible case.

Bible Case

The next Sunday, Daddy called the boy to him, set him on his knee and said, “Do you remember when I promised to help you get your own, special bible case?  Well, today, you will be able to carry your little bible in your own special bible case.”

Bible Case

So he gave the boy the little bible case and the boy put his little bible in the little case, and he was happy.  Now he could carry a bible case just like his big brothers and sisters.  He could unzip the little bible case and get his bible out all by himself.  He didn’t even notice that Mommy had sewn the outside pocket on upside down.  He was just so happy with his own special little bible case.

Bible Case

 

The End.  Or maybe, The Beginning!

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Sew Together Bag Review

Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

It just so happened that I had a space of time without a “have to” project to sew, so I decided to try out a bag pattern.  The Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented caught my eye the first time I saw it, and everytime since.  Recently I ordered some Liberty of London fabric with this little bag in mind, and wanted to try it out with less expensive fabric first, specifically fabric from the stash.

Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

I picked up this fabric called “Mushroom March” from Sarah Watson’s Arcadia fabric collection during Pink Chalk Fabric’s shop closing sale and decided this was the perfect place to start!  Digging through the stash, I found quite a few other coordinating fabrics and 4 matching zippers.  Using a navy blue linen for the bias binding sealed the deal.

Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

As you can see, the Sew Together Bag was designed to hold sewing supplies on the go.  A large scissors fits perfectly and the seven different compartments are perfect for keeping all your separate sewing supplies organized quite a bit better than a gallon ziplock bag.  Ahem!

Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

Two of the fabrics in this bag are batiks and they both echoed the Mushroom March fabric.  The brown lining inside the sides looks like some fungi spores, don’t you think?

Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since I was using zippers from the stash, and I only had 7 inch zippers, I had to modify the ends of the zippers a little by adding some tabs of the navy blue linen.  It worked!  This whole bag seems so organic and earthy to me in this color scheme.  I know Liberty of London fabric will give it a totally different feel.

Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

When I was finished, immediately I wanted to go digging through my stash to find more coordinating fabrics to make another bag!  The girls have been very curious about why I was making this bag and who it was for, but I think I might just keep it for myself!  It’s really that cute.  They also suggested adding a wrist strap or wooden handles, so those are things I might try next time.

Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

I choose just to quilt straight lines to complement the marching mushrooms, and love the quilted look.  I cut out my exterior fabric, ironed on some fusible fleece, and then quilted it.  I was concerned the fleece might get caught in the feed dogs with no other fabric in between, but that was not the case.

Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

The sewing instructions were very thorough and made sewing the Sew Together Bag simple.  I wouldn’t recommend it for a very beginning beginner, but someone who had never made a complex bag before could do it.  (I did!)

Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Sew Together bag would also make a very special gift.  For a fabric/gift swap, for a special friend, or of course, for yourself!

Sew My Stash Reality Check: 100% of the fabrics and zippers are from my stash!  Yipee; goal of 50% exceeded!

Sew Together Bag sewn by Skirt Fixation