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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:

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Handmade Gifts say I Love You!

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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?