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Brand new bag

I finally made myself a bag I’ve been wanting to make for months. I used Echino fabrics for the exterior and the lining. The pattern is the Highbrow Hobo from U-Handbag.

It’s a nice bag and I really like it. There’s no inner pocket in the pattern and I really wouldn’t want a bag without one so I added a double pocket. The only part that I really had problems with was the faux piping along the top. Every time I got by the snap, it got messed up. I ended up just not doing it after ripping it out twice. There just wasn’t enough room even using the zipper foot.

If I were doing the bag again I would do the straps differently. I don’t like that the short ends have raw edges on them. I couldn’t be bothered coming up with a different way of doing them this time around but it’s definitely not something I would have left if the bag was for someone else.

I’ve gotten tons of compliments and lots of people have said they wanted my bag so I guess that’s a good sign! And here it is!

I wanted to finish the bag before I go away. I’m going to Toronto in a couple of weeks so I wanted to have it for then.

I’ve been reading a lot. I read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series in the span of 2-3 weeks. I’d read the first one a little while ago and then I read the other 9 plus the collection of short stories all this month. Since I finished them I don’t know what to read. People have tried to suggest books to me but I really am looking for something in particular, something I guess I can’t really describe but I will know it if I should ever stumble onto it.

I really enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse series. I think the writing and character development in True Blood is better but that doesn’t take away from how enjoyable the books are in the least. I really wish there were more of them so I could keep reading.

I just watched Repo Men and it was incredibly boring. I guess when you rip off your ideas from another movie you can’t really produce anything of substance. I thought I’d give it a shot even though when I saw the preview I was really not impressed that they’d copied the premise of Repo Man – The Genetic Opera completely. I’ve got to say that was probably a waste of 2 hours, it wasn’t really worth watching but since I have nothing to read I didn’t really have anything else to do!

I wish the summer would never end. I’d like to stop things right now and just stay here forever…

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Embroidery Scissors Holder

This isn’t a proper tutorial. I’ll make one up later. For now I wanted to share the template I made for an embroidery scissors holder. I couldn’t find anything I liked so I decided to just make my own. I laid the scissors down on some paper and drew around them. I then measured that out and got some graph paper and freehand drew the template. I’m including it here as a pdf file so you can download it if you’d like:

Embroidery Scissors Holder Template

Like I said, I’ll write up a proper tutorial for this later. Feel free to download the template and use it as you wish, just don’t republish the template anywhere or claim it as your own please.

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Hey baby!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before or not but something that I’ve found frustrating on my hunt for free patterns is that a good majority of the baby clothes tell me to either “measure my little one” or base my pattern off of an item of clothing of “my baby’s”. Well that’s all well and good for mama sewers but guess what? I don’t have a baby. I do want to make baby clothes though. No one seems to consider that maybe some of us want to make gifts for friends and family or even make to sell. It would be nice if some of the people who are providing free sewing patterns/tutorials would actually include the measurements along with suggesting I measure my own (non-existent) baby. I’m not going to go out and buy baby clothes so that I can use them to base patterns from and if you’re making a gift and want it to be a surprise, asking someone to borrow an item of clothing that belongs to their baby is a little strange!

I love that people are so willing to share, I really do. I just wish some of those moms with sewing blogs would realize that not everyone reading their blog is a mom and throw a little love our way!

This post has been brought to you by a search for a nice pattern for baby pants! 🙂

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Would you like to swing on a star?

Speaking of freebies on the web, I’ve got to say, I really appreciate it when people take the time to make their free tutorials and patterns into a pdf download.  I realize not everyone knows how but it’s worth figuring it out if you’re someone that posts tutorials.  It’s so much nicer to just click a button and save it for later than what I do now which is to copy and paste it into Word, fuss around with the layout and save it that way.

I think having them as pdfs that you can download also makes both the site and the tutorial/pattern itself look much more professional.  There are also multiple sites where you can host these files such as Scribd.com.  I know that on my Macbook, I can choose to save a file as a pdf so it’s super simple but even if you can’t do that, a quick search for “free pdf generator” brings up tons of hits.

One of my friends sent me a bunch of old patterns the other day.  I’ll take photos and upload them at some point so that I can show them off.  It’s neat and who knows, maybe one day I’ll actually make one.  I also went on a treasure hunt (I refer to this house as a treasure chest because I’m forever finding neat things stored away) and I found 2  Walt Disney toy patterns.  One is Pluto and the other is Donald Duck.  It’s funny because each pattern has a price of 25 cents on the envelope.  I’ll post those as well when I get around to it.

I’m really hoping that I can sew up a small inventory and hit the local market this summer.  I need to spend more time actually sewing but it’s very hard when you feel exhausted all the time.  I wish I could spend my days sewing and taking pictures and if I could run a small store where I sold cool things like original photography, art, handmade jewellery and bags, I would be in Heaven.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years.  Ever since my very first visit to New York City when I was in grade 12.  We went to Greenwich Village and I went into all these boutiques that sold funky clothes.  We don’t have stuff like that here and I thought that I would love to have my own clothing store but I know that wouldn’t get off the ground.  Sadly neither would a small shop selling art and handmade items.  No one wants to pay the actual value for things around here and I would never make enough money to afford rent.  I can dream though and I can wish.  Maybe someday I’ll find a way to make it happen.  And I’ll write that novel too.  Yeah, big dreams.

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Quilting synchronicity!

When I was reading Moby Dick for a university course, our professor found that whales were being mentioned everywhere he looked.  Have you ever noticed that?  You’re reading something or doing something and suddenly everywhere you look, you’re seeing related stories and information?  I’ve started taking a quilting class, as I’ve mentioned and Sew Mama, Sew has started their “quilting month”.  Pressing, I’ve come to learn, is a major part of quilting.  I’ve only been sewing a little over a year but I’ve come to learn that pressing a seam open when making bags and clothes makes your work look more polished, more professional, things lie flatter and overall just look better.

Now as I take this class I was told to press the seams to one side.  I wondered why but didn’t question it at all.  Then I came across a quilting blog somewhere, I don’t even know where now, where the person was pressing their seams open.  Well, I thought, if I don’t have to press them to the side, then I’m not going to.  My next quilt will have the seams pressed open, I told myself.  Of course, being me, I couldn’t wait for the next quilt and so, the next patch that I sewed together, I pressed the seams open.  What I found was that my points lined up better, the patch lay flatter and overall, I just found it looked much better.

Naturally, as things have a way of doing, I came across this article by Mary Benson about pressing seams open.  Funny how that goes.

Here’s the quilt in progress.  The final photo is the patch where I pressed the seams open.

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