A few days ago my adorable great niece Alexa told me how her friend had a handbag in which she could carry her crayons and a small drawing pad; her subtle way of asking me to make her a handbag. She loves everything I sew for her, but I usually have to guess at what she wants. This was one of the few times when she has asked me to sew something for her. Of course I jumped to it with this cross body bag. The fabric is a little mature for an eight year old, but she asked for black.
Anyway the bag is really simple, it has a zipper on top and is lined. I really like the handles stitched to the sides. This was a little tricky, and my finishing is not exactly perfect. I am sure Alexa won’t notice the bit of crooked stitching. I will have to work on it, maybe on the next bag.
The base is black linen that I purchased at fabric-store and the birch fabric I purchased from Ink and Spindle a couple of years ago and finally found a project for it. Still have enough for another purse or two. The great thing about handbags is that they don’t take a whole lot of fabric, so you can afford to splurge.
Anytime I want to take wine as a hostess gift it seems I never have a bag handy. So I thought I would come up with something pretty and easy to make. Well I think I hit mark on pretty (hope you agree), may have missed a bit on the easy part. After much thought I wound up making the lower half of the wine bottle bag in-the-hoop and then stitched the band on manually. In the end it is fairly easy, just takes a bit longer than I really wanted. The trick is to make a few at the same time to have on hand when needed – the more you make the faster you get. Anyway, the wine bottle bag is all finished up and in my Etsy store.
Finally finished up the folded needle case and it”s up in my Etsy store. This simple needle case is made entirely in-the-hoop. I’ve included one lining design labeled for hand stitch needles and one for sewing machine needles. Plus there is a spot for your scissors or snips. It’s super simple to make, you’ll want to make one for all your crafty friends.
Sewing retailers if you think your customers would enjoy making the folded needle case in your embroidery club or in a class, I have an embroidery club price which, as you know, gives you the right to distribute the instructions to your customers. All you need to do is email me to setup the special price for you!
Remember my beautiful sewing room?
Well this is what it looks like today thanks to the flood we had a week and a half ago.
My cabinets are empty and gathering dust in the center of the room. Most of my sewing supplies are packed away and in storage. I managed to setup a temporary sewing spot in my guest bedroom.
It’s a little squishy, no room to cut and I have precious few fabrics. I did however manage to make this folded needle case.
The snaps are packed away, so the needle case is held closed with a pin for now.
This little needle case is made entirely in the hoop. It took me many days to figure it all out. But now the embroidery designs are finished. Just have to write up some instructions and make a couple more samples for show. I am hopeful to have it ready in a couple of weeks.