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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bags and Mug Rugs

Happy Fall Y'all..

I have been so busy sewing and quilting that I have not had time to devote to my blog. I have been making birthday presents and mug rugs and now starting on a baby quilt...

First the Birthday Gifts, all the kids got bags this Birthday...The "Chase" Bag, The "Blake" Bag, and A Messenger Bag for my Step-daughter...

"Chase came first...his was a large bag that he could put his racing things in when he goes on trips. I got him to send me a pic of his Logo and I made 1 and appliqued to the front of the bag. 
I added lots of pockets throughout the bag for organization. Slip pockets in the interior and a zip pocket on the back. 
The colors are his racing colors and it is very large...
Final measurements were 10" x 16" x 25" with a concealed zipper top that allows the whole bag to open for complete access...

When he got the package, he texted and said it "Was Awesome"

That put a smile on my face...he usually just says...it is ok...or it is cool...etc...
So I know he liked it....BIG SMILES!!!



"Kaela" was next, my stepdaughter, she wanted a bag like mine...which was a messenger bag, that she could carry to college and that would also hold her laptop...

I already had the pattern made for that...all I had to do was downsize the measurements a little to fit what she needed...

She picked the colors and I added some others that really brought out the lesser colors in the main fabric...


 I also added another pockets to this messenger bag...a zipper pocket in the back.


She loved it!!!

Another Happy Customer!!



"Blake" was the last Birthday bag to make...
Blake wanted a lunch bag...he told me Blues & Browns or Beige's... so I went shopping for fabric...
I purchased some Blue print and then some very small Blue pokadot...
Later I found some more that I liked better and decided to purchase more...LAUGHS..
Hey I can always use Blue in my fabric stash!!

The Blue print that I decided on was a darker Blue with small squares in lighter tones of Blue...
and then the contrasting fabric was a Blue and White art deco print...

I looked through many patterns and then got to designing...

He wanted it to be washable on the inside and not much larger than the one he already had...he was limited on spaced in the Frig at work...Wink...Wink..

I decided to add slip pockets on the inside that would hold smaller things he wanted to keep separate, or an ice pack to keep things cool...

I also added a zipper pocket in the back side as well...all pocket were vinyl lined and washable...

I used Pellon Iron on Vinyl to the fabric for the lining and pockets to make them washable...
It is very easy to apply and so much easier to work with than regular clear vinyl and you can sew it.

The inside turned out great!!!



I also made a placemat to match in interior with the vinyl cover as well....

I made the bag similar to a doctors bag with a large zipper. This style allows the whole bag to open for accessibility.  I used some Beige Cotton Duck fabric on the bottom to add support and also for the handles...

I add decorative stitching for my top stitching along the top of the duck fabric.  I tried to stick with something that would go with all the shapes going on in this bag...

I added my label to the back.. You can see how long the zipper is in this photo... and the handles..

And the finished bag final measurements were
6" x 8" x 10" just a tad bit larger than his old bag...and I added his monogram to the front of the bag...
The poka dots may give it a feminine flare...but, I like it and he said he did too...so that is all that matters...
I guess you could get technical and call it a Man Purse Lunch Bucket...

"FALL MUG RUG SWAP"
I participated in another mug rug swap, this time the theme was "Fall"... After talking with my partner, Sandy, she lives in Colorado, we decided we would surprise each other with our mug rugs..."Fall", "Christmas" "Everyday" 

I ended doing a couple "Fall", and a "Christmas" and a couple things that were just because...They were 2 pincushions, and a quilted glass / sun-glass case...

 The Owl is also a wall hanging as it is a bit larger than a regular Mug Rug...



Christmas Mug Bug Mug Rug...LAUGHS!!1


And the Final Grimm Ripper....

This can also be hung, as I attached wall hanging corners on the back of the mug rug...

I forgot to get pictures of the pincushions, but one is a Friendship Spool Pincushion, and the other was a Skinny Pincushion that goes great by your machine...I used bright fabrics for these...the skinny was some cute fabric I found the other day...

This is a picture with the fabric...but the small scrap bucket is for my sewing room...SMILES..

And now I am finally getting started on a Baby Quilt for a very good friend of mine, whom passed away, baby girl whom is having a Baby Boy...

This is the fabric I am using:


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