Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Across The Pond Project

November's Across The Pond Sew Along Project

Make fun things... sewing along with us!
You can join anytime!  Here are our projects

The season is changing, and the weather is getting colder.  Time to snuggle up with a quilt and a good book!!

And that brings me to the theme of this month's Across The Pond Sew Along project:

The internet is full of lots of fun ideas for all kinds of bookmarks!   Here are just a few tutorials  to get you started making one of your own!

From The Sewing Loft Blog-       Be Mine Bookmark
Be Mine Bookmark  by Heather at The Sewing Loft Blog
I love the little patches that she made.  These don't have to be just for  Valentine's Day...

I am really excited to share this next pattern with you! 

From The Patchsmith-     Country Heart Bookmark     ... a brand new free pattern!!

Country Heart Bookmark
A free pattern, created for the Across The Pond Sew Along
  by Amanda, The Patchsmith

This book mark is just adorable!!  I love that you can use felt and fabric and ribbon... or all fabric!  And the pattern and directions are impeccably  written, in Amanda's Patchsmith style!    {click here for your free pattern}

And lastly, I 'll share my idea for a fun little bookmark, using scraps and selvedges:

Easy Print pdf file : click PDF

                                  Selvedge and Zipper Bookmark
                                                   by Susie's Sunroom

The Selvedge and Zipper Bookmark      by Susie's Sunroom

Click here to print a pdf file or save easily:    HERE

Materials:  felt 
                 Zipper parts (  these were cut off from other projects)
My bag of selvedges

Felt-   cut   2 pieces-   3 inches x 7 inches high

Zipper scrap -   pick a piece at least 4 inches long  

Selvedges-    pick out some  favorites from your bag of selvedges.  Look for pieces at least 7 inches long, to cover most of the felt
       * My bookmark used about 5 long selvedges per side.  I had to add some short pieces to cover the felt on selvedges that were too short.

1. Lay out your selvedges on top of one piece of felt.
 2.  Pin them in place, so the edges touch-to cover all felt.
3. Sew-  quilt as you go... I used a feather stitch on my machine.

 Now, lay out your selvedges on top of one piece of felt.  Arrange them so they make you smile when you look at them!

Pin them in place, so the edges touch and all felt is covered.

Now you are ready to sew them onto the felt.  You " quilt as you go" ... I used a feather stitch on my machine.  
I call the #27 stitch, in the second row, my "Feather Stitch"
- on my Viking Topaz 30

Lay the two felt/fabric pieces, with wrong sides together.

Trim around the edges, making sure that no felt shows.  Trim any stray threads.

Close up of the feather stitching.  You could use a zig zag stitch, as well

Insert the zipper scrap about 1/2 inch, in the bottom of the bookmark.  (Place between the front and back pieces of the felt.)  Check so that the top of the zipper shows on the side you are calling "front."  Pin the zipper piece in place.

Sew around all four sides of the bookmark.  I used my machine blanket stitch.  Reinforce the side with the zipper piece. ( I simply used reverse, and then forward again, when stitching on the zipper area.  Sew slowly over the zipper.)

The back side- the zipper sewed in between the layers;
the blanket stitch on all four sides

Trim away any stray threads and little sections of felt that may show.

Lastly, curl up under your quilt with a favorite book, using your new bookmark!

For easy printing or saving:  click HERE  for the  complete tutorial in a pdf file !

We'd love to see the bookmarks that you make!  Share them with us at our Flickr Group-
Across The Pond Sew Along Flickr Group

And you won't want to miss seeing the bookmarks at Amanda's  The Patchsmith blog   AND
Amy's   Amy Made That! blog!  They are sew creative and I love all of their work!!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Bon Voyage Bag

Bon Voyage Bag

Are you looking for a  stylish and functional bag for traveling?   Need an overnight bag during the holidays?  Or  are you looking for a modern bag to make as a gift for somebody special, like your mother , sister or best friend?
Then, I have discovered the perfect  bag for you!

"The" bag-                      Bon Voyage bag   by  Geta's Quilting Studio

The Bon Voyage bag    by Geta's Quilting Studio

The bag dimensions:       18 wide at top; 21 wide at bottom; 15'' tall (without straps);
                                     5'' deep; two interior pockets; one exterior zippered pocket

My Bon Voyage Bag-
The Bon Voyage Bag        by Susie's Sunroom
The outer fabrics are a "quilt sandwich", made with main  outer fabrics,  batting in the middle,  and a home decorator weight fabric  for the bottom layer.  ( The home dec fabric is not seen.   The quilt sandwich  provides sturdiness in the bag.  ) Then , I did some VERY basic free motion quilting...  around the design 'ferns' on the main fabric and rambling on the  dark, small flower fabric.  (I need to practice FMQ a lot more!)
I made the straps two-toned.  So fun!  (They are 28" long.)

My random free motion quilting

Bonus: Geta's pattern is so unique... This bag can have many "looks!"   Geta provides superb instructions, diagrams and photos  that  also show how to create a Bon Voyage bag with a hexagon front!  These bags were made for Geta's sisters, who all traveled to Paris together .  Aren't they gorgeous with  hexagons and the exquisite quilting?!!

Geta's Quilting Studio    Bon Voyage bags made by Geta
photo courtesy of Geta's Quilting Studio

So, how  much can a Bon Voyage bag hold?

This is a big bag!   Along side a 24 inch ruler

There's an exterior zippered pocket on the back side!

There are four big slip pockets inside

I began by placing a curling iron in the bottom...

On top of the curling iron,  I put a large beach towel...

How will the Bon Voyage Bag handle-  4 pairs of gym socks, 4 polo shirts, a button down shirt, and a pair of shorts?

No sweat?  It's all in there!!

There's still space in  the exterior zipper pocket yet!

My mother would've stuffed  A LOT more in this still!

There's  time for you  to make The Bon Voyage bag,  and have a totally stylish and practical gift for  holiday giving.  
Stop by soon to see another  pattern that Geta designed for her sisters and their trip!  You will love it!

I'm off to my sewing room!
I am linked up at:  Can I Get A Whoop! Whoop! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
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