Pack your bag n.4 (April): Nylon bag

This month’s pattern for the Cotton and Color mystery Project of the Month program features a really quick project, with the novelty of using Nylon fabric for it. It was really fun trying to sew with a new material, that can’t be ironed and which I preferred not trying to pin. I used the marks on my sewing machine to fold the fabric as it was fed under the foot (fortunately, I could use the regular foot, being a Teflon foot not necessary), and clips to keep everything in place when needed.

This little bag couldn’t have come more handy, as it complements perfectly a birthday present I already have for a friend!

Exterior fabric: First of Infinity fabrics collection, Lecien

Pack your bag n. 3 (March): Luggage Label

These days there are lots of things going on behind the scenes (aka basting and quilting, which seem to take forever!), but I did manage to sew March’ pattern for Cotton and Color‘s Project of the Month. This is a fun and quick project to make, but a little tricky one due to the vinyl for the inside tag. I guess having a Teflon foot would have helped.

I think it can also be used as a tag for Christmas gifts, doesn’t it?

Exterior fabrics: Detour by BoBunny, Riley Blake Designs
Lining fabric: provided with the pattern
Batting: Thermolam TP971 (100% polyester), Legacy

Pack your bag n.1 (January)

This year Cotton and Color is running a mystery Project of the Month program, named “Pack your bag”. The first one was this small, cute bag. I decided to keep the exterior simple (I just love that fabric) and do some hand-quilting (it’s been long since I hand-quilted anything…), and just play with contrasting colours to give it some interest.

Exterior fabric: Close to Home, P.S. Elliot, P&B Textiles
Accent fabric: Painter’s Canvas (orange), Michael Miller Fabrics
Lining fabric:
provided with the pattern
Batting: Cotton, unknown producer (scrap)
Quilting: hand-quilted, Anchor Perlé Cotton n.12 colour 316.

Christmas gifts for a knitter

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This past Christmas’ sewing involved a special gift for a friend who, among other crafty things, is a passionate knitter. And when this sheep fabric appeared on the quilt-shop, I knew I had to do something with it.

So, I planed to sew something useful! The “2 Fat Quarter Bucket!”, by Me and My Sister Designs, has become a favorite when it comes to sewing useful things. Fast, easy and versatile. And it showcases the fabric, which is also important! (other buckets are here and here).

And to pair it with something else, I had had my focus on this open-wide pouch by Anna Graham (Noodlehead) for a long time, and I thought it could be of use for a knitter. The yarn-balls fabric from Cotton+Steel is just the perfect lining, isn’t it?

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This one took some thought, however. Zippers and I aren’t good friends, and my first interfacing choice didn’t work quite well.

Now they have been delivered and I hope being enjoyed by their new owner!

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Project: Bucket
Size: 6″W x 4 1/2″L x 7″H / 15 x 11.5 x 18 cm
Date: December 2016
Pattern: 2 Fat Quarter Bucket!, Me and My Sister Designs
Exterior fabric: Wool Ewe Be Mine, Maria Kalinowsky for Kanvas Studio, Bernatex
Lining fabric: Reel Time, Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
Batting: Thermolam TP971 (100% polyester), Legacy

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Project: Open-wide zippered pouch
Size: Medium (9″ tall x 12″ wide)
Date: December 2016
Pattern: Open-wide zippered pouch, Anna Graham (Noodlehead)
Exterior fabric: Wool Ewe Be Mine, Maria Kalinowsky for Kanvas Studio, Bernatex
Denim fabric, unknown manufacturer
Lining fabric: Cat Lady, Sarah Watts, Cotton+Steel
Batting: Heavy interfacing, unknown manufacturer

Another bucket

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I already told I was planning a second bucket from the pattern “2 Fat Quarter Bucket!”, by Me and My Sister Designs, and here it is. This one was for a friend who recently had a baby… I just love those turtles!

This pattern makes for terrific gifts… surely this won’t be the last one!

Project: Bucket
Size: 5 1/2″W x 4″L x 7″H / 14 x 10 x 18 cm
Date: July 2016
Pattern: 2 Fat Quarter Bucket!, Me and My Sister Designs
Exterior fabric: Les Amis (Turtle Parade), Patty Sloniger, Michael Miller Fabrics
Lining fabric: Comma (chalk on mustard), Zen Chic, Moda Fabrics
Batting: Thermolam TP971 (100% polyester), Legacy

A bucket

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This little bucket had been on my to-do list since I got the pattern, “2 Fat Quarter Bucket!”, by Me and My Sister Designs. It looks easy, and it really is! I think I spent like an hour to put it all together, and the results are fantastic. This one comes pretty handy to store my first attempt at knitting (the top of the yarn skein is barely visible), so, what is more appropriate, than a fabric with little, cute sheep?

This fabric is a Japanese print, and the lining is from a fat quarter gifted by the friend who taught me the basics of knitting.

The pattern calls for Décor-Bond 809, but I didn’t have and couldn’t find any, so I used the interfacing I already had at hand. Turned out it was not fusible, but nothing that a double-fusible strip from Ikea could not do (I laid several strips to secure the batting to the fabric). I think this interfacing worked really well, as the bucket stays almost perfectly straight.

I’m already planning making another one, this one to be given… and with a more appropriate interfacing!

Project: Bucket
Size: 6″W x 4 1/2″L x 7H / 15 x 11.5 x 18 cm
Date: June 2016
Pattern: 2 Fat Quarter Bucket!, Me and My Sister Designs
Exterior fabric: Japanese print, Kokka (?)
Lining fabric: Pascal et Beatrix Tissus
Batting: Thermolam TP970 (100% polyester), Legacy ; Bounding fusible strip, Ikea

A bag for a weekend out

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As it says the name of this blog, it’s about patchwork, and more. Well, the “more” refers to the other sewing-related projects I like to make from time to time, with more or less luck in the final result. Working with (thick) interfacing and / or zippers makes me not comfortable at all. So this project was a bit of challenge, as it involved both.

It came as a kit, which included instructions, exterior fabrics and needed zipper and straps. I think this kind of “all-included” package is perfect for beginners. I was able to put the bag together -and correctly- really quickly; I must admit that what took me the most time was finishing the seams with bias-tape. But having a nice finished seams it’s surely worth the time!

Project: Luggage bag
Size: 14 1/2″ x 58 1/4″ / 37 x 148 cm
Date: December, 2015 – January, 2016
Kit: Weekend bag, Tela Marinera
Exterior fabric: Detour by BoBunny, Riley Blake Designs
Lining fabric: Bomull, Ikea
Batting: Polyester foam interfacing, unknown producer