Velocity Girl Bag from Sew Sweetness

Recently, Sara of Sew Sweetness sent out a call for pattern testers for her Velocity Girl Bag.  I really enjoyed the process of working through a pattern and taking notes on where things could be improved or spots where the instructions became confusing.

Velocity Girl bag from Sew Sweetness

What a lovely bag this is, though!  I made mine from an upholstery remnant and a coordinating solid (for the lining).  There’s a small touch of coordinating fabric across the front too, in the form of faux piping.  I used Pellon Thermolam, a fusible batting, to give the bag the body it needed.  I also quilted the main body pieces to help with stability (according to Sara, Thermolam gives a slouchy result).

There are a total of 9 (yes really, NINE!) pockets in this bag!  Three across the front, one in each side placket, another 3 open pockets on the inside and a large zippered pocket, also on the inside. The purse closes with a magnetic snap and has an adjustable strap.

Velocity Girl pattern

You can see more examples of this an other purses on the Sew Sweetness flickr group or you can buy the newly released pattern from Sara here – it’s just $8!

Birthday Bag & Matching iPad Cover

birthday bag & matching ipad cover

A few weeks ago I attended a special birthday party for a friend of mine.  As adults, we don’t get parties and special gifts as much as we did when we were kids, and I always think that’s sad.  Enter: The Birthday Bag.

I bought this pattern several years ago in A.C.Moore – it is actually called the Serendipity Bag.  It’s meant to be used with a jelly roll and at the time, I had a jelly roll that I wasn’t sure what to do with.  Needless to say, I have made quite a few of these bags and I still have that jelly roll…

birthday bag

The pattern is simple to translate to a solid piece of fabric and makes such a great impact!  Plus it only takes a couple of hours to complete, if that.  You need just over a half yard of the outer fabric and just a half yard for the lining.  You could use a bit more and add a pocket to the inside if you like.  It’s large and deep, so if you wanted it as a purse, it would probably be a good idea to add a couple of pockets.  I like to use an upholstery/canvas remnant for the outer fabric so that it’s nice and strong and has a little body, and a coordinating cotton for the lining. I always fancied it as a shopping tote – but not for stinky, leaky groceries…the kind of shopping that you want to show off.  ;-)

At the last minute, I remembered that this friend was set to receive an iPad from as her ‘big’ gift this year and I thought, wouldn’t it be nifty to make her a matching iPad cover as well? After a quick search for a pattern, but found just the right one:

ipad cover

Even with the quilting, this took me just an hour to whip up.  I can’t remember the name of the blog where I found the pattern right now, but I will remember and I will post it!  It has double thickness batting for extra padding and extra room in case the iPad in question has a hard cover.  The flap secures with  hook & loop. Perfect!

Edit: I found it!  The awesome tutorial can be found at one shabby chick.

ipad cover

Resolution Review: January

Since we’ve reached the end of January (ALREADY!) I thought it would be a good time to check in and take stock of what I’ve accomplished this month.  I think the resolution to blog more and sew more is going rather well…don’t you?

12 blog posts:

  1. Whew! Well, that happened…
  2. So many palettes, so little time
  3. And the winner is…!
  4. Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey…Stuff
  5. Timey Wimey Shark Block of the Month? No, that’s not right.
  6. Nintendo DS Carry Case (a project from the summer)
  7. Warning: House Under Quarantine
  8. A passion for (1920s) fashion
  9. Work in Progress: Zakka Style Baby Quilt
  10. Skill builder BOM update
  11. Fabric Delivery!
  12. Work In Progress Wednesday

11 Projects started:

  1. Zakka Style baby quilt
  2. Zakka style black/floral quilt
  3. black/floral wallhanging
  4. Soundwave block for BOM
  5. Magnum block for BOM
  6. Doll Quilt Swap mini quilt
  7. Poo-Bah costume for Caleb
  8. Carpet bag birthday gift
  9. Ipad cover birthday gift
  10. crown for Caleb
  11. Dr. Who quilt series

6 Projects completed:

  1. Poo-Bah costume for Caleb
  2. Carpet bag birthday gift
  3. Ipad cover birthday gift
  4. crown for Caleb
  5. Soundwave block for BOM (I am counting this as a ‘completed’ because I finished the step)
  6. Magnum block for BOM (Ditto for the Soundwave block)

Work In Progress Wednesday

Working on my mini quilt for the Doll Quilt Swap over on flickr today.

Work in progress Wednesday #wipwednesday

I used emedoodle’s 3 Layered Star paper piecing pattern.

It's still work in progress Wednesday for 26 more minutes... #wipwednesday

What do you think, partner?

Fabric Delivery!

I got home today and found a large box waiting for me. Yes, my fabric order from the weekend had arrived!  I needed some batting & backing pieces for all the quilts that I put together recently.  I also needed some neutral cotton solids to replace the ones that I used up!

But…nestled in between the necessary, albeit awesome, yardage was a perfect little pile of FQs called Mod by Annette Tatum.

Mod by Annette Tatum

I know, I know, I know, I shouldn’t be buying any unnecessary fabric, but I just couldn’t resist!  Could you?  I love the crazy Mod throwback prints and the colors are just so cool. Now I just need to figure out what to make with them…

By the way, Fabric.com has got to be one of THE BEST places to order fabric in quantity.  I’ve been ordering from them for a long time and their selection has only gotten better and their prices have always been great.  With free shipping on orders over $35, and Kona solids for under $6/yard, well, it’s way more economical than a trip to the fabric store.  Yay!