Sunday, November 29, 2015

Super Drawstring Pouch Pattern Free Until Dec 1st

Here is a cute little pouch I tested for Lisa Ratford from two pretty poppets.

This has got to be one of the quickest sews I've ever made and super cute too. The pattern comes in three sizes. I tested the smallest one. As always Lisa's patterns are excellent. Very easy to follow with clear photos and instructions.
  •  ROBIN SIZE (small)
  •  SUPERMAN SIZE (medium)
  •  HULK SIZE (large)
I'm not going to make you read to the end of my post as this pattern is only free until 1st Dec to Mrs H blog readers so go over quickly to get your free download. After that date you'll have to pay for the pattern.

Just look at that cute little cape.

These would look great in super hero fabrics with capes to give as gifts.
They can be used for so many things and kids will love them.

I'm using mine to keep my clips. 

Just perfect. 

Then I went on to make another without the cape.

My daughter makes jewelry. This set was for a customer so I quickly made the pouch to give her.

If you've come this far then quickly go click on the link above for Mrs H blog to get your free copy of the pattern

Thanks for stopping by

~ Maria ~

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Mini Carryall

A few days ago I tested this bag for Jane Poh of Projects by Jane.
It's always such a pleasure testing for Jane. Never a mistake to be found or any corrections to be made. Perfection!!!

Jane's patterns are excellent quality. Good photos and explanations from the smallest detail to the most difficult part.

This is my test carryall. These are excellent for craft fairs. I sold this one a couple of hours after finishing it and got orders for two more just like it which you can see in the last two photos.

I followed the pattern except for one thing. You've probably heard me say it before but I don't like floppy bags they have to be firm and stand to attention.
Gives you an idea of what a slave driver I can be LOLLL

Jane on the other hand likes 'fabric to feel like fabric'. I suspect she's more of a romantic LOLLL

 You cant see very well but all seams are hidden away as you would expect with Jane's patterns.

 I've put some make up here to give you an idea of the size but you could use this carryall for so many things. It would be perfect for sewing stuff especially if you do hand sewing like hexies, get the idea.

These are the other two that were custom orders.
I'm having to sew up bags for the shop this week and next week too, we're going back in time to the 1940's - 50's. After that I really want to make some time for more of these carryalls.

If you'd like the pattern for the Mini Carryall you can go HERE to Jane's Etsy or HERE from Jane's blog and do hurry becasue the pattern is being sold at a DISCOUNT PRICE until Nov 23rd.

Thanks for staying with me. I'm not her very often but I am sewing everyday and keeping a record of my bags so one of these days I'm going to bombard you with loads of photos.

Take care and Happy Sewing

~ Maria ~

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Hang About Toiletry Bag

Finally I can show you my Hang About Toiletry Bag and give you details of a great offer.

The Hang About Toiletry Bag is part of a trio designed by three designers two of whom I test for so know they are brilliant and the other I haven't had the pleasure of testing for but her bag looks fabulous so I'm pretty sure her pattern is just as good as the other two. The designers are Lisa of Two Pretty Poppets who is the designer of this one I tested, Kylie of Little Moo Designs who designed The Tiny Essentials Tote Bag and Rachel of RLR Creations.

This is the mens version, and a ladies version will be released soon after this offer has ended.
The hardest part was trying to choose manly fabrics as most of mine are florals but I thought this one would work.

Lisa's pattern was brilliant as usual. Easy to follow instructions with photos for the visual sewer like me. I kind of panicked when I saw all that piping and although it's not perfect I'm happy with the result.

My favourite feature of this toiletry bag is that you can hang it up. Check the photos further down and you will see there are three options for how you can hang your bag.
The pattern uses a mesh for under the flap but you can also use clear plastic or fabric like I did.

Another zipper pocket on the outside of the bag leaving the main compartment free to fit in loads of stuff.

I did make a slight mistake here can you see what it is?
Yes I put my zipper in the wrong way. Although it's fine if your left handed LOL

A nice large main compartment for you guys to add things guys add to their toiletry bags LOLL

You can hang it this way on a towel rail.

Or this way on a door knob. 

Or this way on a hook. Love it. There's one thing that really bothers me when I go somewhere and I have to take a toiletry bag, no matter how clean the bathroom is I really don't like having to place my bag on the counter so this is perfect.

I know you'll want to buy this and the other two in the set of the Total Toiletry Trio Pattern and you can find it HERE on Craftsy but hurry becasue for a limited time the pattern is on SALE.

Have fun sewing your trio set. I for one want to make this one again but this time in girly fabric.

~ Maria ~

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Simona Bow Clutch

This has got to be one of the prettiest clutches I've made yet. This beautiful design is by Maria at DelindaBoutique. Maria's patterns are excellent with loads of photos and good clear instructions making it very easy to make any of her lovely desings.

This clutch can look good for an evening out, to a wedding and with casual fabrics is a fun clutch to take out during the day as you will see in the photo below of the clutches made by the other testers. I was short on time so I pinched borrowed that photo from Liz's blog Moments who was also a tester for Simona and made a lovely denim clutch.

I used a black satin for the body of the bag and the bow I used curtain fabric becasue it was nice and stiff and and held the shape of the bow well. I've been using alot of burgundy in my bag making lately as that's the in colour this year here.

Simona is perfect if you don't want to carry the kitchen sink with you. Big enough for a few essentials, measures approx  11" (28 cm) wide 5 1/2" (14 cm) high.

 Looking at it you may think its complicated to sew but it is really easy and very quick to put together.

 I added a little zipper pull to make it easier to to open the zip.

And here are the other testers clutches. Aren't they all just fabulous.

To buy the Simona Bow Clutch pattern you can go to Craftsy HERE, Etsy HERE or from DelindaBoutique HERE.

Happy Sewing

~ Maria ~

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Bay Boho Bag

Before I tell you about the Bay Boho Bag I need to apologize to Kylie for doing this blog post so late after the release of the pattern. I thought I had posted it already, these days I don't know if I'm coming or going.

So here we have it, the wonderful Bay Boho Bag by Kylie of Little Moo Designs.

This pattern is perfect for a beginner, there's only one outer zipper and if you aren't too great at doing zippers then just leave it out.

The main closure on this bag in the pattern was a magnetic button but I got Kylie's approval to add a zipper to my main closure. I was happy with it at the time but looking at it now I should have made it longer.

Something else I did that wasn't in the pattern and can't really be seen in these photos is an adjustable cross body strap. That's whats so nice about this pattern, you can just make it as is in the pattern or you can personalize it by adding more pockets to suit your needs.

Inside the pattern has two slip pockets which are always good for cell phones. Again if you are confident enough you can add a zippered pocket to the inside of the bag.

I used upholstery fabric but you can choose any kind of fabric you like. Its a perfect size measuring

Finished Size: 18" W x 10" H (Base to top seam)/45 cms x 26 cms.

You can buy the pattern HERE and also check out the other testers bags. They look great.

Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing to you.

~ Maria ~


Sunday, September 20, 2015

And The Winner Is!!!!!!!!!!!

Today is the day I announce the winner of the Stand Up & Tote Notice Bag designed by Lisa of two pretty poppets but first I want to say a big thank you to each and every one of you for stopping by and taking part. Out of all the giveaways I've done this has been the most commented on which goes to show what a popular bag this is. Its a shame everyone can't be a winner but the pattern isn't expensive and you are getting three sizes in one pattern so excellent value. You can find the pattern HERE on Craftsy, HERE on Etsy or HERE on two pretty poppets site.

A big thank you to Lisa for letting me do this giveaway and for letting me test her gorgeous bag.

Ok if you haven't already looked down at the winning number the winner is comment #62

Hmmmm...try this again (first post didn't take?).....I LOVE the Stand Up & Tote Notice bag!! Large size for me....I carry way too much junk! LOL!!! I love your quilting! Even if I don't win, I will have to buy it. :)

CONTRATULATIONS Selene looks like you won't have to buy it now. 

Thanks again to all of you and happy sewing

~ Maria ~

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Layla Bag

What a wonderful bag designed by Sarah Gido of Cosy Nest Designs, the Layla Bag is just gorgeous with those lovely shiny handles.

Every time I test a bag for Sarah I am amazed at how her mind works. Not only are her designs beautiful and unique but the way she puts them together I just can't put into words, she's amazing.

Here's mine.
Sarah sent her testers these lovely metal handles, just waiting for them to arrive was so exciting.
This wasn't a difficult bag to make it's just that it involved some new techniques I hadn't done before. Once you've made one the rest will be much easier.
The places I did get stuck Sarah was wonderful at helping me out.

 Aren't these handles just gorgeous and if you want free hands then Layla has a removable shoulder strap.

This is one of my mistakes and a silly one too. For some reason I cut my gusset too short so instead of cutting out another one I decided to add a piece of red like the lining to the bottom and turned it into a feature.

This is the inside of the bag. Terrible photo I know. It's surprisingly roomy, perfect for the essentials you need for a shopping trip.

Layla measures approx  14 1/2 W x 6 3/4 H (not incl. handles) x 3 1/2"D. Inside is a zipper pocket and the main closure has a zipper too so everything is nice and secure.

All the testers did an amazing job and the results were just gorgeous. You can see their bags HERE I have to say though that out of all the bags everyone made Sarah's were the nicest.

Even if you only ever make this bag once you have to try it but I'm sure you'll want to make more after the first. You can find the pattern HERE on Craftsy and Janelle from Emmaline Bags is supplying the handles which you can find HERE.

It was a pleasure to test this bag and I look forward to finding some time to make another. I guess in the end the most difficult part is deciding which fabrics to use.

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Sewing.

~ Maria ~

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Stand Up & Tote Notice Bag Pattern Giveaway.

It's been ages since I had a giveaway on my blog so here is a chance to win a copy of this wonderful pattern by Lisa from two pretty poppets but before I tell you about the giveaway let me show you the bag.

When I offered to test this one I thought it would just be an ordinary tote made up in patchwork which really appealed to me but was I wrong. This is no ordinary tote. The pattern has three sizes to choose from and I chose the largest one, what I didn't realize is just how LARGE it really is. Now you all know they say size isn't important but they're lying size is important LOLLLLL well at least in a bag.

Here's my Stand Up & Tote Notice Bag.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • SMALL: Width at base - 8" (20cm), Depth - 5" (13cm), Height to handles - 12" (30cm), Strap drop - 11" (28cm)
  • MEDIUM: Width at base - 10"(25cm), Depth - 6"(15cm), Height to handles - 15" (38cm), Strap drop - 111/2" (29cm)
  • LARGE: Width at base - 12" (30cm), Depth - 7" (18cm), Height to handles - 18"(46cm), Strap drop - 12" (30cm)
Mine is the largest one and no kidding it's enormous. This pattern is suitable for an advanced beginner. No hardware to fiddle with or zippers to add if you're not too experienced on adding zippers just a magnetic button as the main closure. After making it I did find that this size is perfect as an overnight bag so I will be making more and possibly insert a zipper to use it as an overnight bag but I really do love the simplicity of this tote.

When I first saw a photo of it for testing I thought it was a plain patchwork tote but it isn't. The front and back has two large slip pockets perfect for keeping keys and cell phone handy without having to search through your bag for them. 

 From this view you can see the two outer pockets better and the main magnetic closure.

See how much room there is in side and also four slip pockets to help keep your contents organized. There is so much room this bag will cope with all your needs whatever you need it for.
The pattern contains over 70 full colour photographs and 11 pages of clear, detailed instructions which flow really nicely and is very easy to follow.

The pattern requires you to use Soft & Stable but I can't get it where I am so chose to use fleece. Remember this bag needs to stand up so I fused a medium interfacing to my fabric then fused a fairly firm fleece, I didn't have fusible fleece so fused it on with wonder under then I fused yet another piece of interfacing but this time a light one. The result was perfect but as there were so many layers I was worried about them coming apart with time so solved that problem by quilting all the pieces in a kind of QAYG method.

The only pieces I didn't quilt were the outer pockets.

To give you an idea of the size her it is next to my heavy duty industrial sewing machine.

And there she is. I know you want one too so before you go running off to buy the pattern lets have a giveaway.

All you have to do is leave me a comment here on this post. Tell me anything you like but I'd love to hear which size you'd make. That's it. The giveaway will run until Sunday 20th September 2015.
Please Please Please leave your email with your comment so I can bet back to you if you win. A lot of people are on 'no reply' and aren't aware of it so if you don't leave your email and you are picked I may not be able to get in touch with you and will have to choose someone else. 
I reply to all comments left via email so if you don't get a reply from me then you know I can't get in touch with you.

If you can't wait a week to see if you are the lucky winner then go over to Craftsy or Etsy or Lisa's site two pretty poppets where you can buy a copy of the pattern. 

Thanks for stopping by and best of luck to you all.

~ Maria ~