Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Saddle Bag

Hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas yesterday. Mine was a most unusual one to say the least.
First of all I got it into my head on Christmas Eve to swap my sewing room upstairs with my bedroom downstairs. Yes I know I'm mad but that's me, once I decide on something it has to be done. So all my sewing stuff, fabric, computer, sewing machines you name it it all came downstairs. Dismantled the big double bed and took that upstairs. All in all I think it took about 9 hours to do the both. It was good exercise before Christmas Day. Hubby and son helped move some of the heavier objects. Christmas Day I felt like I'd been hit by a lorry so hubby made Christmas dinner, well sort of it was Kentucky chicken and fried potatoes. I made trifle for later. Both were delicious. So now in my new sewing room I can chat to hubby if I want to as the room is off the sitting room. I'm hoping the move will give me new inspiration for the New Year.

Ok now onto the Saddle Bag I completed before Christmas.


The design is by Gary Fletcher. Gary is a trained pattern maker, designer and graphic artist and is at present doing bag designs for his spring collection. Gary is also a member of one of the yahoo sewing groups that I'm on and this is where I got the pattern from. He very kindly gave us the pattern to do as a sew along.
Some have completed it and others will be starting in the New Year so I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's finished bag.
If you'd like to take a look at Gary's pattern you can go to Fashion Clique. In the bottom left hand corner under instructions you will see the 4 phases for making the bag. The pattern has loads of large clear photos and instructions and should you get stuck you can find Gary's email at the bottom of each phase. Best of all it's a FREEBIE.
The pattern doesn't call for batting or quilting as I did but I wanted to make sure it would be pretty stiff. I also used upholstery fabric and made a pleather strap.


It has two side pockets and a front pocket. I also added a strap attached to the lining so I can keep my keys where I can find them.





The inside has loads of pockets but I just made two. I've found just recently that the more pockets I have the longer it takes me to find what I'm looking for. Must be old age, I can't remember which pocket I've put things in.



I'm so looking forward to Gary's future designs. We should be in for a treat. I'll let you all know as soon as they're out.

~ Maria ~

21 comments:

  1. Really nice bag Maria. Maybe you could add a label to the outside of each interior pocket, labeling the contents, and another leash so you could attach a flashlight and maybe your reading glasses too, LOL!!!!! I understand about the pockets, because I'm the same, especially when I switch bags and then I get confused using a different bag as well, lol.

    Now let's hope you don't get lost in your house trying to find your new sewing room....or where you placed all your supplies! Oh maybe you should take some photos of your sewing to show us?

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  2. mIA YOU DID AN ABSOLUTE PERFECT JOB ON YOUR saddle bag.
    Your work is so great and I love the fabric you chose.
    love
    barbara

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  3. Mia--Gorgeous job on your saddle bag. Love the fabric, the quilting and the key strap. Time to begin cutting mine out. Think I may try a tapestry fabric.

    Love,

    Judith

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    1. Thanks Judith. For some reason comments aren't coming into my mailbox so if I miss anyone please forgive me.

      Maria

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  4. WOW that's a beautiful bag - I really like the shape - it's feminine without being fiddly and fussy. If I have too many pockets (or sections) I lose track of what I want to keep in each sectio, so everything gets really messed up, lol.

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  5. Maria, your Saddle Bag is gorgeous, I love it. Now I just want to start this project as soon as possible, I like the design of this bag and the color of the fabric. You did a beautiful job, thanks for sharing!
    Marisa.

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  6. Maria,
    Your saddle bag turned out great. I didn't get to start with everyone else, so I'm hoping to try it soon.

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  7. Your bag is very nice. Your quilting is getting better and better. Mine still looks like a beginner. I went to that site but didn't see any cutting instructions. I would like to try it sometime. I love looking at all the wonderful things you make.

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  8. Gosh... 9 hours? surely it was a tiring moment but happy by now ;)
    Maria..beautiful handbag.it looks neatly fabulous
    Have a nice days the end of the year
    hug

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  9. mARIA i TO AM ON BAGS TO BRQAG QABOUT BUT CAN NOT GET THE SADDLE BAG PATTERN YOURS TURNED OUT SO WELL COULD YOU PLEASE FORWARD IT TO ME LORI AT LCOKADA@ATT.NET

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  10. I'm with you on finding things in pockets, especially if I change bags too often. The bag looks great, Maria!!! You're lucky you had help to swap rooms.

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  11. Maria, glad to see you had such a fun time moving things around. It is fun doing this once in awhile. Your bag looks amazing, I will have to put this on the list to make this year.

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  12. Good work Maria! I love the pleat detail on the side pockets, I'm very into pleats (as we all know lol!)

    xx

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  13. I can't find the pattern and I'm not the only one.
    I did just what is said. I went to the left hand corner and when I clicked on the site I got.

    Information

    About Us
    Delivery Information
    Privacy Policy
    Terms & Conditions

    Their is no free Pattern.
    Maybe you could post the page by its self.
    Thank You Bev in Ohio

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  14. I love this bag. I'll try to make one next year.
    Happy new Year!

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  15. I've been looking for a purse with a flat front like this one for a project I have in mind. This one might just be the right one. I'll have to look into it closer. Thanks for posting this. You did a fab job!!! :)

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~Maria~