My week to sew

The tote bag pieces became this:


Back, both front and back pockets are divided into two.

Inside there are an additional 6 pockets. Two front & back with one on each side panel. There is also a key holder. All in all I think it turned out well. After finishings I discovered some of my interfacing was too weak & I’ll use stiffer stuff next time. My topstitching had improved by the end and the things that I’m not too happy with I feel fairly confident that I will improve upon next time I make this pattern.

Speaking of next time, I bought fabric to make another bag – while on a shopping trip with Kathy! Her sister lives not too far from me and when Kathy was here visiting we made time to get together. It was fabulous! πŸ˜€

Kathy is such a dear, she brought me gifts.

A huck weaving table runner which I had been rather shamelessly hinting I would love to have. (It’s going to live in my purple! master bedroom – don’t judge) and she also made me a beaded bookmark.

We went to two shops, Needlework Cottage & Quakertown Quilts. From Cottage I brought home St. Basil’s by Dimples Designs, two Halloween charts by The Primitive Needle & a skein of black Prensica floss to try out. At Quakertown I found the fabrics for my next tote bags & a fabric glue pen which came in very handy holding those last seams together on the tote bag while topstitching them. I of course found much more that this rather nice haul – but alas I had cash and was sticking to a budget. Β I will admit to feeling very proud of myself for enabling Kathy into buying a Permin chart, I already have it in my stash and one of these years who knows maybe we’ll have a stitch-along.

Today was my son’s 13th birthday, please no “teenager” comments. The hormones hit two years ago, I’ve been dealing with this for what seems more like two decades. If I didn’t love him, I’d kill him. Anyway… I baked a cake! Chocolate & chocolate by request.

It’s the love that makes it lop sided. πŸ˜‰

More evidence that I have been bitten by the sewing bug hard:

This is the first part of a 5 piece set designed by Bareroots. I cut all (I think) the pattern pieces for each part yesterday and did the assembly & embroidery of the first piece today.

The while felt circle is lightly stuffed with polyfil and makes a little mound to stick pins into. Β Isn’t the design darling? If I have time between loads of laundry and general housekeeping tomorrow I’m hoping to finish the needle pocket.

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7 Responses to My week to sew

  1. Christine S says:

    Everything looks great, especially that cake!! Just wanted to let you know that the Little Witch pattern will be making its way to you shortly!

  2. Kathy A says:

    Oh that darn question – it gets me every time!
    Your tote bag turned out beautifully – the colors are wonderful.
    I am glad that you like your table runner. It is nice to be able to make something for a friend knowing that is what they like.
    Your little needlebook is very pretty. Nicely done.
    Thanks again for a wonderful time.

  3. Valerie says:

    Mmmmmm…..cake!! Can I come get a piece?! lol

    Great back and little needlebook…looks like you’ve been very busy!

    Happy birthday to Win!

  4. Siobhan says:

    It looks like you guys had a great time! What a gorgeous gift, and wow!! I love love love that bag! Move over Vera Bradley. πŸ˜‰ Happy birthday to your son! My rugrats will be 16 this weekend. I am in shock. I totally understand the ‘if I didn’t love him, I’d kill him’ comment!

  5. JenJen says:

    It looks like the productivity will not quit. πŸ™‚ Love the bag and other projects – very nice.

    I also really like your frosting job on the cake – mine never look that good – lopsided or not. Happy Birthday to your DS!

  6. Michelle says:

    Love the little pincushion – so sweet – and it’s part of a set? Mmmm…chocolate cake. Happy birthday to your guy. And you have just been having a hey day with all the sewing – fantastic! I’m taking an applique class on Saturday – I can’t wait!! It won’t be as involved as yours I’m sure, but it’s a start!

  7. Cheryl says:

    I want the tote bag. It’s amazing. And, of course, I am lusting after the chocolate cake because I can’t have any. You are a sewing goddess!

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