Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Greatest Adventure Summer sling bag

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The first time I saw this line of fabric, I knew just what I wanted to make with it.  A fun, simple, portable bag that would be loved and used often, but so easy to make I wouldn't feel bad when it got dirty, worn and loved.
This Greatest Adventure fabric just screams summer adventures to me and is available now in retail stores.  And if you want to make a Summer Sling Bag of your own, read on.  This would make a great project for a summer sewing camp or just a fun quick project to whip up.
I'm posting this tutorial as part of The Summer Sewing Series at The Polkadot Chair, you can find all the different projects in the series here.

  • 1/4 yard accent fabric
  • 2 fat quarters, 1 for exterior, 1 for lining
  • Large button (optional)
  • Sewing supplies
Cutting Instructions:

  • from the 1/4 yard cut:
    • 1- 3" strip by Width of Fabric, trim down to 36" long
    • 2- 3 1/2" X 8" pieces 
  • from each fat quarter cut:
    • 2- 8" X 13"

Strap preparation:
 Take the strip of fabric, press in half along the length.  Open up the halves and fold the long edges into the crease.  Fold along the crease again to enclose the raw edges.  Edge stitch along both sides of the strap.

 Sewing Instructions:
*use 1/2" seam allowance unless noted otherwise
  •  Take the first exterior piece, place right side up.
  •  Place one accent piece 3" from the bottom of the exterior piece, right side down.  Make sure the accent piece is upside down (if prints are directional) 
  • Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the accent piece to the exterior piece

  • Fold down the accent piece and press.
  • Top stitch along the top edge of the accent piece.
  • Repeat for the second exterior piece.
  •  On one exterior piece, line up the two raw edges of the strap 4" down from top.  Baste or pin into place.
  • Place the two exterior pieces right sides together.  Sew around the two sides and bottom. 
  • Place the two lining pieces right sides together.  Sew around the two sides and bottom, leaving an opening in the bottom 3"- 4" wide.
  • Clip the bottom corners of both the exterior and the lining.
  • Turn the exterior of the bag right side out.
  • Slide the exterior of the bag into the lining of the bag.  Line up the side seams and the top edge, make sure the strap is out of the way.
  • Sew around the top of the bag.
  • Turn the bag right side out through the opening in the bottom of the lining.
  • Sew the opening in the bottom of the lining closed.
  • Push the lining into the exterior of the bag.  Fold along the sewn line and press.  Top stitch the bag opening.
  • If you want to, sew a large button onto one side of the opening, this will help it to stay closed a bit better, but isn't really necessary if you prefer to leave it off.

I couldn't resist making a little change pouch to match and a notebook cover as well.  I'm hoping my daughter will use the notebook to record all our adventures we are trying to do this summer.  So far she's loving taking the bag with us on hikes to hold her water and snacks, and the change pouch in the bag as she walks to the neighborhood convenience store to get a treat with her brother and friends.
If you make one, I'd love to see!  What are you sewing this summer?


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Desert Bloom Blog Tour

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
I have always loved Amanda Herring's fabric.  She always seems to choose bright happy colors and such fun delightful prints- it would be hard not to.  But I am lucky to say that she is also a dear friend and she is just as bright, happy and delightful as her fabrics.  When she asked me to participate in her blog tour for Desert Bloom, I was thrilled and of course said YES immediately!
With colors and prints like these, how could you not be thrilled?

I have been working on some new bag patterns and decided to make one up in these gorgeous fabrics.  This bag features Pellon's new (at least to me) fusible foam interfacing which I loved.  I also decided to overcome my unreasonable fear of installing snaps and use them to add some details and function to this bag. 
There are definitely some things to work out with this bag, but overall I am really happy with the shape, size and especially the overall body the interfacing gives this over-the shoulder tote.  I just have one question (well actually, two) How many pockets do you like in your bags?  I tend to add tons of pockets, but this one only has four and I kind of like the simplicity of it.
My last question is, do you already have some Desert Bloom in your stash?  If not, what are you waiting for? ;)

If you want to see more gorgeous projects using this beautiful line, check out the other blogs on the tour through Amanda's blog post.

Thanks for having me Amanda!
Hope you all have a great day!
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