Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Dayna Pack at 110%

Two years ago I made a Dayna Pack for myself, which you can see here. It's the first Linds Handmade Designs pattern I ever made, and I'd purchased the pattern. I liked it so much - the easy but unique way she put things together - and I guess that's what got me to volunteer to test her patterns.

I decided last year that that Dayna just wasn't quite big enough for my needs. I often carry eye meds, treats, flashlight, etc., with me when I go out to feed cats and tend to kittens in the summertime, so I wanted something slightly bigger. I looked around at different fanny pack patterns but just kept coming back to the Dayna as still my favorite. So I simply enlarged the pattern to 110%, added some pockets, and here it is!

My old Dayna was made from dry oilskin and quilting cotton. It got pretty dirty, and despite washing it, it just didn't look that great afterwards. So this time I made the whole thing from waterproof canvas, which I love! This way it can easily be wiped clean.

On the back, I made a zipper pocket. Or, at least, I added a zipper. Since the WPC is coated on the back and doesn't fray, I didn't bother to add a lining for the pocket. It's just the area between the outer fabric and the main lining. Yes, you can see raw seam edges and the stitching for one of the slip pockets, but I don't care. I'm just glad for the extra room to stash my cell phone and/or whatever.

Below you can see the pockets I added...

... and this is how they look occupied.

Just what I wanted! And here I am modeling my new Dayna Pack:

 I'm now all set for kitten season. And it's well under way! Want to see a couple? Of course you do!

They're a little shy yet, but we're making progress! 💕

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Monroe Handbag

Have you ever heard me mention testing patterns for Linds Handmade Designs before? Ha! Yes, I've tested many of her patterns already, and now she has another one out. I'm a little late posting this, so it's beyond time to catch the sale price, but I think all of her patterns are well worth the regular price. (Also, it's a pretty well-known fact that every time she releases a new pattern, her entire shop goes on sale at 20% off, so if you still want to catch the sale price, just wait. I happen to know she's already working on a new design!)

Without further ado, let me introduce you to the Monroe Handbag. Isn't it cute?! That shape! Those handles! This is the front:

Here's the back:

(Side note - Linds also has a Marilyn Wallet pattern. The two make a perfect pair!)

I took a few process photos along the way this time. I forgot to take a pic of the bottom after completion, so here you can see the purse feet right after I installed them. The rest of the collage pics are of the handle-making process. It was kind of involved, although I didn't find it that difficult. (If rolled handles intimidate you, the pattern also includes instructions for flat handles.)

Since the faux leather I used had a white backing, I colored the edges with markers and then sealed them with edge coating.

The purse closes with a recessed zipper, shown here:

The pattern calls for a metal zipper end, but since I didn't have any on hand, I just made my own out of the fabric.

The snap set you can see in the photo above is used to close the end of the bag (and there's one on the other end, of course) to give it its cute shape. 

Below is the view with it snapped...

... and next is how it looks unsnapped. That will give you a little extra room in your bag.

Here's a look inside at the waterproof canvas lining - one side has two slip pockets, while the other side is plain (or you could add more pockets if desired).

The outer pocket on the back (or you could call it the front if you like) is the perfect size for your cell phone to keep it handy.

It's a small handbag, measuring about 10½" across by 7¼" tall by 4" deep. Here's how it looks on my arm.

The outer fabric is some of Jess's now-out-of-print barkcloth. I do love that texture!

So that's it for the Monroe Handbag! I already have another project completed, so if I get in gear, I'll have that posted soon, too. I hope.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Slim Sling for me

Believe it or not, I just got my first-ever cell phone this past December. (I know, I’m way behind the times, right?) To top it off, I was coerced. I was perfectly content with my iPad and could do everything on it as long as I had wifi. I really didn't want a cell phone... one more device to maintain and deal with... but Grandpa (who’s had one for years) wanted to ditch the landline, so I’m now the owner of an iPhone 12 Pro. I mean, if I have to get one, why not go for the one with the best camera(s), right? ;) It IS nice to have a camera that fits in my pocket so is handy whenever I’m outside.

It’s worked out well so far just putting it in a jacket pocket for going to town or outside somewhere. But the weather’s warming up and will soon be too warm for jackets, so I figure I’ll need a way to carry it along to town, since I don’t like the idea of having it in my jeans/pants pocket. Here’s my solution: a Slim Sling, from the pattern by Linds Handmade Designs.

If it looks familiar, it’s because I made one before when I tested the pattern. You can get all the details about it here. This one is just a bit different, as I made the version with the zipper pocket instead of the clear vinyl back.

I used cork fabric in my favorite color - teal, and I found the perfect lining fabric, which I’d purchased in a grab bag of scraps.

Here it is, all loaded up with cards and my new phone.

Of course this is too nice to use for working outside, doing cat chores, etc. I have a couple other projects in mind, so check back later and see (but not too soon, because I haven’t started them yet)!

Saturday, March 6, 2021

kraft-tex Purse Pal

Here goes another attempt at a post from the iPad. 🤞🏻

I did another quick pattern test last week. This will look pretty similar to my last post, but it’s a whole new pattern - the Purse Pal, once again by Linds Handmade Designs. It’s longer than the Pocket Pal and has an outer slip pocket, plus six card slots instead of just three.

Once again, I used kraft-tex to make it from, because I think it’s cool... and because it requires no edge finishing. So it was a pretty quick and easy project.

The lining is quilting cotton.

Here’s a comparison between the Pocket Pal and the new larger Purse Pal.

Did you notice the little red flower-shaped snap? It’s a KAMsnap.

So there ya have it! The pattern is at a discount price through this weekend, so if you’re interested, get it now at Linds Handmade! As always, there’s a very helpful video tutorial to show you how it’s done.

Whew! I think I got through this on the iPad. It was somewhat challenging, but hopefully it’s a success. Let me know if you have any issues when viewing it.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

kraft-tex Pocket Pal

One of my stocking stuffers this past Christmas was a package of kraft-tex (thanks Jess... er... Santa!). It's something I'd heard of before but had never had any, so I was eager to give it a try. It's actually made of paper - "a kraft paper that performs like fabric" - and is good not only for sewing but for all sorts of craft projects. Here's a good video to learn a little more about it. It's washable, doesn't tear, and has sort of a leather look and feel to it.

I decided to give it a try with the Pocket Pal pattern that I've used before. It has all raw edges, which made it perfect for the kraft-tex. It sewed nicely, although not as smoothly as fabric or leather, but still totally doable. I took a risk and did contrast topstitching (without practicing because I didn't want to waste any) and was quite pleased with how it turned out.

I used some scrap fabric for the lining and inside the card slots, and a KAMsnap for the tab.

I wasn't totally thrilled with the puncture holes on the back side of the seam, but it wasn't a deal breaker. However, just look at that cool texture!

Here's a Pocket Pal I'd made before in leather for comparison.

I like it! It's very sturdy and should hold up for a long time.

Kraft-tex isn't just for sewing projects, but for many kinds of paper crafting, too. It'd be great for scrap-booking, if you're into that. If you're interested, Amazon has lots of it for sale. Give it a try and (or if you already have) let me know what you think. I'm open to project ideas, too. Since you can print on it with an inkjet printer, I'm thinking of maybe making some labels, for one thing. There are endless possibilities!