Sewing with leather: success!

  I dream of leather bag making, but something always to go wrong. Skipped stitches, broken thread, etc.

I think this time, since I stayed SUPER simple, I actually achieved success!

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I used Isocord (Isacord?) machine embroidery polyester thread for all the sewing. it's super fine, but WAY strong.

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I put in a metal zipper from Momen+. They have the bestest zips in the whole world.  The leather is SUPER soft and supple, I bought it as a scrap in downtown LA.

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It's lined with a print of London Calling II lawn by Robert Kaufman.

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inside, with the fabric only, I put in a simple divided pocket on one side. Since the fabric is lawn, it's super fine and easy to sew multiple layers.

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so here it is, all done. And it totally looks awesome. so I think I might be brave enough to try something more complicated. we'll see...

 

 

Quick 'n' Easy

I whipped out a tablet cover/case/pouch-thing sleeve for C to take on a trip. 30 minutes, including quilting!

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I'm super lazy though, so I didn't change the white bobbin thread to match the black top thread. I actually think the white flecks are my favorite part.

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I've been hoarding this fabric for years, (originally purchased to make him camera straps, but he said he didn't want straps), so I'm thrilled I finally got to use it! It's lined with flannel to keep the screen safe.

bags and greens.

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Another 2ball knitting bag (this one for my friend Liberty)

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A fold-over purse, (is it a clutch if it has a handle? Mostly copied from my friend Natalie's awesome bag) is my new favorite make.

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A shirt for C. Fabric is a yummy flannel from DryGoodsDesign, pattern is a Vogue pattern. Made it with short sleeves to test the fit. C has the worlds biggest shoulders, so I'll have to grade up the chest/shoulders before I make another.

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The Vogue shirt got buttons within 24 hours of being made, unlike this one, which sat, WITH BUTTONHOLES, for 2 years, awaiting only buttons. Lucky C got 2 shirts this week!

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And finally, the greens. I'm working on an all green Scrappy Trips Around the World at D's request. But Crockett thinks it's yummy...

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For an adorable architect

My friend Erik is an architect/urban planner. (he's also one of my daughter's godfathers). when I got this amazing new fabric (Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander), with blueprint-y prints, I knew I needed to make him something. He'd once commented on a crayon roll of the Bean's, saying it'd be great to have something like that for his pens and pencils. Perfect. I asked him how many slots, and then whipped this puppy out: image

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he's on a 2 month trip to Japan, Spain (and maybe England? I can't remember), so hopefully this is helping him in his travels...

LAMQG scrap swap

Our October (or maybe september) LAMQG swap was a scrap swap. I was lucky enough to get scraps from my friend Nicole, and one day, while looking at the scraps, I noticed that they all went well with this peachy-pink Essex Linen that I had. so I sewed up the pieces into little bits of patchy-goodness, and made all three sizes of Open-Wide pouches by Noodlehead. image

I love that they nest

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each is slightly different, but still awesome.

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the tiniest squares are 1". the biggest are 2"

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Bags n babies

D and I stopped by the new Daiso Japan store in Torrance last week. they have cute little metal clasp frames for $1.50, so I bought one and tried it out. image

I suck at glueing.

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and next time I'll make my own shape (less pear-y), but this time I followed the pattern that comes with the clasp. (Or, rather, I followed the pattern piece and illustrations. the instructions were written in Japanese, so they didn't help me much)

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but it came out cute, and the Bean was pleased.

Since I had that linen out.... I decided to try tiny hexies...

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I printed out a sheet of 1/4" hexies (man, there sure are a lot on 1 page! I cut about 40, and used 7)

here's my late night basting...

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I used a blanket stitch to applique them onto a scrap of linen, and made a zip pouch from it. came out pretty cute, if I do say so myself!

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I've been able to get a lot done these days (even though I'm not posting much. Everything is for Fall Market, and therefore hush hush), because my little dude spends a lot of time like this:

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Double -ended zippered bag

D needed a pencil bag, and was told to put pencils, erasers, and markers in them. I had this idea to make a bag that's double ended, but searching on the internet for "double-ended bag" or pouch or anything double-ended only produces boxing results.... I'm not sure if I just don't know the right search terms, or what, but I couldn't find any tutorials or patterns or images of what I wanted, so I took a deep breath, grabbed some scrap fabric, and tried out my idea....  

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it worked! (this is the second one, of nice fabrics. the proportions were off on the first one)

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I used scraps from the sample quilt of Don't Be Crabby by Laurie Wisbrun for RK (in stores in December)

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see, zippers on either end.

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D approved, and filled it with his pencils and markers quite happily

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A bag.

image as part of passing on a board position at the kiddos' preschool, I made a bag to hold the 1st VP binder....

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I used some stash gaberdine, some lovely circa 1934 dots (won during the White Elephant at the LAMQG retreat), and some Quilters Linen (LOOOOOVE)

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I put pockets inside for pens, keys, etc, and embroidered the outside pocket with a simple flower, just for fun....

it wound up being a really handy size, I might need to make more...

I started with rectangles, 17x19", and I think the bottom triangles were 2"...

Happy Birthday to my sister...

I was asked to make a Keyka Lou zip clutch from some new fabrics by RK, but wasn't sure about how they would appear on the finished bag, so I decided to test the pattern... I used some scraps, which happened to match this bag... image

the finished bag was super cute, the pattern was awesome, but we wound up using different fabrics to make the bag, as the original print was too large for this bag... but I highly recommend it to anyone looking to make a cute zip clutch....

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since it was made in the middle of the night on my sister's birthday, it was packaged along with the big bag, and made a lovely gift for her...

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unfortunately, since it was made in the middle of the night, there are no good pictures...

More bags

Just out of the dryer. New quilts make me happy.... image

and here're some tester bags, made with Quilter's Linen scraps (from the chopsticks quilt) and some Stitch scraps (left over from when I slipcovered these chairs at Market)...

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this one above is the Keyka Lou grocery bag, with handles in the wrong places,  and below is one just whipped out of 15" squares (miscut when attempting to cut the 15x20 pieces for the KL bag. Oops. Time to make lemonade from my lemons.)

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I made the lining peek out so it looks piped... sorta

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and bagged the bottoms, obvi.

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Another bag...

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I made another one to test my pattern, and I LOVE it. (BTW, if any of you love this bag as much as I do, I'd love a pattern tester!)

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My sister's birthday is coming up, and that blue is her favorite color, so I think it's headed her way, but I have enough of the fabric left over to make another one for myself. :)

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Zip pocket on the inside on one side...

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And triple pocket on the other side (my straight pocket trifecta: cellphone, pen, keys/earbuds).

All fabrics bought last week from the lovely lively ladies at SewModern. (They're VERY lovely,  and I do love them muchly, but my autocorrect reminded me that one reason I love them is that they're very lively)

Hooray!

Tada! Here's my new bag!!!

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(Fancy setting, right? garage door handles make great bag backgrounds)

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somehow in the last 2 days I lost my rose fabric. Luckily last week I bought 1/2 a yard of this gorgeous Pezzy print at Sew Modern, and it was just enough for the lining, and it matches PERFECTLY. LOVE.

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I put a zippered pocket on one side of the lining (I had to use some plain kona snow for the inside of that pocket)

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and this side of the bag has a really simple cell phone, etc pocket. (I made 3 channels, 1 for my new cell, 1 for a pen, and 1 for keys or headphones...) I took the lining pics before I sewed the bag together, just because it's easier to photograph open like this.

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Killian really really likes my bag. I stopped to rethread my machine, and in the minute it took me, he claimed his spot. (the industrial is RIGHT by the sunny window looking out into the front yard, so it's a popular spot for cats)

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In case anyone is attempting to sew with leather, I highly recommend using an industrial machine with big fat nails. This pic shows a regular 80/12 needle below (which I use for sewing most everything), and the SIZE 20 (TWENTY!!!) needle that the dude at the local vac and sew place recommended... it's NOT a leather needle, it's just a HUGE FAT needle that punches RIGHT through anything. Before sewing on the handles, I checked to make sure the machine would go through 6 layers of leather, so that's the tester in the top left corner.

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here's the finished bag, enjoying the sunshine...

Done!

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I tried 2 hardware stores, and could only find silver rings, so they don't match the zipper, but I love the bag anyway.

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btw, these pics were taken in the parking lot of my kiddos' school. I thought the sailing themed bag needed a photograph at the beach... and it was SUCH a beautiful day.