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Just the Necessary


This is my rendition of the Necessary Clutch Wallet from Emmeline Bags.  It is apparently taking the wallet sewing world by storm.

Our sewing guild had this as their March workshop, and I was able to finish it at sewing camp.  It’s a great way to use up all those bits and pieces you have left over from other projects.  That quilting cotton with the To-Die-For print?  Use it here!

The workshop was great!  All the bag hardware was included in the class fee, as well as various stiffeners and interfacing.  This is a structured bag.  It does not collapse when chock full of all those essentials required on a daily basis.

It is also the only project I finished at sewing camp.  I attribute that to the fact that my sewjo was off somewhere drinking fruity drinks at the time.  She does this periodically, and never checks with my agenda.   Pretty nervy!

The inside is just as colorful, which I really like.  Zippered pockets.  Credit card pockets.  Slip pockets.  An open, but secured pocket which holds up to an iPhone 7 (not that I have one of those).

Speaking of, why is it handbags no longer come with credit card pockets?  I mean, really?  In a world that is almost completely cash-less these days, and nowhere to slip those cards.  Harrumph!

Bright.  Useful.  Cute.  Ta-Da!

Islander Bag


To whet our appetites for Sew-In 2012, there was a Pre-Sew-In workshop this year, and of course, I signed up.  Similar to the 2011 workshop, we would have a guest instructor, and the opportunity to learn new techniques and methods.  This year our guest instructor was Penny Sturgis of Quilts Illustrated.

The whole time leading up to the Sew-In there were all sorts of hints about what the workshop would be…but no actual data. We’d be the first group to try out a brand new pattern.  Penny would be assisting each and every one of us.  But…until just mere weeks before the Sew-In, no one had any idea what our mystery project would be.  The anticipation made for very itchy fabric fingers.

The big reveal was the Islander Bag…and we had homework to do!  That’s right we had to select fabric , cut out pieces and quilt them.  I actually had to purchase fabric!  There was nary a thread in Casa Thunderpaws suitable.  What a catastrophe, having to buy more fabric.

As you can see, I went for something bright.

Penny took us through the assembly, one step at a time.  No one was left behind, though everyone had to pay attention.  In the end, there was a veritable Bevy of Bags.  Every one was different, unique and stylish.

I don’t usually like quilted bags – they are either too shapeless, too large or just not my thing.  This one I do believe I will use.  It has enough structure to hold it’s shape when full of the requisite “stuff” we all have to carry.  There are all sorts of additional pockets, both outside on the front (under the flap) and back.  There are pockets on the inside as well.

For a pocket junkie like myself, this is pure heaven.

I also made the most of the fabric I chose, switching the pieces around.  That’s one of the great features this bag’s design – you can really play with pattern and color if so inclined.  Or you can go all sedate and business-like.  I don’t think we had any like that at the Sew-In.

All in all, it was a great experience.  A wonderful prelude to three more days of sewing nirvana.

In Lust…Again!


Hotpatterns has done it to me once again.  I am in lust with this jacket pattern.  Of course, me being me, if/when I get the pattern, I will probably be sewing it up in the middle of summer.  In Cactusville.  When the temperatures are 110+.

I still really like it.

I realized during the not-long-past holidays that I wanted something a bit warmer than my jeans jacket, but fancier than the usual fleece to wear while running errands and going out and about.  Not tailored, but stylish.

I think this fits the bill quite nicely.  It’s edgy, but not so outré that it would go out of style before I get it sewn.  The seaming provides lots of possibilities, both in terms of fit and fabric.  Fabric combinations – maybe a tapestry and faux leather?  The zips could be colored or rhinestone.  Oh my!  The brain whirls.  Inspiration Abounds!

Having just returned from Tucson Gem Show, toting around loot for days, I can well attest to the need of a good sturdy satchel.  Ta Da!

Interior pockets, with and without zips.  A nice sturdy handle.  A special place for your cell phone (though I probably wouldn’t hear mine inside the bag).

Trudy has even provided YouTube video on how to construct this lovely.  You can find the lining here and the satchel here

Hmm, this post is sounding a bit like an advertisement for Hotpatterns, and that is not the case.  I mean it more as a source of inspiration, which I have been lacking of late.  Now the creative juices are flowing, and ideas are abounding.

It’s a nice feeling.