Monday, September 1, 2014

Summer Moves On Hobo Bag

This is the Summer Moves On Hobo Bag Pattern designed by Anna from Charmed Liebling.  This bag contains so many pockets!  Gotta LOVE all them pockets!  This bag has lots of room.  It also sits comfortably on your shoulder to carry.   
This is the front of the bag.  It not only has two great sized slip pockets, there are also two zip pockets on the front of the slip pickets!  Oh yaaaa!
This is the back of the bag.  It has two slip pockets.  
The view from the top of the bag.   
A view inside the bag. 
This bag would be great to use when traveling.  Especially, if you are like me and end up carrying everyone else's stuff.  It would also make a great diaper bag or a bag to take on a day of shopping with the girls or at a farmers market.     
Head on over to to grab this fun pattern. 

Creative Blog Hop Tour

Happy September 1! 

I can't believe that it is already September!  When I was younger time dragged on forever.   Now, it flies by.  At the time of me writing this post, my kids are headed back for their first day of school.  My oldest will graduate from high school in a few years.  In my mind, I just sent him off for his first day of preschool.  Now, he stands almost 6'3" and I have to look up to talk to him.   How is all this possible when I am only 25 years old?  Hummm?  I guess don't do the math.  :)

Any who, this post is part of the Creative Blog Hop.  I was invited to this blog hop by Anna of Charmed Liebling.  Anna designs so many adorable bag and wallet patterns.  I love when I get an email saying that she has a new pattern.  She is talented!  So, I am EXTREMELY honored that she asked me to join this blog hop. 

1) What am I working on?
I am working on several things at once.  Why have only one project going when you can have 20?  :) 
I have been super busy the past several months with school and community related volunteering....meetings, classes, committees, projects, etc.  So, I fit crafting in between attempting to exercise and everything else to try to maintain my sanity.   Is it working---you are probably asking?  YES, OF COURSE!  DON'T QUESTION IT! :)
I digress....back on subject, now.
Regarding Sewing:  
I have tried to sew clothing a few times.  It hasn't ended well.  I haven't learned how to alter or fit clothing. So, I usually sew home d├ęcor items or bags.  Making Bags is a passion.  I think about and notice details of  people's purses, even shopping bags when I am out and about.    I am currently working on testing a few different bags for other designers.  However, I can't show you them because, they are not mine to show, yet. I also have been working on gifts.  So, can't show those either.   ;)

Here is Anna's newest pattern!  Hot off the press!  Well, I guess hot off the Internet!  :)  It is her Summer Moves On Hobo Pattern
Here is my Blog post for this bag:  Sincerely, Ree Summer Moves On Hobo.

I guess I can share these cute items that I made since the designer posted them on her Instagram.
This is a soon to be released Rockstar Bag Pattern from Sara at Sew Sweetness.  See her Instagram teaser here: Rockstar Bag.  I used a pair of my son's outgrown jeans to make this bag and faux leather accents. 
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE vintage, shabby chic, romantic style.  So, I LOVE this soon to be released pattern.  It's the Crimson and Clover Train Case also from Sara at Sew Sweetness.  Here are the two links to her Instagram page, with pictures of the case I made.  Crimson and Clover Train Case and Crimson and Clover Train Case Inside. 

Crochet:  I am working on a few different crochet projects:
This is the beginning of a crocheted cardigan.  It is a free pattern Essential Jacket.  I've never ever crocheted clothing before.  So, wish me luck. 

Before I started the above jacket, I actually started this pink shrug. 
However, I got so bored with this stitch that I couldn't stand it anymore.  Someday this will be finished....maybe.  :)  Here is the pattern for this Canyon Shrug.  I have to admit that I was going to take the dimensions given in the pattern then crochet some kind of crochet pattern to fit those dimensions.  I think I started and unwound my project 20 times....not exaggerating.  So, I finally just gave up and followed the pattern. 

2) How does my work differ from others its genre?

Well, with regard to sewing, I think maybe the way I embellish existing patterns?  I haven't been able to buy any of those awesome designer print fabrics.  I think I hit the jackpot if I find cute print fabric in the remnant section.  To make up for this I try to think of ways to add texture and dimension to the fabric I have.  I also love feminine things.  I can't stop adding bows, ruffles or flowers to the bags that I make.  This applies to crochet items I make as well.

3) Why do I write/create what I do?

I make bags because I have always been drawn to bags.  I can see a picture in a fashion ad or magazine and most notice the clothing...if there is a bag in the picture, that's what I see first.  No matter how small the bag is in the picture.   :) 

4) How does my writing/creative process work?

With regard to using an existing bag pattern,   I think to myself, "Self, what--of my existing-- fabric will look good with the character of this pattern."  OR "How can I make it more feminine (or sometimes masculine)?" Yep, not only do I talk to myself, I sometimes have an answer for myself as well.  Maybe I shouldn't admit that publicly?  Too late!
I have designed and made a few bags of my own.  Although, I haven't really shared these projects on my blog.  I do have several sketches of bags that I'd like to make.  I love to browse pictures of purses via Pintrest or just browsing online.  I take elements of bags (from pictures or in real life) that catch my attention and make a sketch.  I started into the slippery slope of doing crafts with paper crafts...scrapbooking, stamping, making cards, and paper flowers.  So, sometimes, I even take elements of card or scrapbook sketches or techniques and apply them to purse design.  After, I make a sketch,  I try to figure out the size I want my finished bag to be.  I then try to make a prototype of my bag. Admittedly, I haven't worked on my own patterns or designs much because beyond drawing the sketch.   I panic and freeze.   So, I guess I'm full of ideas and a dreams but too terrified to execute them.  One day....maybe. 

Thank you!  I hope you have a FANTASTIC day! 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Crossbody Bag From Vogue

Hey Everyone! 
I didn't mean to disappear for a while.   My computer crashed.  I've been piecing myself back together.  At least that is how I feel.  :)
I made this bag as a gift awhile ago. 
This is a cute, good sized cross body bag.  I am thinking that pocket up top was sized to hold a flip cell phone.  HA!  I added a ruffle around the flap of the pockets.  Just because...OKAY!  I was playing with fabric and a ruffle foot.  There I said it!  :) 
Love this zip pocket in the back.
Here is the inside of the bag. 
That's all for now.  Have a great day! 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bag Accessories

Since I made myself the Lapin Noir Bag, I decided I wanted some new accessories to go with it.  Why not, right?
This is the All-Purpose Wallet from Charmed Liebling.  I've had a lot of fun with this great pattern.   
I added the ruffle down the center of the outside for fun. 
This is the inside of the wallet.  This has so many great components.  There is a zippered pocket, card slots, a dimensional cell phone pocket and a pocket for paper currency.   
That is a bow on top of my elastic cording on the cell phone pocket.  
On the sides of the credit card slots I pulled out my glue gun and glued down the twill ribbon.  I had the twill ribbon in my stash.  It has the definition of family printed on it.   This is actually from my scrapbook/card making supplies. 
Before I glued the ribbon, I zig zag stitched down the sides of the credit card slots a few times.  I also made sure to add glue to the sides of the slot pockets as well as the twill ribbon.
This sunglass case is from a pattern out of the book "Bags:  The Modern Classics" by Sue Kim.
The lighting is slightly different on this pic as I made and finished the wallet earlier in the day. Later, I decided I also wanted a new sunglass case.  
 That's all for now.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lapin Noir Bag Part Two

Here is another Lapin Noir Bag I put together.   The bag pattern is designed by Sew Sweetness.  

I needed a bag about this size that had both shoulder strap and cross body handles.  I also wanted to use this number fabric I had in my stash.  I, again, added bows made from the “Bows" pattern from Michelle Patterns.  I can't seem to stop using these cute bows!  I might need to seek help.  Haaaa!

This is the back of the bag.  The zippered pocket and the little pocket--perhaps for cell phone--is WONDERFUL!
The inside of the bag.  I almost like these fabrics more than outside fabrics.  Can you say POLKA DOTS?!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Melissa Bag

This cute bag is the Melissa Bag made from a pattern by I Think Sew.

I actually pulled out my stamps (from paper crafting)  and stamped on fabric.  The stamps are from Paper Trey Ink.  

I just finished stamping the flower and I was holding up the ruffle fabric to get an idea of how it would look when I got the idea to have alternating polka dot ruffles.  That's how I ended up cutting out and making two bags.  Why not....right? 

I guessed-from examining the pictures-that the handle was going to be too short.  I added a few inches.  Next time I think I'll add a few more inches so it will not be so tight on my shoulder. 
In real life the color of the fabric is somewhere between the yellow that the outside pictures portray and the white that the inside pictures portray.    
I moved the zipper pocket to the outside back.  I found that I like a pocket here on my bags.
The inside of both bags are the same.   They each have 4 slip pockets (2 on each side).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Updated City Slicker Bag

I wasn't happy with the front pocket flap on the original Ruffled City Slicker Bag I made. HERE is the original post.  So I made a few changes.  
I removed the original ruffled front flap.  I didn't like how the ruffles on that flap turned out.  I had to 're-open the turning opening then very carefully sew the new flap on.  
Again, I used the Bow Pattern from Michelle Patterns.