Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tasting Table Tuesday - Weekender Bag Review

It was a tough battle, but I won.  This bag was definitely the most difficult bag I'm made yet.  But I kind of compare it to childbirth - tough to get through, but so worth it in the end!  It's been a few days now, and I've already almost forgotten how difficult it was - I repeat - almost!
I'm happy with the structure of the bag, since I used the QAYG technique instead of the Peltex on every panel.  It's definitely stable enough and stands up well on it's own.  What really made this bag difficult to sew was the piping in the seams.  But the bag wouldn't look as good without it, so it was worth suffering through the process.

One success though - I didn't break any needles!  The instructions actually suggest that you have a package of new needles on hand, and from the reviews I read, most people go through several.  My Bernina's a tough old gal...

Lots of reviews I read mentioned that the bottom lining panel seemed too big, and I have to agree.  When I realized it, I could have stopped and altered it to fit, but I took the easy way out, like everyone else, and just put some little pleats in the bottom corners to take up the extra fullness.  Afterall, it's on the inside of the bag and will never be noticed, so I'm fine with that.

I also increased the strap length by 9 inches (also recommended on a review) so it can be carried as a shoulder bag, and that length worked out great.

So all-in-all, I'm very happy with how this bag turned out, but I won't be making another one anytime soon.
It's for my granddaughter for Christmas.  Her mom wanted an overnight bag just for her, and I think this will be just perfect.  Oh, the things we do for love...


Friday, December 7, 2012

Giveaway Day Winner

Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out who won the Eyeglass Pouch in my Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

My luck is changing!

I've never considered myself a lucky winner.  Door prizes, raffles, you name it - I seldom win...  (except for the time I won a 2-ton hydraulic car jack - twice! - but that's another story...)

Anyway, I finally won something!  Remember this hat I showed you a few days ago?

It was made entirely with Jo Morton fabrics from Andover, and Andover gives a weekly prize for projects made with their fabrics.  I thought - what the heck - I'll never win if I don't submit it, so I did - and I won this week!  Here's a link...
My Andover

Now maybe I should buy a lottery ticket...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tasting Table Tuesday - Weekender Bag

I finally took the plunge...  I've admired Amy Butler's Weekender Bag pattern for quite some time now, but was hesitant to try making one.  The pattern calls for tons and tons of interfacing and Peltex, and if you buy everything on the material list it becomes VERY expensive to make - and probably pretty difficult as well.  But then I read about an alternative construction method on Elizabeth Hartman's blog, Oh, Frannson, that eliminates all that Peltex.  Count me in!!!  That's all the encouragement I needed to give this bag a try.

Elizabeth uses only cotton duck, thin batting, and quilting cotton.  She used a "quilt-as-you-go" patchwork technique that looks amazing.  I opted to just use one piece of fabric, instead of the patchwork, but still used the same quilting technique to secure all the layers together, stitching vertical rows every half inch.
I think this is probably the most challenging bag I've tried so far, but I haven't run into any problems - yet...  It's been years since I've made piping - let alone applied it to a bag - and I love the extra detail it provides.
So wish me luck in completing this monster.  I think I'm going to love it when it's done, but I don't think this is something I'll want to make dozens of, that's for sure!

And if you're looking for my Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day post, just click here.  Good luck!!!


Monday, December 3, 2012

Giveaway Day

Welcome to Giveaway Day, hosted by Sew, Mama, Sew.  Up for grabs is this 6" Eyeglass Case, handmade by me, of course!  I've used a Flex-Frame in the top, so you just have to squeeze the sides of the pouch top and it pops open, then snaps shut again when you release it. I have added a split key ring on the back of the pouch so it can be attached to a belt loop, purse or backpack. So handy when you're hiking or biking! Just clip it on and off you go!

The outer fabric is a quilting weight cotton that is the color of milk chocolate, with bright yellow graphics. The lining is a solid yellow cotton. The pouch and the sleeve that covers the flex-frame are entirely backed with fusible fleece for extra padding to protect your glasses.
The main pouch measures 3 1/2" wide and 6" long. The overall length, including the flex frame at the top, measures 7".

I make Flex-Frame Pouches in three sizes, as follows:  (the one in this giveaway is the 6" size)

Size Chart for Flex-Frame Gadget Pouches:
Note – Flex-Frame closure adds an addition 1” to the height of each pouch.
5” Pouch: 3 ½” x 5” [88.9mm x 127mm] fits iPhone4 or smaller, maximum phone/gadget size is 4.5” x 2.31” x .37” [115.2mm x 58.6mm x 9.3mm]
5.5” Pouch: 3 ½” x 5 ½” [88.9mm x 139.7mm] fits iPhone5 or smaller, maximum phone/gadget size is 5” x 2.31” x .37” [127mm x 58.6mm x 9.3mm]
6” Pouch: 3 ½” x 6” [88.9mm x 152.4mm] with rounded bottom corners, designed for eyeglasses.

To see the other sizes (and more) feel free to visit my Etsy Shop, Cotton Cellar, by clicking here.

To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment telling me what make/model cell phone you have.  Simple!  The deadline for comments is Dec. 7th at 8pm EST.  Then I will use the Random Number Generator widget to pick a winner and announce it here.  Remember - if you're a No Reply Blogger, then please make sure you include your email address in your comment so I can reach you if you win!
International entries welcome!

And don't forget - pop on over to Sew, Mama, Sew to see all the other fantastic giveaways!

Comments are now closed.  Thanks for participating!
Mr. Random Number Generator has drawn a number....

And the person who left lucky Comment #53 is....
Congratulations Principeta!  I will email you right away and I'll ship this out to you as soon as I get your mailing address.
A big "THANK YOU" to everyone who left a comment.  Now I will tally up the results of my cell phone survey and see which phone is the most popular.