Sewing is a lot like life...sure, there are patterns for just about everything, but in order to love what you do, or love what you make, you have to change the pattern to make it your own regardless if the change is a fraction of an inch or the length of a yard. And more often that not, those choices you make to change the pattern do not work out exactly the way you hope. It can be frustrating and challenging, and sometimes you have have to rip it all apart at the seams and start completely over. Which requires patience. A lot of patience. But in doing so, you create something that is far more rewarding, and far more beautiful, then what you started with.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Got Quarters?

WOW! My bag was just featured by Dana over at MADE as part of her "Celebrate Yellow" Series! MADE is one of my favorite sites! Go check out all the Sunny Goodness! Thank you!

Now that I have been sewing for several months, one of the biggest challenges I have is to figure out what to do with all the scrap pieces of fabrics that are left over from the bags and blankets that I make. I know this is not a new issue to anyone and there are a ton of tutorials for things like cuter than cute fabric flower pins, which I love, but sadly I do not own a glue gun. GASP! Is that blasphemous in the crafting and sewing world?

A few weeks ago I blogged about one project involving using fleece scraps to make chew toys for your dogs (my dogs love them!, see that post here), but that is only a great project for really long thin pieces of scrap and still left me wondering what to do with whole quarters or more of leftover fabric.

Intro the reversible Japanese Knot Bag! While I am still struggling a little with figuring the best way to sew the handles together, I LOVE that this bag only uses a fat quarter each for both the interior and exterior! It is just what I have been looking for! I made this one over the weekend and CAN.NOT.WAIT. to go through my scrap stash to see what other combos I can put together, but you can see the one above is just from scraps from the fabrics I used to make the bigger Birdie Sling posted earlier. This pattern is by Helen Heath and the downloadable PDF format is free by clicking here!
I think this bag will make a great little holiday gift for my family and friends...maybe stuffed with holiday goodies from my annual Holiday Baking Bonanza? Or maybe a little make up bag filled with bath goodies? LOVE IT!

1 comment:

  1. Love the colors!! yellow and gray are one of my fav. combination:)
    I am now following you thanks to Buzz On By Thursday, and it would be nice if you could share the love back on my blog;)
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