Sunday, January 2, 2011

Handmade by Me

Several bloggers have been searching on the internet for a bag called "Handmade by Me" and I thought it was really cute that you thought there was a pattern "Handmade by Me". . . I simply used that wording to say that instead of buying the sewing bags already MADE by someone else I meant that I had actually Handmade the bags for my friends and one for the giveaway using my own two little hands . I hope that makes a shred of sense. lol.

Anyway, this is the pattern I used and then I changed it to suit my needs. You can see the flying geese bag in the lower right hand corner of the picture below.

Click HERE to buy the pattern.

I also made the flying geese pinwheel bag but it was a bit big for me and I didn't like how the bottom pinwheel wrapped around to the bottom seam.

I'm just picky that way and hated losing part of the flying geese to the bottom of the bag.

It's a darling pattern and I do love it or I wouldn't have bought it. I especially love that cute sewing machine, too!!!

Here's the basics on how I changed the pattern. . .
(I'm sorry there are only a couple pictures but hopefully that helps)

  • I only made 4 flying geese for the front and omitted the 4 flying geese for the back.
  • I sewed a 9 1/2" square to the bottom of the 4 flying geese.
  • I cut out a 9 1/2" x 14" piece of batting and put it on the backside of bag.
  • I quilted it following the lines of the seams and a 1" grid on the black polka dot.
  • I cut out a 9 1/2" x 14" piece of fabric for the bag lining.
  • I added fabric ends to each side of the 9" zipper to make the zipper smaller.
  • I attached the zipper.
  • I turned it right sides in making sure the zipper was unzipped for turning later.
  • I sewed up both sides of the bag.
  • I opened the corners by matching the side seam and the bottom and then measuring up 1" from the corner tip and then sewed across the seam.
  • Then I turned it right side out and pressed it.


Fiesta said...

Kim, as usual, you can make an ordinary design extraordinary.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love this fabric! Great little bag.

Pat said...

I enjoyed that story about folks searching for a bag pattern called "Handmade by Me"....LOL

Yarn Devil said...

LOL! That is what happens when you make such fabulous projects!!! What a compliment in itself!! Thank you as always for sharing!

Thimbleanna said...

Very Cute Kim! Maybe you SHOULD write some Handmade by Me patterns!

Pamela said...

I am amazed at your talent and projects. So beautiful and fresh. I plan on visiting her often!

John'aLee said...

Oh those are soooo cute!