Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bloggers Challenge ~ A bag or a box

Well ~ It's all my friend Tiffany's fault (love ya girl!). She got me started making the adorable big shot flowers with fabric and then I started eyeballing my Vera Bradley purses and I decided to try it out. Having never sewed before, I think I'm picking it up kind of quick. I guess inspiration and motivation can come from anywhere.

Some have asked me how to do it, and honestly, I'm just using the force, so I don't know what to tell you yet! :) I'm just playing and I'm liking that! I do seem to have an eye for cutting the fabric and making some adorable bags.

First my black and white beauty. This is the second official bag I made (the first one is in my last post). I love this black and white fabric. The more I play with different materials, the more I wish that stampin up would come out with Designer Series Fabric materials.. Prequilted and doublesided. yummy.. I'm drawn to these certain colors anyway, and it's funny how certain bags I want to send to certain people based on their taste. Maybe you'll get one??

It's so hard to see the detail on the front of this with the patterns. There are 3 pockets on the front and 3 inside. The ones on the front would be good for a cell phone. I also put my wristlet into the larger pocket and hook it through the large handle.

Bag #2 I made for a dear friend. I may dress it up a little before I send it to her. It's sort of cute plain... It fits SU's mini catalogs perfectly, and has 3 pockets inside.. Again, i'm thinking cell, snips and snail adhesive. This smaller bag is great with a long handle, and would be good for a day at the amusement park. You could wear it close to your body and not worry about getting pick pocketed. :) All 3 of these bags have magnetic closures sewn into the finish.
Finally, I made this bag yesterday. We've been house bound pretty much with the hubby on IV antibiotics at home for this crazy thing that came on all of a sudden last week. I'm not sure if you can tell by the photo... This bag is a scrappers dream. It has 6 pockets inside, and 3 outside. the pockets are sewn off, so they are a tiny bit shorter. this way, you wont end up with having items lost in the bottom of your bag. There are 3 more pockets on the front. It's sporting an extra long handle and is about 15" wide by 18" tall. It is the perfect bag for transporting 12x12 scrapbook pages. The colors of this bag SO remind me of another friend... Needless to say, I'm learning how to sew and I'm not too bad at it considering i've never had any training.. Guess it's all the same.. A haircut, a cutting paper and sticking it together and now, the same thing with fabric. I'm having fun with it.
I have to say, if you look at the bottom of this bag, I sewed a ledge all the way around, and it stands so nicely on it's own and doesnt flop over... This is my 5th bag, and I think i'm getting pretty good at it. I know this is sort of non stamping related, but i'm feeling a creative wave with sewing lately, so i'm just going to roll with it. When I saw the bloggers challenge asking for bags, I couldnt resist sharing this fun thing i've been doing for the past 2 months with you. I cant wait to see what the other bloggers challenge girls come up with for this project. i'm sure you wont be disappointed.

25 comments:

kim said...

Watch out Vera!!! Gorgeous Selene...just gorgeous!!! <3

Shelly Schmidt said...

Awesome project- hold your hat on and we'll say prayers!!!

Tami Black said...

I haven't even tried these, but I have to say that yours look professionally done! You mean you really don't sew? I would say you've found another creative outlet -- these look wonderful and not homemade at all! Great job!

I hope BK gets better quickly and that the weather gets better as well! Hugs to you Selene!

amycara said...

WOW! Selene, you'd never know you aren't a sew pro with these beauties! I love how you made them each for different purposes! STUNNING!

Robin Merriman said...

These are beautiful! You've outdone yourself - just a super job!
Ok, I'll take you up on your offer!
xoxo
Hope BK is feeling better!

Lisa said...

Well, all I can say is WOW!! Really? You don't sew? You aren't telling the truth! You have to have been able to sew...these are wonderful! I just love everything people have been doing with fabric lately! If you ever find you have too many of these bags lying around, I'll be there's a bunch of Blogger's Challenge girls who would just love to take them off your hands!

Glad BK is home and I'm sure you are doing a great job taking care. I hope the weather doesn't get too bad for you. Stay safe.

Connie said...

Those are so cute, Selene! I can't believe you've never sewn before! Great job with the BC challenge!

Lisa Somerville said...

Just beautiful - maybe you've found your new calling!

Patti Chesky said...

YOU GO GIRL!!!

Wow! Really? You don't sew? You could've fooled me (someone who really hates to sew)!!!

These bags are AMAZING!!!! You are truly blessed with all your talents.

P.S. Glad to hear BK is doing better!!! Sending some hugs from MN!!!

Basement Stamper said...

Wow, those are awesome!!! I love Vera Bradley purses. Gorgeous!

Tiffany Bauer said...

WOW!!! You really did run with this fabric sewing thing didn't you??!! I am very proud of you, your bags are awesome and I can't beleive you have never sewed before!!!! These bags are AWESOME and I would love to have happy mail day from you Selene!!! Luv ya and I am happy to hear Brian is doing much better!!

Ida P. Krause said...

Wow what a great bunch of bags. Lucky you that you can sew!

Hi, I'm Lee Conrey! said...

You're right!! I love this!!!! Oh the back and white is so-o-o-o me. I've got to make one or have someone make me one ...hint-hint

I'm glad BK is doing better.

You're just amazing!!!
Do you suppose I could Iron one together with Stitch Withery or something? hehe

Gerrie Johnnic said...

That is just amazing! You have a true talent here!

Lisa Bohler said...

"Sew" many talents!!! These are wonderful and fabulous and so ready for prime time!!!

Stephanie Fitch said...

Would you be so kind to share the directions so that the rest of us "non-sewers" can try as well.

I made a rag bag this week but need to find something with POCKETS.

Thanks! Glad your hubby is on the recovery road.

tonistamps said...

OMG Selene! You've got amazing talent! Gorgeous bags!

Anonymous said...

I love your bags Selene - they are just beautiful! I hope you'll share some tips to another sewing newbie.
- Christine M.

Jeanne Nielsen said...

Beautiful Selene! Where did you get the material for the blue/yellow bag? I'd love to make it for my daughter (or even for me)! You can email me privately if you'd like -- I live in the area so if it's a local craft store, I can get there. Jeanne

Kristen said...

Holly smokes, look at you. Your bags are gorgeous!

Tangii Crain said...

You go girl! Hope things get back to "normal for you soon"! Love the bags!!

Claudia said...

WOW is all I can say, these are just awesome. You are one talented lady!

Lori said...

Wow--these are fabulous! You'd never know from looking at these that you're new to sewing.

GCgirl said...

Yeah...when I say I can't sew, that's what it means. You obviously are gifted at it--these rock!!! :-)

Latenightstamper said...

these are wonderful, thank you for sharing your ideas. nice work! Sherrill Graff istmpnv@aol.com