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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Blue bag

I love doing custom orders and this bag is the latest one. I had pretty much free reign,which made it even better! ;-)

It is like my own bag I made a little while ago. It is just the perfect size for a book (sketchbook in my case) and some other bits and pieces. The fabric is all from IKEA, both the outside and the lining. The lining is that happy orange birdie print which I used in a bag for my sister.

I like making bags; picking out the colours and such. But what I really like is the construction part: figuring out how to make it (in as few separate pieces as possible, preferably!). What can I say, I like my crafting to also engage the logic (?) part of my brain. ;-)

My dear customer likes her bag, as do I, hooray! :-)

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Red Ridinghood totes

It's Little Red Ridinghood! With her little red cape and her basket with goodies for Grandma. But why she's got 'ears' I really don't know. Maybe there's a bit of a wolf in her too? ;-)

She looks a bit uncertain, but I guess that's only natural if you're about to walk through a wood with a wolf in it!

I played around a bit with there to position her on the bag.

I think this is my favourite so far.

I also quite like this one. Although, is it weird to have more than one Red? I think maybe it could look nice with a few more, a merry band of Reds all together.

There's a couple of bags in the shops (artfire + etsy), but I've also added her to some things in the t-shirt shop. One of them is a kids tee. Very cute. :-)

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scribbled by Carina 6/20/2009 09:01:00 PM


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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rubber ducky not included

I made these two bags a little while ago and only just got round to listing them in the shops.
Green and pink one is here, pink and yellow one is here.

Absolutely perfect for toting around your wips. They are a larger version of the one I made for me a while ago (sorry, I can't be bothered to look for the link ;-) ) and I think I could probably do with a large one like this. Or maybe a larger one!

And don't forget, there is still a couple of days left where 50% of the proceeds from anything in my shop will go to the Italian Red Cross. :-)

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scribbled by Carina 4/22/2009 08:46:00 PM


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Monday, March 30, 2009

The slow bag

I started making this bag... a loooong time ago. So long, I can't even remember when. I suppose I could dig through the archives, but seriously, I've got better things to waste my time on. Anyway, this bag is for my mum. She liked the one I've made for myself (the one I actually finished back then). And all her bag needed was the handles and sewing the inside and outside together. A 20 minute job at most, and yet the bag lay un-assembled in a box for ages.

But it is done now (notice the gocco'ed label? yay!), folded together and put in the bag with things to take to Denmark. One thing I am very organised about is our trips to Denmark. Weeks in advance there will be a bag or box for things to bring. And several lists: things to bring, things to do before going, things to do while there, things to buy overthere. You see, our time there is usually quite limited so it is important to get the most out of it! And what if I/we forgot to do/etc something!? No. Better to have a list! ;-)

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Oh new bag, I love you so!

Here's my new bag! Isn't it a beauty? I love it so much and I can't wait to take it out and about! The fabric is the leftovers from the cushion covers I made recently.

It has snap closures - I've never used those before so I wasn't sure how to do them (despite it being incredibly simple!), but a call to my mum and I was able to do them without a hitch.

The strap is adjustable, so it can go across the body or just hang off the shoulder. I had to use the tutorial I made for the adjustable strap slider, and even then I wasn't paying attention, so I had to unpick it. Well done, huh?

And will you take a look at that label? Made it meself, I dids. With the gocco. So easy peasy! And I just love that colour combination of red and apple green. So happy!

Here you can get a better view of the strap.

The lining is bright pink (which makes it really difficult to photograph because it is so vibrant it just sorta burns the pixels! Anyway, there are 3 pockets inside, one for the mobile phone, one for keys and one for, well, who knows what.

I love my new bag, I am so happy with how it turned out. And a wee part of me can scarsely believe that I actually made that! It just goes to show that with practice you can do or make anything. I couldn't have made this 3 years ago when I started sewing. I have learnt from doing. And if I can do it, so can you. Seriously.

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scribbled by Carina 3/21/2009 04:53:00 PM


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Friday, March 20, 2009

Sneak peek

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I’ve been working on a bag for *gasp* ME this week. It is done and I am very, very happy with it. But I can’t be bothered to sort out the pictures of it, so the rest will have to wait. ;-)

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Monday, February 02, 2009

To make things just that little bit tidier

Apart from the slightly creased fabric, you can't tell exactly how quick and dirty a job this bag actually was. But nevermind. The fabrics are cute - and it's even reversible for those days when I feel less in the mood for HOT PINK.

It is exactly big enough to hold the yarn for my current crochet project, which is its intended purpose! So the yarn colours will be foreverly changing. Loverly.

- no, I can't explain it... But I bet you would have done the same. Right?

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scribbled by Carina 2/02/2009 08:35:00 PM


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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

For carrying small things

Small totebag for one of my friends. Birthday present that is a bit late. Oh well. I hope she likes it. Orange is perfect for a January birthday present, eh?

They are pretty quick to make. But the patchwork band makes the process a bit longer. It is worth it, though, I think. It is lined with the same yellow fabric that is in the large square on the left hand side of the stripe.

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scribbled by Carina 1/27/2009 02:03:00 PM


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tutorial - Bag strap slider

Right, finally getting my act together and writing this tutorial for using/attaching a bag strap slider. It is easy, easier than it might look anyway! One thing worth mentioning before we begin: make sure your strap will actually fit in the slider. This may be self-evident, but there we go, I said it anyway. Oh and, in case you're wondering, I got my slider from U-Handbag.

Take one end of your strap and pull it through the slider. Then stitch the end onto the strap. Back of the strap end to back of the strap. In this picture the front of the strap is the blue side and the orange is the back. The strap end after the slider can be as long or short as you like, but I find that if you're using a sewing machine to stitch it, you need room to move.

Now pull the strap though the loop on the bag (I used a D ring but you could have a round one or a leather loop or whatever), with the back of the strap (orange side here) facing you and the front (blue) facing the bag.

Pull the unattached end of the strap through the slider with front side facing you.

Finally, pull the unattached end through your other loop and attach like you did with the first one. And that's it. You're done!

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scribbled by Carina 1/21/2009 11:44:00 AM


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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bird bag

Weee, I can finally show you this bag I made for my sister for Christmas. It was intended as a bag for her school books, but apparently, she has way too many books! So it will have to hold her lunch instead!

The fabric, both inside and out, is from IKEA. Don't you just LOVE it? I know I do! My sister should too, it has birds on it and she loves birds. Like in an almost disturbingly fashion! ;-)

The inside. Of course I had to line up the fabric to get maximum birdage in there. Those birds really are terribly cute, don't you think!?

Two little pockets for little things.

The strap. With a slider. Which seemed difficult at first, but once you figure it out, it totally makes sense! Although, to help myself remember how to do it for next time (when I finally make a bag for ME), I've taken some step by step pictures and I'm going to write a tutorial for it very soon.

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scribbled by Carina 12/31/2008 07:06:00 PM


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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Bag for my camera

My poor camera is pretty scratched on the outside because I didn't have a bag for it. I do now! I had this brainwave the other day "oh, I'll make a drawstring bag from this blue felt I have here in front of me because I've used it for another project".

Obviously, I couldn't stick to that simple idea! Duh! So instead I made this today. Two different fabrics on the outside and felt lining. Handmade 'string' as well. Why would you make it simple when you can make it with at least four extra steps? ;-)




PS - Please pop over to Nicky at HappySquirrel. She is super-nice has just started sewing AND blogging so go on get, say hi and welcome her to the blogosphere. :-)

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

I had pizza for dinner

Did I say yesterday that I was going to write a post for this blog? I did, didn't I? Yet another example of me overestimating how much I can get done in a given amount of time. I am not super-woman, after all. I did get the Feeling Stitchy post done (which ended up being mentioned on the Craft blog, if you don't mind me boasting a wee bit, he he) which is about Star Wars embroidery.

Well, these are the sewing projects I made yesterday. Two tote bags. I've never made a tote bag before, and I think I made the straps too long. But that is fairly easily solved and other than this I'm pretty happy with them.

The blue one is made from a tea towel from Windsor Castle. My friend worked there last year and gave it to me. It's been in my stash for a while; I knew I wanted to make something with it - and not merely wipe dishes - I just didn't know what.

The red and green one is also a tea towel, but from IKEA. It is extra special because it has a pocket! I don't know why, but I really like making pockets.

Close up of the Castle tote. I love blue and white together.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Thrifted tablecloth bag

Or the "oh my god I can't f****** believe I made this and I was there" bag. But I did make it, and I'm so bloody proud of myself. It took several sketches to sort out in my head how to put this baby together. And then, hours and hours of cutting and ironing on stabiliser and pinning and sewing.

But now it's done and I'm soooo happy! It is a tablecloth I bought in a charity shop in Denmark ages ago. All this time it has been sitting in a drawer with no specific purpose in mind. But then a little while ago I suddenly thought "hey, that tablecloth is pretty thick fabric, I'll make it into a carry-on bag". It is bound to be lighter than the trolley cases we normally use as carry-on, which means I can stuff more in it. Which is very good, especially if you're travelling only with carry-on. But more about that in a wee while.

And this is what I needed that long zipper for that I mentioned a little while ago. I found a solution and it seems to be working perfectly. So far anyway. I need to test the bag with proper weight in it. A blanket and a cushion don't weigh 10 kilos!

My main worry is that the lining and the outside are only attached to each other at the zipper. I would like to sew the two layers together, but it's probably going to be a nightmare putting that through the sewing machine. A hand job, methinks. Unless you can tell me a nifty way of doing it that doesn't involve dismantling the bag. 'Coz that ain't gonna happen.

The lining fabric is from IKEA. Last year, perhaps? Or the year before. Actually, I think it was. Nice happy colours and they go well with the tablecloth. Oh and in this picture you can see the cushion inside the bag. How lovely. :-)

I would like to say that there's a tutorial coming for this. But I can't, because there isn't. Too much thinking about how to make it in the process, so no brain power left to think about taking pictures. However, it is not impossible that I'll make a smaller version of this at some point, and then a tutorial might pop up. We shall see. Right now I'm quite happy to just pat myself on the back over a job well done.

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scribbled by Carina 7/02/2008 07:09:00 PM


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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Mushrooms and penguins

A little while ago I had the idea to make a mushroom stamp and the other day I thought it might be fun to use it on some kraft paper for wrapping paper. So I made some today. Pretty cute if I do say so myself. :-)

The tag is cut from one of the Christmas cards we got last year. A nice bit of recycling, I think. Of course you have to remember to save the cards and remember where you put them. And I like the randomness of these tags. You've just got to make it work with the paper and ribbon you've got.

I don't get a lot of actual crafting done lately - I blame the lack of daylight! But I did manage to make this little pouch. I'm taking it on the flight for all those little things... Like my passport and purse. I hate having to leave them in my carry-on bag during the flight. But this pouch is so small that I can hide it next to me in the seat. We usually get the wing seats (because those have more leg-room and Tony's got long legs, ya know) and you're not allowed to keep your handbag with you.

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scribbled by Carina 12/11/2007 06:40:00 PM


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Friday, November 09, 2007

Big and stripy

I made a bag (actually two bags). It's big, muy big! It is intended as a shopping bag, but of course can used for anything that requires a big (muy big) bag. It has handles (which is very handy) and a shoulder strap (which is also very handy). The stripy fabric I bought in Denmark and the blue fabric is from the local IKEA. Don't they just go together amazingly? The bag is also reversible and has a lovely blue print with branches on the inside. It They will be in the shop soon. Whatever soon may be, I'm not quite sure how to define that yet..?

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

And now I think I need a nap

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Seasons linen pouch

Well, well, well! I'm quite amazed with myself that I actually managed to get this done already. Sometimes my own projects sort of just end up in a drawer somewhat forgotten. But not this one! Partly because I REALLY wanted to make something with this embroidery and partly because I actually needed a wee pouch like this!

It's just the right size for the essentials when I go to the shops: money/credit cards, phone and keys. I think it might even be possible to fit in a little notepad and a pen - then I really have everything I need!

It is divided into two compartments to keep the mobile from getting scratched. The pink and the green fabrics are both from the scraps I got from Jenny yesterday, so that was perfect timing! :-)

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Bag, blue and pink should be in this title

I made a bag for my friend's birthday. I really like it; I hope she does too! But I suspect she will. It is quite big, but I figured, as a mother of a one-year old, she probably needs to carry a few bits and bobs around with her! Bag prettily modelled here by our lovely bedroom door!

On some blog (I can't remember which one) I saw someone using interfacing in fabric handles - so logical, yet I've not thought of it before! Worked wonders for the stiffness of the handle. I've also used it on the actual bag, much less floppiness!

The stripe-y/flowery fabric is from a thrifted duvet cover, which I really love. And the checked one is something my mum got from my aunt and gave to me and I wasn't sure I'd ever use it, but it was just the perfect buddy for the flowery fabric!

I ended up taking back the blouse and exchanged it for a bag instead. That bag has a pocket which was done rather cleverly, I thought, so I copied how the corner was made on this bag. A great improvement, makes the pocket less floppy too!

This is the back; I like patchwork, did you know?

And I've been fiddling around with some new labels. Still a work in progress, I think, but it's getting closer to what I want. I think. It's not easy making what you want, if indeed you don't know what you want, eh?!

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