Category Archives: Bags

Set the Bag Exterior Aside

Set the bag exterior aside.

Sewing Circle Tote made by Sew Maris

Such an innocuous little statement in Elizabeth’s Sewing Circle Tote instructions.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FREAKIN’ IDEA HOW HARD IT WAS TO GET THIS BAG TO THIS POINT?!?!?!

Sewing Circle Tote made by Sew Maris

OMG. Thank goodness my Bernina 710 can handle stitching through nearly a half inch of cotton canvas, webbing, denim, layers of cotton fabrics, and ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable to wrestle this bag into submission. I feel like I had a gym workout this morning.

Sewing Circle Tote made by Sew Maris

I don’t know if I am going to feel like this bag was worth the effort. I am not even sure why I got excited about making it. And for sure I think my version of patchwork pockets suck. But then, we all know quilting is not my forte, amiright?

I can’t even remember how many hours it took me to cut out all the various pieces, but pretty sure it occupied the better part of 2 evenings. Hint # 1—any sewing project that takes days to cut out is not likely to provide sufficient enjoyment:effort ratio.

Sigh. Hint # 2—any sewing project that produces shouting and swearing is not likely to provide sufficient enjoyment:effort ratio. Sorry.

But now that I have this much into it I am going to finished the g.d. thing and see if I even like using it. Assuming I do find a use for it. My original thought was to use it to haul stuff to my sewing retreats. We’ll see.

Are you sewing on something enjoyable today? Do share! 🙂 Or send dark chocolate STAT!

Happy sewing,

Maris

Bionic Gear Bag V1

If you haven’t gotten on the Bionic Gear Bag crazy train, you might just be living under a sewing rock.

Winner of the Craftsy.com “Best Sewing” Pattern Design Contest for 2014, this handy sewing accessory was designed by Ripstitcher, who goes by Sally Thompson in her non-sewing life.

Bionic Gear Bag by Sew Maris

Above is my first version of the BGB, and wow-eeeee do I love this bag. So.Darn.Useful. And I ask you, what good is a bag if it is not useful??? My plan is to use this when I travel to my many sewing retreats and “off-site” sewing adventures. Because we sewists love to travel with our gear, but sometimes it is a pain to collect everything we need. The Bionic Gear Bag solves this problem by providing a handy storage receptacle for duplicates of everything you need. Never unpack it, and your chances of arriving somewhere without an essential item are greatly reduced!

Bionic Gear Bag by Sew Maris

Partially packed up, you can see how much it will hold. I have plans to add even more supplies, specifically hand sewing needles and a thimble. And I will probably think of a few other goodies that need to live in this cutie-bag.

Bionic Gear Bag by Sew Maris

Pretty impressive, right? BTW, the prescription bottle is to hold discarded sharps. 😉

Bionic Gear Bag by Sew Maris

All zipped up, and yes, everything shown on the table in the image above really IS inside that little package. Crazy how much fits in it!

If you get as excited as I am about this bag, there are loads of fun resources to help you through the construction process. I won’t say it is hard; honestly, once the pieces are cut out and the interfacing is fused the hard work is over IMHO.

  1. Join the Facebook group, Sew Much Nicer Community. It is a closed group, so you do have to request to join, but just ask and ye shall receive.
  2. Check out MIchelle Wooten’s Bionic Gear Bag Sew-Along videos. Nice work, Michelle!
  3. Buy the Bionic Gear Bag pattern from Craftsy.com.

Be sure to post a picture of your completed bag! Share the BGB fun!

Happy sewing!

Maris

 

 

 

It’s a Teaser

Well, I am just pleased as punch about having my cute little drawstring backpack design featured on Sew, Mama, Sew today! Sew.Darn.Fun!

Drawstring backpack by Sew Maris

Even on a simple project like this, there is plenty for a confident beginner to learn. I am pretty sure the way I show you how to sew on a button might be new-to-you, and you can also think about different seam finishing techniques and the right kind of needle for your sewing project. Definitely jump over to Sew, Mama, Sew so you can get all the deets on how to make this cute and easy pocket drawstring bag for yourself. Thanks Kristin and Beth!!

If you like this project, you might also have a little girl in your life that would be thrilled to have a new reversible skirt in her closet. If you like to sew for “bigger” girls, I hope some of the dresses, coats, or tops I have made will inspire you to spend a little more time at your sewing machine. Because for me, that’s what it is all about. Let’s just get EVERYONE sewing, and loving sewing! It might not be world peace, but it would definitely increase the happiness factor on the planet.

Happy sewing!

Maris