Friday, 1 July 2016

Makers Tote and That Time In Sydney When ...

In May this year I was lucky enough to attend the Perth Modern Quilt Guild's Mother's Day sew-in.

We have lots of talented people in our Guild, including Bev who is a master at bag-making ... Bev kindly agreed to run a Maker's Tote workshop for those of us that are 3D sewing challenged (pick me, pick me!).

Bev got us off to a great start but it took me a few more home sewing sessions here, and there ... I also had to buy a few vowels making and attaching the binding ... But I got there just in the nick of time for a special trip to Sydney that I had planned.

 I used Anna-Maria Horner's Fibs and Fables for the outside in two different colour-ways.

A cotton weight denim for the gussets and binding.

Kraftex for all the pockets bound in selvage from the front panels

and a mix of Fibs & Fables and Loominous for the interior and pocket linings.

The handles I made myself using some left-over denim from the binding and Kraftex.

So far so good with those handles ... although I can see a stress tear trying to happen in the single thickness section of the Kraftex near where I have attached the handles to the bag ... so I may need to redesign these ... thinking cap on.

Overall, despite the swearing, I did enjoy making this bag.  The swearing was due to using Kraftex for the inside pockets.  They made the bag stiff and therefore it was difficult so squish the bag through my machine to sew on the gussets and binding.  Not the pattern's fault.  Just my fault for pushing the limits in material choices.  But I'm glad I did persevere with the Kraftex.  I love the look and the pockets are nice and sturdy.  They will soften over time, with use ... they'll get lots of use ... because this is my new favourite bag.

So many happy memories with this bag already ... Oh the places we will go and the people we will meet!

Makers Tote meet "Jen Kingwell" and "Tula Pink" - squee!!  My friend Denise and I had the absolute pleasure of meeting these two cool cats at the recent Sydney Craft and Quilt fair

If I look stunned ... it's because I am!
Bought my first piece of Tula Pink fabric at the show and guess who signed it??
and of course the party hasn't started unless you've had a selfie with Sparkle!

My bag and I had a wonderful time in Sydney ... including meeting a lot of the peeps I communicate almost daily with on Instagram.  It was surreal to meet them in real life at the IG meet up kindly organised by Kristy from Quietplay, Keera from Live Love Sew and Molli Sparkles ... my head is still in a spin!

With so much talent in our own backyard ... you'd think I'd be inspired right?  But actually I feel like a rabbit caught in head-lights ... stunned ... unable to move.

I think I'll just sit here for a while ... ponder all that I have seen and experienced and hopefully my brain will start functioning again!


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  1. I love your bag! I'm not surprised the kraftex wasn't holding up singled. The lesson I learned making my first few bags is that they're really all about the interfacing. A single piece of fabric needs to be interfaced. Hell, if I have a single piece of vinyl I still usually interface that unless it's just decoration. If you like the kraftex look but want something stronger consider cork "leather."

    1. Thanks for those tips Shayna, I'm replying to you here as you are a no-reply blogger so hopefully you will see that I appreciate your advice! ... I think the twisting action that the handles have to go through is too much for the Kraftex so I will definitely re-assess, I like the idea of the Cork "leather" ... I'll start googling :)

  2. Great bag! I'm not a bag maker, so full of admiration for this, and it looks gorgeous. I hope your quilting paralysis wears off soon and you can start sewing again.

  3. What great fun you had! Love, love, love your bag with the AMH fabrics!

  4. Not only does it look good it looks super handy too - meeting Tula Pink!!!!! Fantastic.

  5. looks like a great time. Love the tote. I had seen the pattern but not realised it was so big. The show looks amazing.

    1. Hello! There are two sizes to this pattern ... I made the large one :)

  6. Great looking bag! I love that outer fabric choice.

  7. Look at that inset zipper with yellow trim! Well done!
    Bag-making is something I would love to improve. I should go to you for advice after this masterpiece.

  8. I love her patterns and this one is on my list as well! Looks very practical too. I already seen your pics on IG and I'm glad you had a great time!

  9. That is such a great tote!! All the right pockets and a great size and fabulous fabric choices! It's wonderful to see you had such a fun time at the Sydney Show!

  10. Your bag is beautiful! :)



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