S'more House

Let Me Sew You Something Sweet

Bags

The Dash About Cross Body Bag

BagsJane YounComment

 

Phew! Things have been BUSY. I've got a shop update coming tomorrow if I can get my butt in gear, I've been doing oodles of custom orders, I've got a new straight-stitch machine to break in, and I've been testing up a storm! And speaking of testing, here's a new pattern I can finally share! The Dash About Cross Body Bag by Emkie Designs!

I absolutely love the slim profile and shoulder strap of this cross body! The pattern comes in two sizes, small and large. The large is perfect for someone like me who WANTS a small bag but also doesn't want to give up anything (I myself have a giant wallet, four lipsticks, phone...two pairs of sunglasses...etc).

The sew up was a breeze! The instructions were clear and concise, which is always welcome in a pattern. The Dash About features a front pocket with tab closure, zip pockets on the inside and back, and an adjustable strap! Emma also gives instructions for right or left handed strap placement. 

Before this bag, I hadn't done too many Emkie Designs patterns yet but had been drooling over all the beautiful Hippo Hobo pictures I see everywhere on Instagram. The Dash About is just as beautiful and the perfect gateway drug to get me started on more of her lovely designs! 

Pattern available on both Etsy and Craftsy!

The Carry All Flexi Clutch by Two Pretty Poppets

BagsJane YounComment

UPDATE August 2, 2016:

It's August and this beautiful clutch and all of its variations will be available as a wide release on Friday, August 5th! To celebrate the launch, Two Pretty Poppets is offering a special price throughout the weekend! Grab it up, it's soo worth it. There are four different pocket styles offering endless combinations!

----------------------------------------

I may have mentioned before that I became a tester for Lisa over at Two Pretty Poppets. I'm so excited that one of my earlier tests can finally be revealed! The Carry All Flexi Clutch was so much fun that I did it two ways! And that's only two out of like a billion combinations! This clutch has four different choices for the outer pocket: straight, curved, skewed, or slanted. And depending on what fabrics you use you get completely different effects! It's so completely versatile!

 Carry All Flexi Clutch pattern by Two Pretty Poppets. Fabric by Cotton and Steel and Joann Fabrics.

Carry All Flexi Clutch pattern by Two Pretty Poppets. Fabric by Cotton and Steel and Joann Fabrics.

By using all quilting fabrics you can get a cute little clutch for a day out and about! I like the retro look that the skewed pocket lends itself to. I kind of want to get some cool vinyl or leather and try this version like that as well.

This version uses a stretchy mesh for the outside pocket. I'm already using this as a makeup bag. It's the perfect size to hold all of my ridiculous eye shadow palletes inside and I can tuck all my brushes in the outer pocket! And of course there's another pocket on the inside for smaller items!

This pattern is super flexible when it comes to skill level too! Do you suffer from zipper impatience? There's magnetic snap closure directions! Don't want to fuss with piping? Don't! I didn't for my first one. I know I seem to have a Two Pretty Poppets addiction, but with patterns like this that are so versatile and have so many combinations for so many different uses, it's really easy to!

The Two Pretty Poppets Carry All Flexi Clutch pattern will be exclusively available for Club Clobird members until August when it will be available for wide release at Two Pretty Poppets, Craftsy and Etsy!

 

Feature Me Everyday Tote

BagsJane YounComment

Minor and easily guessable confession time: I've got a pretty massive fabric hoard. And there are fabrics in my hoard that for one reason or another I just unconsciously decided were off limits. Maybe the repeat is a little too cool, or large, or the colors are too amazing, or I only have a remnant so I must ration that fabric. It's probably irrational. But it's special fabric that must wait for the perfect project.

That's how I felt about the weird space-age pinup girl fabric in my stash. It's a larger scale print and it blends sassy retro style and sci-fi which is definitely up my alley. I even remember the day I bought it in a little quilt shop in Clearwater, FL. In 2006. Yes. Ten years ago. My half-yard didn't even have a readable selvage. But I loved it and have been saving it. I never thought about reverse image searching for it, or even asking around if anyone knew what it was, until testing time came around again for two pretty poppets

Lisa dreamed up the Feature Me Everyday tote and everyone in the testing group was sharing their amazing bags. I had figured I would do up some Tula Pink or Libs Elliot's new True Love collection when it hit me: my space girls. And I knew they were perfect! One of the girls in the testing group even ID'd them for me: Alexander Henry Futurella. Long out of print, but I have no regrets. My long and drawn out point is that this bag is PERFECT for those special statement fabrics that have been hiding away in my hoard.

The bag itself is a fun and quick sew up: it features a zippered inner pocket, magnetic snap closure and perfect tote-length shoulder strap. The outside is pieced together which gives tons of options for fabric customization. The center panel is the perfect place to let a special print shine! There are two sizes to choose from: Coffee Date and Shopaholic. Pictured here is the Coffee Date, which is the perfect size for all the essentials! I could probably also get a knitting project in there.

I guess the moral of the story is to not be afraid to use your stashed fabrics when the best project comes along! I'm so happy with how this Feature Me Everyday turned out, and I have plans to make a bunch more with other treasured fabrics. The pattern will be available on two pretty poppets website next week!

Shop Now Open!

Store News, Blahblah, BagsJane YounComment
 Maisie Bowler Bags. Pattern by Swoon.

Maisie Bowler Bags. Pattern by Swoon.

Well it took longer than anticipated to get all my ducks in a row (and it turns out I have a lot of ducks) but it's the first day of summer and my shop is officially OPEN! Until now I've been taking custom orders through back channels but I think this will be a lot easier on everyone. Custom listings and premade bags are available through etsy. I have an Imgur album with available fabrics for easier fabric selection. There's more premade bags to come and more custom listings will be added as I price them! Hooray! Happy Summer!

The story so far: Every bag I've ever made (ok not quite)

BagsJane Youn2 Comments

So even though my background is in fashion design and I've sewn a LOT of garments, I had never really gotten into the whole make-your-own-bags scene until maybe six months ago.  My sister wanted me to use some of her prized Cotton and Steel fabric to make a bag that she had found on Robert Kaufman's site and I was like "Sure, it'll be totally easy" with basically no forethought at all. It probably could have been a disaster since bag making is a different animal than clothing but I plunged ahead. That bag was actually a success!

I was instantly hooked. I mean...who doesn't love bags to begin with? And I felt that pride at a job well done. (I call it a finish high). And it was FASTER than some other sewing projects I was doing. I needed more. To the internet I went! After some Craftsy searching, I happened upon the "Goin' Uptown Tote" pattern by Lisa Ratford from Two Pretty Poppets. I wanted it. It was more structured than my first bag, with more elements and hardware, but I used my same lack of forethought as before and cut into fabrics that had been in my stash for nearly 15 years. And....success! 

 Goin' Uptown Tote pattern by Lisa Ratford of Two Pretty Poppets. Fabric used is Cotton and Steel and an unknown jacquard from 2001.

Goin' Uptown Tote pattern by Lisa Ratford of Two Pretty Poppets. Fabric used is Cotton and Steel and an unknown jacquard from 2001.

And that was going to be it. I made two bags! I was happy with both of them! I could go back to all my regularly scheduled clothing sewing and pattern making and other crafty enterprises. That is, until Lisa herself found the Instagram post of my Goin Uptown and invited me to join her Facebook group. That's right, what happened next is Lisa's fault. I fell in love with more (ok, all) of her patterns. She also released the Stand Up and Tote Notice (easily my favorite tote bag) around this time. I've made close to a dozen. at this point. I even won her Tote Notice contest! As a prize, I received store credit at Handbag Hardware of Australia and Emmaline Bags of Canada (as well as a free pattern from Two Pretty Poppets). Those prizes fueled my bag making addiction further. I fell in love with handbag hardware, I trawled through blogs looking for the best interfacing options for different materials, I actually USED my Teflon foot and leather needles that had been sitting in storage since I bought my machine. I was hooked.

 The Stand Up & Tote Notice pattern by Lisa Ratford of Two Pretty Poppets in sparkle vinyl. Constellation fabric by Timeless Treasures.

The Stand Up & Tote Notice pattern by Lisa Ratford of Two Pretty Poppets in sparkle vinyl. Constellation fabric by Timeless Treasures.

On occasion, Lisa puts out a call for new pattern testers. The last round, I shot off an email expressing interest and I was over the moon when she accepted my application! Her patterns are so well written and easy to understand. Who wouldn't want to be part of that process? So far I've done two pattern tests, one is still super secret (and you will love it when it comes out) but the second was just released last week: The Stand Up Clutch. It's the perfect compliment to the Stand Up and Tote Notice!  And it's size means I can use up all the little scraps from my other bag endeavors!

 Stand Up & Tote Notice (left) and the Stand Up Clutch are both patterns by Lisa Ratford of Two Pretty Poppets. Fabrics by Cotton and Steel and Alexander Henry

Stand Up & Tote Notice (left) and the Stand Up Clutch are both patterns by Lisa Ratford of Two Pretty Poppets. Fabrics by Cotton and Steel and Alexander Henry

So that's how I got addicted to bags! A favor was the gateway drug in this instance, but I'm so glad to be on this wild ride! I'm looking forward to many many many more bags made!