TSNEM: Sewing Date Traveler

I had intentions to try something else this month, but alas February is a short month and it is sort of flying out from under me like the Concorde. I started this bag at the beginning of the month and I realized that I wasn’t going to finish it if I didn’t have some sort of higher goal. Therefore, I introduce to you my Try Something New Every Month for February.

Sewing date traveler. TSNEM February

This bag is a free pattern from the Robert Kaufman website called the Sewing Date Traveler bag. I saw it on instagram and I’ve been looking for a different bag to carry my supplies in when I take my sewing from place to place. I thought this bag would fit the bill perfectly. And it does – sort of.

The fabric consists of a few favorites that I’ve had stashed for a while. The campers is a Birch fabric that is at least 3 years old. I bought it with the intention of making something for my husband with and finally realized that I had no clue what to make with it for him so I decided to be selfish and use it for myself. The hexagons I bought on a trip to Textile Fabrics and was just a happy yard I picked up. I had thought about making a tank top with it for the summer and I’m sort of weeping a bit that I didn’t buy more yardage. It has a lovely feel to it and honestly would have made a great shirt.

Sewing date traveler. TSNEM February

This pattern started out pretty well. My biggest issue from the beginning was that I chose the wrong sort of zipper. I had a zipper in my stash and honestly was trying to make this bag without having to go buy supplies so I used it. I realized pretty early on that I was going to have to make some modifications. I think my zipper was a jacket zipper (the tag was missing) and so it didn’t have any sort of tail on the zipper stop end. Big mistake. In the end though, I figured out how to make it work.

Sewing date traveler. TSNEM February

Overall, putting the bag together was actually pretty smooth. I’ve never made a bag with an insert like the zipper pocket in the middle and honestly this is by far the most complicated bag I’ve ever made. There was really only one spot at the end where I was really confused with why the directions said to do something. They had you preattached the lining and honestly, either I read it wrong or something but I don’t know why you would do that if you are going to enclose the whole top edge with binding anyhow. But again, I made it work.

Sewing date traveler. TSNEM February

In the end, I do love how it turned out and I do think a lot of it is due to how much I love the fabric. It’s a little wonky on the inside, partly because I’m thinking the hexagon fabric was almost too thin for this purpose and partly because of just general sewing hiccups. I’m happy I tried something new and finished it. And I’m happy to have a new bag to carry. I’m on the fence with whether I would try this bag again, but part of me wants to just to see if I can fix some of my mistakes. We shall see. I’m betting my mom is going to want one. 🙂

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TSNEM: January Quilting

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The theme for this month’s Try Something New Every Month was quilting. First off, I have to say that I’ve long declared quilting to be the one sewing thing I don’t touch until I have an empty nest. Something about it just always seemed so crazy overwhelming. Piles of fabric, cutting, measuring and those huge quilts that you would have to lay out all over the floor. Not something I wanted to attempt with kids underfoot – no matter how big or small they were.

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Enter paper piecing and mini quilts. I did my first mini quilt swap last Fall and had so much fun with it. It wasn’t perfect, but I love how it stretched me creatively as I tried to combine a new skill with one that I truly love – aka embroidery.

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I happened upon a quilter that I love named Elizabeth Hartman last year too and her work has just convinced me that I can do this quilting thing on a small scale and get my feet wet before I ever launch into it large scale (as in – making that queen size quilt for our bed that I’m longing to make).

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One of my goals this year is to start figuring out how to combine this new found skill with embroidery. I would love to work more with adding my embroidery to mini quilts versus hoops and also adding more paper piecing ideas to my hoops. First up, this quilt square – well actually it’s a rectangle.

Not all who wander. Quilted embroidered wall hanging

I gathered up a bunch of Cotton and Steel and Heather Ross and some other fabrics I had lying around that reminded me of the outdoors. For some reason I had the quote “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” stuck in my head and just knew that this was the one I was going for first.

Not all who wander. Quilted embroidered wall hanging

It’s not perfect and I’m still working on my hand binding skills – but I’m so super proud of myself. I am proud of myself for taking that step to try something new and different. I hope you like it too! And if you really love it, it’s for sale in my shop! 🙂

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TSNEM: Try Something New Every Month

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There’s this great little craft along happening in 2016. I read about this late, late this year and loved the idea of stretching myself creatively. I do feel like that I’ve been stuck in this creative runt with so many new things I need to learn (screenprinting for one) and so many that I want to learn (hello: weaving!).  I’m excited to push myself with this in 2016.

There are more details over at Rebecca’s blog and even a Facebook group to join, but here’s the rundown of the list of categories for each month. Will you join me?

January – Quilting
February– Tactile Craft; paper mache, clay, soap, candlemaking
March– Painting
April– Edible Crafts
May – Hand Sewing
June– Heavy Craft; leather, wood burning, glass etching
July– Yarn Craft; knitting, crochet, weaving
August– Printmaking; fabric or paper
September – Machine Sewing
October– Needlework; embroidery, cross-stitch, crewel, needlepoint
November– Papercraft; origami, scrapbook, calligraphy
December– Choose your own!

 

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