Archive for the 'Purses' Category

Beach Fun

Summer officially began last week and next week is the 4th of July, which I always thought meant that the summer was half over.  Now isn’t that confusing?  Anyway, it’s the time of the year when a lot of people hit the beach.  Here in NE Ohio we have Lake Erie close by, but who knows what is swimming in there.  Anyway, I digress.

I thought today I would feature some of the beach bags I make with embroidered mesh inserts.  These bags came out of my head as usual a few years ago and I have made them in various sizes and shapes.  The fabric used in this set are made from fabric I “bought” from a friend at our recent yard sale.  Funny, she doesn’t even sew and had over 3 yards of this cute alligator print from Alexander Henry.

The center panel is stitched on a plastic mesh that I embroider on with my embroidery machine.  People are always amazed when they see me sewing on the mesh.  The colored mesh can be bought online at various websites.  If you want just black mesh you can go to your local hardware store and ask for Pet Mesh.  The black is cheaper than the colors.  Just remember the guy at the hardware store deals in feet, not yards.  I’ve been down that road before!

Enjoy your beach time!

Still See Pink!

Well, I guess pink wool is contagous.  This is a continuation of using up the pink wool that I wrote about before.  Talk about a bargain from a yard sale!  I think I have gotten 7 or 8 items out if this piece of fabric.  Thank you Mary Huey!  The fabric is now completely and I do mean completely gone, so one to a new use it up quest!  Enjoy the lastest “pink” additions!

Seeing Pink!

I’ve been having “pink” eye lately.  That’s pink boiled wool, not the contagious kind.  I purchased a piece of pink boiled wool at a fabric yard sale this summer and it has so far been made into 3 purses.  There is still a little left, so I’ll see it for a little while longer.  The wonderful qualities of boiled wool is that it does not ravel when you cut it.  You can use it raw edged or do a decorative finish and not have to worry about lots of strings.  I’ve been pairing it with some faux leather/suede type fabric and it makes a nice mix of soft and hard contrast.  Check it out!


The “Scrap Bag” Project

The winter continues and I’m about to go crazy!  It’s 60 degrees on St. Patrick’s Day and a week later there is a foot of snow outside!  But alas, I carry on with my fabric diet and using things in my stash.  I’ve actually been doing pretty good.  I have completed over a dozen bags and another dozen little zippy bags.  Check out the purse page for the “Orange Collection”.

The good thing is after finishing a quilt project I did a smart thing….I put all the pieces and parts with coordinating fabric all in a Ziplock bag.  The bad part is I found the drawer that they have all been hiding in.  Thus started the “scrap bag project”  OMG!  One thing led to another.  One scrap led to another scrap and another.  I’m happy to say I killed all the orange scraps, but must confess that I did buy a small piece of fabric to make the handle.  There was nothing left to make it without it really looking like I sewed scraps together.  Here’s a few samples from the ” the scrap bag project”.