Thursday, July 25, 2019

Random Notions - Sharing a couple of my favorite sewing videos

Wow, it's hard for me to start without complaining about the heat.  

It's hot, ok, and I feel like doing next to nothing!

Whew, got that out of my system!  Actually, I did get some travel size pillowcases made in the (HOT - sorry) sewing room.

A couple of Cowboys themed cases~
And a Seahawks and Packers pair~
These travel sizes are really cute and fast to make up.  Super easy, which brings me to something I want to disclose~

Believe it or not, the pillowcases I make are not of my original design or pattern. (well, duh)  I went on YouTube and searched for a pillowcase tutorial. There are a LOT.  In fact, I wonder if you could actually possibly trace back to where the first ones came from.  The one I like best came from one of my favorite YouTube channels, Missouri Star Quilt Company with Jenny Doan.  It is a super easy way to make the pillowcase by creating a tube first - literally only 3 long seams to sew.  You can find the video here: Easy Tube Pillowcase.  Not only is this a great way to sew a pillowcase, it is a super easy project if you are just learning how to sew.

Many of the best sewing tutorials are on the Missouri Star Quilt Company channel, including one I made myself a bag from, the Tumbler Bag~

I got the 5" charm pack from, interestingly enough, the Missouri Star Quilt Company about 3 years ago when it was a Daily Deal. (it's called Dragonfly Dance or something like that - I love dragonflies, oh, and dragons for that matter, but not flies! 😜) When I saw this tutorial, I knew I needed to use that charm pack for it, but then realized I would need extra yardage for the band, strap, interior lining, and pockets.  I went back to MSQC, but they were sold out - I had to search online for another fabric retailer to get what I needed! That took me a couple of weeks, then I got the front and backs put together, and then I had to move at the end of 2016.  

Everything got packed up and while I was in my new home by Christmas 2016, I did not get everything unpacked for a long time.  In fact, I did not get this bag finished until about 4 months ago. I also have the beginnings of a wall hanging that needs finishing - it is the picture you see on my top header of the quilt squares that I hope to have finished soon and put up for sale in my Etsy shop, and it is much prettier when the colors of the picture have not been toned down. Sorry, I get easily distracted...

Anyway, I finished the bag and I love it - I get so many compliments on it.  I made the strap super long so I could put it cross body, and just knot the top when I use it on my shoulder. The huge button for the closure came from Joann's a few years ago, but I am pretty sure they still sell them.  I bought this one and one in every color available at the time, because buttons were half off and I knew that someday I would use them. Yay for me thinking ahead and it working out! 😀 

I used some strong interfacing on this bag so it's great as a book bag because it is so big.  I am going to do this bag again, but will make it a bit smaller, because using it on a daily basis with my regular purse "stuff" in it, things do get a little lost at the bottom. But - it is an awesome design and if you like to sew your own bags, I say go for it! You wouldn't have to use the tumbler patchwork design, just cut out the shape of the bag.

Ok, well, it's still hot, but I am at my daughter's house where the AC runs well so I will leave you with how I am feeling~

Flash, enjoying life
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