Saturday, June 25, 2011

"Elvis Lives!" - Messenger Bag

My niece loves Elvis!  I came across remanents of three different Elvis fabrics and wanted to make something for my niece with them.  I think the messenger bag style suits her very well and the two fabrics used in this bag go together nicely - the third one is not quite the right tones.  I'm anxious to see if she likes it - when she returns from a trip she is on - next week. 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A couple of bags to Georgia

I made these two for one of my daughter's college friends - so, come tomorrow, they will be in the mail on the way to Georgia - hope you like them HS!

I really liked the fabric in the "fat quarter" bundle I used in the first bag - kind of proud of the extras - zipper top that is also stitched into place on the ends.  I made a fabric covered button to accent the handle.  The quilting on the body pieces is flowers....

The canvas bag (two pics below) is reversible.   I started with a pattern, but emprevised along the way - consequently there are a couple of things I would do differently next time, but over all I like the outcome.   I would change the straps - merge them into one instead of two, and I would adjust the pockets - when I placed them on the bag pieces, I didn't figure in the bottom of the bag so the pockets wrap around the bottom of the bag.  Just a hidden compartment, right?


For the Munchkins!

The white denim was made for the granddaughter, the three blue denim for the three nieces (twins and a little sis).

I took a flyer on a disc of "disney" designs on ebay.  I have been hesitant on buying them up until now because I wasn't sure about copyright or quality since these were coming from out of country and they were offering so much for so little (over 5000 designs for just under $50) - but how can you confirm copyright?  The designs are marked as you would expect and the terms of use are for personal only (specifically states not for resale or for use on commercial items to be sold for profit).  So as far as copyright, I think I've checked as closely as I can.  So the only other issue is quality - for this price, I can take the chance.  

To get to the point, the designs on the blue denim jackets are all from this disc.  Quality is OK - what I buy from is better - this certainly won't replace this and other sources where I get high quality designs, but it's great for this type of embellishments.As an example - when you look closer at these three - on the Jesse and the Ariel designs, I stiched most areas twice to increase the stitch density - otherwise too much of the dark denim shows through.  The Spiderman, on the other hand, was actually quite good - that is probably at least partly due to having reduced the size of the design to fit in the space between the seams on the jacket back. My machine will reduce the size up to 20% - but that doesn't adjust the stitch count - so you get the same amount of stitches in a tighter area - equal more density....