Eyeball Bags

Hi Everyone!

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I made these bags at the start of this week, one for myself and one for my sister! I used a tutorial I found at craftster, which I've used before for a bag similar, and I just love it!

I used this AWESOME eyeball fabric that was gifted to me from my Captain + Craft Wife - Thera Joyce! I used the fabric for the fronts of the bags, and just black drill for the backs and the strap and the zipper panel.

For the bag lining I used this hilarious animal-print fabric I salvaged from a ladies two piece I got from the op-shop! I also made a zippered pocket inside the bag and lined that with batman flannelette from a pair of boy's pj pants ((also from Lifeline)).

I put more pics of these bags on my blog, as well as links to the tutorials I used.

Flea Market Find

Over the long weekend I went to the local swap meet and found this fabulous purse for next to nothing. 

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It appears to be real leather and is either unused or close to it. The label reads Shaneen Huxham New York. Here's the back:

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I also found some lavender cats-eye sunglasses for $3 and some inexpensive cuts of home decorator fabric - a 1 yard piece of ivory cotton damask slated to be a purse, and a narrow but long, long scrap of striped silk that could be a really cute vest.


Laborday weekend book bag!

So while many were out at BBQs and pool parties, I had a sewing party for myself. Since school has started I made this here, very handsome book bag. Its actually for my sewing class, so I included special pockets for my rulers. This is the 1st book bag I've ever made! Might I add, its self drafted. For more pictures check out my Blog. Sewbagfrnt

Thanks Jason...

This is a messenger bag that I made from an old army jacket that I got from a thrift store a while back. The name Jason was written on the tag.  So far, this has been the most useful piece of equipment that I've made--but that should come as no surprise! 


I guess you could say I got my inspiration from a book that we got from the library a while back, but (sorry!) I forgot the name.  The bag in the book was just a tote though, which I knew wouldn't be as functional for me, so with a lot of planning and measuring and some things off one of my sister's old ballet bags, this is what I made.  A friend even wanted to know where I got it!

Texture magic is so fun!

I made another little purse using autumn leaves fabric and more texture magic. This time I put in an inner zippered pocket as well as two non-zippered pockets. I also made it a little larger than my last one since I always have a bunch of essentials to stuff into a purse! IMG_3504


This shows the pockets without zippers.


And the one with the zipper.

I am ready for fall!

Teacher tote

It is so hot in Tucson right now that I barely have enough energy to sew. But I made myself get busy and the result is this tote I made for a retired teacher friend who does lots of substituting. I do some myself and know how vital it is to take along my emergency lesson plans and a few odds and ends in case the teacher's plans don't stretch far enough.IMG_3477

I bought the mola I used for the front of the bag at a yard sale in northern California while on vacation last month. The straps and back of the bag are leftover from a skirt I made last spring.


The inside of the bag has a zippered pocket to hold small things. This Calcutta cloth was also purchased at a yard sale for cheap--when I got it in better light I discovered most of it was discolored, but I managed to salvage enough that wasn't to use in this tote.

Vintage doily upcycled clutch bag

This is a really easy clutch bag refashion, but effective I think? A 50c clutch bag, coupled with doily's and sparkly embellishment from a pair of shoes:

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I hand stitched the embellishment and doilys with invisible thread.

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DSC03590 (Medium) I am pleased with the end result, the doilys give a vintage feel to the clutch bag. Also featured on my blog Recycled Fashion