Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Love Letters Post Bag for Riley Blake Designs

Valentine's Day is in less than a month! Are you ready? I think I am. I made a Post Bag using Love Letters by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama for Riley Blake Designs. Lindsay designs the cutest retro style fabric out there and Love Letters doesn't disappoint! 

I have to say my most favorite print from this collection is the stripe and of course the retro bears! Lindsay combines ditsy florals with the cutest graphics. It goes perfectly with my vintage books and ephemera collection. I'm simply in love with Love Letters and you will be too!

Here is the Love Letters Post Bag:

The bag features a removable strap, two big front pockets, and a drawstring closure.



The backside of the bag has a clear pocket so you can store and see all your cute things!



I used leather and brass for the strap placement.

I love the postal envelope print and thought it would be perfect for the drawstring closure.

The inside of the bag is cute too and has one large pocket to store maybe stationary and ephemera, or Valentines!


Generous is size, the Love Letters Post Bag hold quite a bit!


Love Letters is available now, so check your local quilt/fabric shop or online! Happy early Valentines Day!

Karen

Monday, January 13, 2020

Pretty Basket Box - Flower Show Spring by Liberty Fabrics for Riley Blake Designs

Hello! Welcome back! Although I miss the holidays, I'm over the chaos. I think I'm ready for Spring now how about you? Well, if not, Flower Show Spring by Liberty Fabrics for Riley Blake Designs will make you want the season to arrive already! 

I'm currently giving my sewing room a refresh and I've been on the hunt for vintage, timeless pieces, specifically in storage form. I decided to add some handmades to my refresh of the room as well. I wanted to make something pretty that could hold my vintage linens and be passed down as an heirloom eventually, so I created a handmade, weaved basket, using Flower Show Spring. I hand cut and sewed each fabric strip and created a weaved pattern to resemble a basket. I added a vintage battenburg lace doily to the side to give it a vintage look.  I added structure to the body by incorporating a layer for pellon foam as well as plastic cross stitch canvas to make it really sturdy. I added leather handles to the side secured with rivets. I really love this make and hope to make more storage vessels for my sewing room.

Here is what I made:

Pretty Basket Box Front - Flower Show Spring by Liberty Fabrics





Side of the basket.

Back of the basket.

Inside of the basket - holds my vintage linens.

Inside of the basket








Flower Show Spring is arriving soon, so check your local quilt shop/fabric store or online.


Flower Show Spring by Liberty Fabrics for Riley Blake Designs

Thank you for stopping by. See you soon!


Karen

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Dreamworld Bag - Emily Winfield Martin for Riley Blake Designs

Eight more sleeps till Christmas friends! Which means eight more days of making handmade gifts in Karen/Santa's workshop. I've done double duty so far in making this Dream World Bag, a gift I hope a friend would love. Dream World by Emily Winfield Martin for Riley Blake Designs is beautiful, soft, and oh so dreamy. I've been a fan of Emily for a while when there was no Instagram and only her lovely blog. Years back, she use to make these cute dolls which I saw on the Martha Stewart show and I was drawn to her whimsical designs. I can say, that she inspired me on my sewing journey. I have since made my twins Dream Animal fans, as this was the first book I've read to them when they were tiny babies. 

When I first saw Dream World I was giddy. It is the softest, premium cotton, adorable prints, and uses gold metallic! I knew the exact materials I wanted to incorporate and gold was what on my mind. I used gold lame trims and gold thread. I'm not going to lie, it wasn't the easiest to sew with, but I like a challenge! I hope I did Emily's designs justice with my Dream World Bag!

Here's what I made:

Dream World Bag - Emily Winfield Martin for Riley Blake Designs



Close up details of thread and trims used.

Front Main Pocket






Optional  Removable Crossbody Strap


Materials used



Dream World is starting to arrive in stores, so check your favorite quilts/fabric shops or online.

Thanks!

Karen

Monday, December 16, 2019

On The Go Library Bag - Zakka from the Heart for Minki Kim

Hello friends! It's my stop on Minki's Zakka from the Heart Book blog tour. I'm so excited to share my project with you - On the go Library Bag. I made this version for my daughter's Christmas present (one of the many), so I adjusted the length of the handles to fit little hands. My daughter Rosalie is obsessed with those little surprise toys, so I thought this wold be a perfect vessel for her to store and carry her many little toys. 

This bag is perfect to make for Christmas gifts or for yourself. The project was fairly easy and is great for a beginner to an advanced sewer. Minki's directions are clear and clever as well. She never seizes to amaze me on her instructions and design. I will surely be making two more of these for my twin nieces birthday gifts too! 

Here is what I made:




Back of the bag:












Zakka from the Heart is out now so check your local bookstore or online.

Happy sewing!

Karen

Monday, December 9, 2019

Window Tote Bag - Pemberley for Riley Blake Designs

Hello! Today is my stop for Pemberley by Rachel of Citrus & Mint Designs for Riley Blake Designs. I am a huge Jane Austen fan, as I'm sure many of you are! This fabric is exquisite. The color pallette and designs are beautifully captured and make you feel like your in the Georgian era with Elizabeth and all her friends!

My window design for the tote bag was inspired by the house Pemberley. I wanted to create vignettes that make you feel you are looking into the house (or outside) and peeking into one of the grand balls thrown by Mr.Darcy. I hope this bag captured that for you while being functional as well! This bag will hold all my Jane Austen novels. Enjoy!

Here is what I made:


Window Tote Bag - Pemberley for Riley Blake Designs















I used Riley Blake Basics for the window trim. It paired pretty well with Pemberley.



Pemberley has started to arrive into stores, so check your local quilt/fabric stores or online.



Thanks for stopping by!

Karen