It’s time to announce the winners of last week’s giveaway! I used a List Randomizer on Random.org to pick the winners. I typed in all your names, pressed “go” and it randomly sorted your names, with the first two names being:
2. Sewing with Scoobys
I did the same for my two pattern names and came up with this:
1. Simplicity 9224
2. McCalls 4106
So that means UtaC won Simplicity 9224.
Sewing with Scoobys won McCalls 4106.
Ladies please email your mailing address to me at imadeit362436 (at) gmail (dot) com. And thank you all for playing along with me!
Now for some more exciting news (for me only, I suppose)!! It’s karma, it’s zen, it’s fate…. PatternReview’s newest contest for November is “The Handbag Contest”. MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE THING TO POSSESS… HANDBAGS!
Oh, November sewing is so much fun! My love of handbags, purses, etc. is so well-known that the ladies at my office make sure I am on their left, and the handbag store on their right, when we walk through the Mall – just to keep me on a straight path and out of trouble!
I have never made myself a handbag before but my inspiration was my sister, who downloaded the PDF pattern for this tote, sewed it up and gifted it to me! Sorry I don’t know the name or maker of the pattern, but if she reads this, maybe she will let us know?
I downloaded my free PDF sewing pattern for The Sling Bag from Sewing Patterns by Mrs H. I gathered together my materials. My leftover cherub tapestry fabric for the outer layer of the bag and my purchased blue and gold cotton for the inner lining. I could use my blue cloth straps leftover from another project. I thought of using my embroidery patch given to me by Sewing with Scoobys as a front pocket, but since it is a “slouchy” bag I figured it wouldn’t be showed off at its best. (I still have “sewing up a pair of jeans” on my “sewing to do” list so I could use my embroidery patch then!)
I purchased all the rings, buckles, zippers, and a magnetic snap that were required and then I remembered that I had cut off the rings, buckles, and zippers from an old worn out purse that I threw out a while ago. Might as well use those first!
Following Mrs. H’s easy instructions for the zipper pocket, I marked and sewed together the right side of my inner lining and the right side of my pocket lining.
I cut on the marked centre lines of my zipper pocket opening and pulled my pocket lining through the hole.
I pressed it and pinned it.
Then I pinned in my zipper underneath the hole and sewed it with my blind hem foot (remembering to put my sewing needle to the left) and stopping and moving my zipper pull out of the way, when needed! Next I sewed the zipper pocket itself together on all three sides.
TA DA!! I enjoyed doing that so much I made another zipper pocket for the other side of my purse!
Next, attaching the magnetic snap to the inner lining. Now one hint. It is suggested by the manufacturer to put a small circle of cardboard on the prong side of the magnetic snap. Mrs. H suggests using a small circle of interfacing. I used the cardboard, but after thinking about it, next time I will cut a small circle of thin plastic from the recyclable milk jugs we have. Then there won’t be any cardboard to fall apart in the wash!
Now this is better explained by Mrs. H with her instructions and photos, but you sew the two inner lining pieces together on the three sides BUT leave an opening at the bottom (a turning gap).
Same for the two outer layers, but no turning gap. Turn your outer bag right side out. At this point I ironed it and topstitched it and attached the strap tabs. (I just love how the bottom corners of the bag turned out!)
Turn your lining bag wrong side out and put your outer bag (right side out) in your lining bag and sew them together around the top opening. After that pull your outer bag through the turning hole in the bottom of your lining bag. When it is all pulled through you will have the funniest looking thing you could possibly have, but I am sure you can figure it out from there!
Ok, just kidding, push the lining inside your outer bag, topstitch the bag opening, hand sew up the turning hole in the bottom of the lining bag, attach your straps and you are done! Here’s the inside of my bag.
Here’s the outside of my bag.
I am very happy with my new bag, which I made with things I had at home! It only cost me the price of a magnetic snap and some cotton! I am also especially happy with the free PDF sewing pattern from Mrs. H! (Note: no one has paid me to say this!)
Since I love handbags so much, I think I am going to keep my eyes open for some faux leather and some leather sewing machine needles and another handbag pattern … after all, I do have some rings, buckles, and zippers sitting around doing nothing!
P.S. I have the other site for Mrs. H’s patterns here.