Gemma©️ Bag Pattern Testers!

It’s been a busy few months for Lányos Handmade. Lots was accomplished. The Gemma© Bag was finished and released! It was great fun and now I am happy to share the Lányos Handmade Gemma© Bag Pattern with you, over at my new shop Lányos Handmade:

I want to introduce you to my wonderful team of Pattern Testers:

Anne @amcclure54 I met Anne on Instagram, Facebook and her blog. A meticulous tester, she was a real asset and a joy to talk to!

Anne cleverly made her Gemma Bag with a cheerful striped cotton. Even more cheerful was the polka dot lining for you polka dot lovers out there! Anne’s Gemma is just perfect for a sunny summer day!

Next we have Hélène @hportemanteau I know Hélène from Instagram. Hélène used an upholstery fabric from her stash. She took the extra steps with her Gemma and turned it into a backpack. I love it when someone takes my patterns to the next level – like these straps, or perhaps those rivets, or ? What do you want to do with your Gemma?

Now let’s look at Leah’s Gemma. @theladydeejay Leah used black twill, printed woven cotton and a lightweight denim for the lining. Leah and I spend our time chatting on Instagram and Facebook mostly. I’m just wild about Leah’s chicken print, and a bit envious that I have not found the same fabric through my usual suppliers yet! Leah took the opportunity to turn her slip pocket into a pen and notepaper holder.

I found Sarah on Instagram @sarahguthrie_stitches Sarah made her first Gemma Bag from a cotton print with blue cotton accents and her second with an elegant Cork fabric. I think I have seen this printed Cork fabric for sale on my supplier’s website. This print is a favourite of mine! Sarah told me she sees more Cork Gemma’s in her future. I can’t wait to see them!

So that’s the line up! Well along with the couple that I have posted about here and there!

What kind of fabric are you going to use for your Gemma?

Happy Sewing!

STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT? None, actually. I purchased two sheets of Cork fabric (1/4 yard each) and used 3/4 of it. The lining was scrap busting fabric. I still have 131.2 meters left in my fabric stash … and a pair of jeans to sew up!

Pure chaos!

It has been a busy few weeks!  I was being a whiny baby because our fridge was on the verge of dying.  We started by looking at about six different brands, about four finishes and about three different styles.  Ugh!  Can’t they just give me an exact replacement for the one I had and loved for fifteen years?  Then it was decided to get a matching stove too.  Then the fridge died and everything was moved to the pantry fridge in the garage.  So while cooking there was way too much running with full arms between the kitchen and the pantry fridge in the garage.  Then I didn’t like any of the new stoves and my old one is JUST RIGHT! So we are back to just replacing the fridge!

Then with all the appliance research and shopping, I couldn’t – horrors – even find time to sew, or even blog or even read blogs! 

Major Crabbiness ensued!

On the plus side, I did manage to choose and email my pattern testers for my Lányos Handmade Gemma© Bag.  Some applicants didn’t leave their email addresses on the application forms so sadly I couldn’t reply to them, and some didn’t respond to my initial email so I had to move on to the next name. 

Those of you who filled out an application form, I thank you.  If I didn’t email you and send you a draft of the Gemma©️ Bag pattern, don’t despair! I thank you for applying 😁👍 and I do have at least another three or four bag patterns rolling around in my head! I might ask if you can help me out next time!

Those of you who are working through the draft Gemma©️ Bag pattern now, I thank you immensely for doing this!  You are the indispensable editors of my ideas!

Now, I have a tip for you!

I also managed in the last few weeks to mend a friend’s curtains and sew some quick curtains for one of our extra bedrooms (company’s coming soon).  In this guest room I wanted something to soften and cover the blinds.  I used this fabric for the curtains.  It was purchased to make tote bags some day … but that’s okay, when we tire of the curtains, I can take them down and I can still make a few tote bags.  But I just love this fabric – wouldn’t it make a great tote bag?

Now for the tip … I found the best website for calculating how much fabric you need for curtains.  No more math.  Haha! This is it … Sailrite … they also had calculators for pillows, cushions, upholstery, etc. They also had some very cool industrial sewing machines! (One can only dream!)

Here’s the finished curtains, by the way.  They do a great job of hiding the blinds.  You can see the blinds are closed half way just by the shadow that is cast.

When things settled down a bit I planned and cut out for another friend a Rosie©️ Bag.  How do you like her fabric?

Love at first sight, I think!

Anyway I think this weekend will be a good sewing weekend for my friend’s Rosie©️ Bag.  And I think we have decided on which fridge we want, so no more appliance research and shopping!

Are you going to have a chance to sew this weekend?

Happy Sewing!

The Rosie© bag

I’ve always got my eye out for “the perfect bag”.  Even when I bought RTW I stuck to the same couple of perfectly functional bags – wrapped in different materials and styles to change things up.

Now that I am making my own, I am attempting to find the perfect bags for myself.  I am completely satisfied with my tote bag but I am still searching for the perfect medium sized handbag.  

I think though I may have found the perfect mini cross-body bag – give or take a small change here and there.

I am so certain that this is the perfect mini cross-body bag that I have named her “The Rosie © bag”! Continue reading

What to do with a box of upholstery fabric …

In my quest for the perfect bags, which seems to be a never-ending quest, I have been looking at plenty of styles and sizes, and learning a lot along the way!  My sister was kind enough to provide to me an overflowing box of upholstery fabrics she found while cleaning up and clearing out during their move.  Not only did my cats love acquiring so much free fabric, I did too!  I love using upholstery fabric for bags of all sorts, and jackets too, like this one.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

So using my Graphics App, I drew up my plans for another tote bag, smaller than my last one, and went through the upholstery fabric box to find the perfect fabric to repurpose into a tote bag.

I pulled out my Singer 421G for this heavy duty job.  I used a lightweight fusible interfacing on my inner lining fabric to add a bit of shape and a fusible fleece on my outer fabric to add a bit of soft cushioning and shape.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

Fusible fleece – and a peek at the striped fabric I chose from the upholstery fabric box!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!! Continue reading