Thursday, December 7, 2017

Some Like It Boxy
After I wrote the Lined Zippered Boxy Pouch tutorial in January 2009, I developed an aversion to boxy pouches. It was probably due to too many people asking me for help with their boxy pouches and the questions are usually the same. I've always thought my tutorial is pretty detailed but some people don't wanna read everything...

After enough years had passed, I made a few boxy bags to sell at craft markets. I didn't go overboard and made hundreds because you know I didn't want to get sick of them. Some people asked for the pattern and after I was no longer sick of them (the boxy, not the people), I wrote the pattern - Jane's Little Boxy Bag pattern. Is it a terrible name? I cringe a bit when I see the name now...

Let's look back on the few pieces I made to sell in the past.

In my mind, I wanted customers to put their dolls in the boxy bags. But then again, how many grown-ups collect dolls and also buy my boxy bag?

This one's just darn gorgeous, isn't it?

If you want to make your own Little Boxy Bag, get the pattern here at Etsy or Craftsy.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Easy Shoulder Bag

Another blast to the past. This time I wanted to check out my Forever 19 Shoulder Bags. I didn't go back beyond 2012. I noticed that my Forever 19s did not vary much in design. Just a little nip and tuck here and there. I guess I was really happy with it.

To me, the Forever 19 Shoulder Bag is all about showing off your fabric. Look at this beauty - it has every element I go nuts over: flowers, bird, dragonflies.

Ikea fabric - this flower-flower print is very popular. I've seen many bags made in it.

Exact same fabric. This time with some free hand embroidery. Made this one in July this year.  (here)

This fabric appeals to lots of women. It's sort of dark beige/grey and it's a linen-cotton.

I go gaga over the colour yellow/green.

I made this bag wider. Why not taller? Probably this was all the fabric I had. I think this was the one and only time I changed the design.

I love this fabric and I remember going back to the shop for more but couldn't find any.

This fabric doesn't photograph well but it's a bit bluer. I love this fabric the most and I remember using overly expensive fleece to interline the fabric.

I think I named this bag really well. When I carry it over my shoulder, I feel forever 19!  Like my whole life is ahead of me and I am full of hopes and dreams...

Friday, December 1, 2017

One Ring Wonder Bags - Through the years

I was feeling a little bit nostalgic and went through my archives to look at how my previous One Ring Wonder bags evolved. I know I've made many. I selected a few just for fun. Most of the photos were taken pre DSLR camera days so they have this misty look.

I think this was an early version. (I can tell by looking at the bottom) I actually thought this colourway might be hard to sell but I was so wrong.

For this version, I played with the bottom - made it more boxy. I think I decided I didn't like it boxy so I only made a couple in this design.

I believe I didn't have enough fabric for the strap, thus the 2 rings instead of one.

This version is closer to the pattern I published. The bottom got slighter wider. I really like the curvy bottom.

I love this one. I forgot who this bag went to. The fabric was really tough to work with though. Very thick cotton canvas.

Interested to make your One Ring Wonder Bag? Pattern is available here.
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