Gift Post #1-2022 -Julie’s UCAB

Julie's UCAB
Julie’s UCAB

Yes, I made Julie a UCAB. This wasn’t planned for her, but she admired mine at Super Sew Day so much that I showed her the outside of the Brocade Peony UCAB and we made a deal. I would finish it for her and she would forget our conversation and be surprised.

I didn’t wait until the last minute to get the project done. About a week after Super Sew Day, I started on the pockets and just powered through. This is my third UCAB and I don’t find it any easier than the first two. Well, maybe a little easier.

Anyway, I sent it off the day before Thanksgiving and I am sure she got it. I can’t wait to hear if it is useful or her.

Percheron Pouch Nearing the Finish

The Percheron (part of Minikins Season 3) by Sew Sweetness is classified as a pouch, but it is definitely larger than what I would consider to be a pouch. Remember I made one of these before? I wanted to make it again since I struggled with Mom’s. As mentioned, it was going very well and I think I mastered the hinge, which was one of the steps that caused me a headache.

Percheron assembling
Percheron assembling

It isn’t going as well as it was before. I am not quite sure what went sideways, but I have been really, really struggling with putting the whole thing together.

I know the picture of the whole thing makes it look very sad. I think I was in a rush. I don’t have to throw it out, don’t worry.

Percheron #2 lining
Percheron #2 lining

I just really fought and fought with the lining and the assembly. It looks really ugly in this picture. The saving grace is that I haven’t finished the last seam by hand, so there is hope that I can save it. I really don’t want to unpick it.

I can also give the thing a good press (this is where my small Oliso comes in very handy) and I am sure that will help, too.

Percheron #2 lining (bottom)
Percheron #2 lining (bottom)

Is there always a point in my bag making where I despair completely?

Now I need to remember to sew a Wunderlabel in it.

Ridiculously Pleasing Percheron

Percheron Pouch (top) in process
Percheron Pouch (top) in process

I am ridiculously pleased with how this Percheron Pouch (part of Minikins Season 3) is turning out.

The photo, left doesn’t show much to you, but the top has nicely fussy cut fabric and is pleasingly stiff. Granted, there is a lot of interfacing in the top. Still, I am super happy when it all works out.

I started working on this just to get a break from the Tarts. I didn’t expect much progress. When I made this pattern before, I just remember struggling. Still, I couldn’t get the pattern out of my mind and decided to make another one as a gift. Since I needed to rest my body from quilting, I thought it would be a good time to make a start. I had cut out all the pieces previously, so was ready to go.

Percheron Pouch: top is 3D
Percheron Pouch: top is 3D

I worked along slowly, listening to my book and alternately ironing fabric for Stay Tuned. Suddenly, the top was made!

I am so pleased with how it came out. It is really 3D! The fussy cutting looks great and even the (IMO) ugly zipper fits really well with the fabric.

Knitting Needles Bag

Remember when I went to the sock knitting class? One thing I realized is that my knitting needles were disorganized. I have two needle holder bags, but somehow they don’t fit my needles. It is sad because they are really pretty bags, made from silk. Perhaps I don’t know how to use them?

Zaudal Creates Knitting Needles Case
Zaudal Creates Knitting Needles Case

One day, I went on a rampage to find a great knitting bag. What I found was a Knitting Needle Case pattern from Zaudal Creates. It has been sitting in my “must make ASAP” pile for a few months. I took it to Sew Day to cut out. Fortunately, I had already gathered the pattern and supplies, so I was able to cut out most of the pieces.

N.B. If you are careful in your shopping, you can get two bag patterns for only slightly more money from her shop.

One of the things I like about this pattern is the snap that keeps circular needles in place. I don’t know if this bag will hold all of my needles, but I can always make a second one, if it doesn’t. Maybe one for circular needles and one for double pointed needles?

Zaudal is located in Norway, so she had references to Vilene  interfacing. I was able to find a chart created by Sara at Sew Sweetness. This chart told me that Vilene H250’s US equivalent is Pellon Decor Bond (809). I didn’t have this at Sew Day, so it was the only part I didn’t cut out.

I asked some questions about what I could use instead. I was being cheap and lazy, but eventually I went to Joann and got some Decor Bond. It is not too stiff, but it does add some stiffness to the fabrics. I cut it out and fused it to the interior and exterior of the fabrics shown above at Gerre’s house .

As a result, I am pretty much ready to sew this bag together. It is waiting its turn, which will be after I finish PP4.

UCAB: Separating Zipper Top Tutorial

Art Themed Ultimate Carry All Bag
Art Themed Ultimate Carry All Bag

In order to sew along, you will need to:

You can find more information at the following links:

Additional Supplies**

  • Separating zipper

Notes:

I was not able to find a 12″ separating zipper so I used a 10″ and it worked fine. you might be able to find one the right size at Wawak.

Use E8 pieces for this step. The zipper flanges (fabrics surrounding the zipper) should be exterior fabrics ifyou want them to match the outside of the bag.

Tutorial:

Use a 3/8″ seam allowance for this step.

You will be using the pattern starting on page 20. Use the exterior fabrics for the fabrics surrounding the zipper (E8-zipperr flanges). Match thread to those fabrics.

Take the zipper apart. Keep all the pieces oriented as if you are going to zip them back together.

Clip E8 to the zipper
Clip E8 to the zipper

Make a zipper sandwich

    • Lay 1 E8 piece right side up
    • Position the zipper tape along the center of E8 half an inch from the end (see photo above where clips are)
    • Clip fabric to zipper tape
    • Put another E8 piece face down to make the sandwich
    • Reposition the clips on the E8 pieces to encompass the entire zipper sandwich
    • Clip the top of the zipper (side where the stop will be when the bag is closed) so you can veer it and the top of the tape will be hidden. Sew Sweetness has a tutorial on veering a zipper.
    • Follow these directions for the second piece. You want to continuously check that the two pieces of the zipper are lined up so the zipper will work properly.

Look at the images on pg.20 of the pattern as they will help.

Install the zipper. Stitch to the end of the fabric.

Check the zipper
Check the zipper

Stitch both short ends closed. You have, basically, sewn around the zipper lining/edges in a U shape so that the ends are closed and three sides are finished.

Make sure the end of the zipper is OUTSIDE of the seam allowance. You want to stitch as close as you can to the stop, then match the seam allowance on the second side of the zipper.

Turn the piece right sides out and press. Top stitch the U after you have finished the second side.

Throughout this step:                                                                              

  • Remember that this zipper comes apart.
  • Make sure the two sides of the zipper are in the correct orientation and the ends are even the whole time.

Keep checking.

 

N.B.: Quiltessa Natalie calls these zipper tabs, but I have never heard of zipper tabs being applied to the sides of the zipper. I call them zipper flangesI have also never used a separating zipper, so who knows?)

 

Separating Zipper installed
Separating Zipper installed

Previous Tutorials:

  • Large Pocket #1 pt.1 tutorial
  • Large Pocket #1 pt.2 tutorial
  • Large Pocket #2 Clippy Pocket tutorial (type 2)
  • Large Pocket #2 tutorial pt.2
  • Small Front Pocket Tutorial pt.1 – center section
  • Small Front Pocket Tutorial pt.2 – Clippy pockets (instead of badge holders)
  • Pocket information – post showing additional mesh pockets (not a tutorial)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Set of Bags

My Set of ByAnnie Bags
My Set of ByAnnie Bags

If subconsciously means that I never thought about what I was doing then subconsciously, I have been making myself a set of bags. However, I think I sort of made a choice of fabrics, so the bags would match on some level. Since I usually buy a few yards of Philip Jacobs prints, this isn’t an issue.

Regardless, suddenly, I have a set of three bags. I haven’t used the Project Bag yet, but the Take a Stand/Without a Trace bag is in use when I travel and the APfE v.20 is in constant use for my La Pass project. I keep all of my supplies (book, rotating cutting mat, rotary cutter) and extra papers and my file of instruction sheets in it.

I am not sure if I will make more bags using this color scheme, but you never know. Stay tuned!

Finished: Essential Totes

Finished: Clippings Essential Tote
Finished: Clippings Essential Tote

I finished the Essential Totes last week. I am really pleased with how they came out and am plotting when to make more.

Both totes are way more glittery than anything I normally make. I am kind of liking a little more glitter than normal in my life.

I have to give most of the credit to Natalie of SewHungryHippie. The pattern, Essential Tote, is designed by Natalie. It is my first experience with her patterns and I found it to be a really good pattern: clear, easy to follow, no stupid overly complicated steps, well written. I resisted buying it for awhile, but ended up purchasing it in the end. She had some Spanish Crimson soft vinyl and some glitter webbing in her newsletter and I couldn’t resist. Buying the pattern enabled me to make something right away with both unusual (unusual purchase for me) products.

Finished Echinacea Glow Essential Tote
Finished Echinacea Glow Essential Tote

The exterior fabric I used on both is from Anna Maria Horner. One is Echinacea Glow and the other is Clippings. These are sturdy totes, as well, since both have foam lining.

The bag supplies call for exterior fabrics such as canvas. I used regular quilting weight fabric and it worked fine.

I did make some changes to the pattern. I used the Spanish Crimson soft vinyl for the bottom. This meant I had to change some of the cutting directions. I cut the exterior fabric 20 x 15.5 and the spanish Crimson soft vinyl for the bottom at 20 x 5.5. Then sewed the two pieces together to make one exterior piece 20×20, which I, then treated as one piece. 20×20 was the original size I was required to cut for the exterior. You could make the bottom larger by adjusting the cut sizes if you wanted. Make sure your final piece ends up 20 x 20 and everything will be fine.

I only put one vinyl pocket on the outside of each tote. Next time, I’ll put one on each side next time. I was just lazy about my cutting.

I think next time, if I use the same idea of a different bottom, I’ll make the vinyl pocket a little larger and have it sewn into the seam with the bottom fabric.

Essential Tote: Echinacea Glow Lining
Essential Tote: Echinacea Glow Lining

As usual, I added a leash to the inside of both totes. You can see in the bottom of the photo, left. I never know when I’ll want to lash my keys or a pouch to my tote.

The pocket fit very well with the bottom boxed corners of the tote. I was impressed! I also used the measurements in the pattern, so mostly I was impressed that following directions actually worked. LOL!

Essential Tote: Clippings Lining
Essential Tote: Clippings Lining

The pattern calls for vinyl interior pockets, but I was running out of vinyl (shocking! I bought a lot back a million years ago and I thought I still had a lot. Apparently not.), so I made a fabric pocket for one bag, which will be fine. I had enough vinyl to make a slightly smaller, vinyl pocket (photo, right) for one of the bags. The vinyl required that I cover all of the edges. It was a hassle, but the results are good.

I used that Philip Jacobs rose lining, because it makes me super happy.

Essential Tote lining bottom
Essential Tote lining bottom

I am pleased with the great sewing job I did. It isn’t perfect, but everything came together really well.

I showed Tim and he liked the bag. I also showed it at Sew and Tell. People liked it.

 

Finished: My Project Bag

Finished: My Project Bag
Finished: My Project Bag

I have been wanting to try this pattern. I was thinking that a project bag might be a good gift for my bag recipients, but I wanted to try it before committing to another ByAnnie pattern. I think, in general, ByAnnie patterns seem overly complicated, but the projects usually turn out well.

I cut out the pieces at Super Sew Day, then finally sewed it together. I used one of the pieces of zipper I got for my birthday. I love it. It is so pretty. I also used more of the Philip Jacobs Chrysanthemum fabric like in the Without a Trace/Take a Stand bag and the APfE v.2.0. I am pleased with the binding, too.

Brocade Peony UCAB Progress

I am back on the UCAB bandwagon! I worked on the pockets for the Brocade Peony UCAB over the weekend and made some good progress. This is part of my effort to clear off my to do list. I know I have gifts to make, so there is a push-me-pull-you going on in my brain. Fortunately, this ticks off both areas.

UCAB: Front Pocket
UCAB: Front Pocket

I started the work on the two large pockets at Tim’s on Saturday. We got together for the meeting and to sew and catch up. I started in carefully on the large pocket #1 and made good progress until I realized I had screwed up. I had the wrong piece noted in the pattern and sewed the extra pockets to the wrong piece of fabric. I didn’t have the extra fabric with me, so I stopped and worked on binding some other bags.

UCAB: Large Second Pocket -front
UCAB: Large Second Pocket -front

By the next day, I had figured out the problem and was ready to go. I thought I would abandon my efforts and start over. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the extra fabric I thought I had, so I unpicked everything and redid it. It worked out. It took time, but unpicking is rather meditative.

Despite this inauspicious start, I was able to complete the two large pockets and make the center section of the small front pocket. I also started making the sides of the small front packet, including the Clippy section. There is a lot of fiddly sewing and cutting, so I didn’t make much progress yet.

 

 

 

 

Previous Tutorials:

Essential Tote Progress

Essential Tote: exteriors
Essential Tote: exteriors

I spent one day over the weekend working on the Essential Totes. I had only cut them out and the two stacks of pieces had been languishing for a few days. First, I had to cut the exterior fabric. Yes, I finally got the Echinacea Glow fabric!

Cutting was no big deal and quickly accomplished. Then I started working my way through the pattern. It was very soothing to just work on a bag that was straightforward.

As I started to work I found that the pattern is really well written and easy to follow. It has images in the right places and enough explanation. I found the part on what to cut required that I get oriented to how it was written. I made a few annotations that will be helpful when I make this project again.

One thing I did differently was use foldover elastic** instead of binding to cover the edges of the vinyl. After so many ByAnnie patterns and all of their binding requirements, I had no interest in making more binding. One good thing about the ByAnnie patterns is that I now have a good system for making binding that isn’t as arduous as either of the techniques I have used in the past. Here I am talking about actual fabric and sewing technique not the math part. The math part is tried and true and I use that because it works every time.

The handles cover the edges of the vinyl pocket so the maker only has to cover the top and bottom of the vinyl.

I used the glitter webbing I bought from SewHungry Hippie. Total impulse buy, so I thought I would go with lots of glitter in these bags. The background of the exterior tones everything down a bit. The webbing is much stiffer than fabric handles, so I’ll have to make sure not to load them down too much. I sewed slowly and with a sharp needle and didn’t have any problem sewing through them.

I got interrupted before I could finish them and need to get back int he swing. Part of what I need to do is make more pockets. Somehow that step is holding me up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Obviously, you should shop at local fabric, knitting shops or quilt shops. However, if you can’t, please know that I use affiliate links. I may be paid for your purchase of an item when you click on an item’s link in my post. There is no additional cost to you for clicking or purchasing items I recommend. I do not recommend items I don’t like. I appreciate your clicks and purchases as it helps support this blog.

Essential Tote Mostly Cut

Essential Tote cut out
Essential Tote cut out

As mentioned in the Super Sew Day post, this is another project I cut out – mostly. I am still waiting for one of the fabrics to arrive, so I can cut out the exteriors.

I have one of the fabrics, but was waiting for the other to arrive so I could wash them together. I am trying to conserve energy while it is so hot here in California. Even where I live, which is often covered in fog, it is 86 degrees, which is down from the 91 it was earlier. I am definitely thinking of getting solar panels for my house.

Hindsight Echinacea Glow
Hindsight Echinacea Glow

The fabric I am waiting for is the Hindsight Echinacea Glow** from Anna Maria Horner. I thought I had a large enough piece in this colorway, but I think I only had a half yard or FQ, which isn’t enough. I ordered it for next day delivery and here we are a week later.

I also haven’t cut the pockets out for the inside. I was going to skip them, but I know I will regret it, if I do, especially if these bags become favorites. I have to think about adding a leash and maybe some penholders as well.

Natalie, of SHH, has a YouTube channel. One of the videos is a walkthrough of the Essentials Tote. I don’t know if this is a how-to make the bag video or what. I haven’t watched it yet, but will check it out.

You can buy the Essential Tote pattern (print and PDF) from Sew Hungry Hippie. I wasn’t going to buy the pattern, but I did. I couldn’t stop thinking about that vinyl pocket on the outside of the bag. I probably could have added a vinyl pocket to another bag…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Obviously, you should shop at local fabric, knitting shops or quilt shops. However, if you can’t, please know that I use affiliate links. I may be paid for your purchase of an item when you click on an item’s link in my post. There is no additional cost to you for clicking or purchasing items I recommend. I do not recommend items I don’t like. I appreciate your clicks and purchases as it helps support this blog.

Black & White Storage Bag

Diagonal Nine Patch Storage Bag
Diagonal Nine Patch Storage Bag

I made a drawstring bag as a storage bag for the Diagonal Nine Patch.

I used the Jeni Baker/In Color Order pattern. As I have said before, this pattern went together very quickly. The hardest part was choosing the fabrics (or finding pieces large enough!)

I keep buying black and white stripes so I have a lot right now. I used it for another project, then though it would work on this one as well. My niece loved the bag.

I got the idea for the storage bag form SIL#2.  She makes a storage bag for every quilt she gifts. Once she mentioned it, this pattern came to mind and I knew I could incorporate some orange,which is my niece’s favorite color. Everytime I use this pattern, I wonder why I don’t make more of these bags.

Project Bags in Process

Project Bags cut & ready to sew
Project Bags cut & ready to sew

As I mentioned, I spent part of Super Sew Day cutting out Project Bags. My idea for these bags is that they will allow me to collect pieces and parts, such as thread, templates, fabric, of projects so everything is together when I am ready to sew.

Partly, this project and the process has to do with organization. If I have a few minutes and am not at the machine, I can gather some fabric or find the pattern and templates for a future project. This uses my precious time well.

The way I have organized them helps me keep all the pieces with their fellows. This works especially well when I am making more than one at a time.

Yes, I have plenty of ziploc bags and other, purchased containers for projects, but this allows me to use some of my fabric stash. It also makes my space prettier.

Take a Stand Zipper Repair

Take a Stand/Without a Trace Bag finished & repaired
Take a Stand/Without a Trace Bag finished & repaired

I wrote about my unhappiness with the Take a Stand/Without a Trace zipper a few weeks ago. In a way this is the project that keeps rearing its head. Finally, though, I think it is finished, repaired and available for use.

It is a good, medium sized bag, so I hope to put it to good use in some way I can’t think of right now.

Take a Stand/Without a Trace Bag zipper tab updated
Take a Stand/Without a Trace Bag zipper tab updated

I changed out the zipper tab to match the binding. I haven’t checked the pattern to see if it calls for exterior (my first choice) or binding fabric for the zipper tab. I am pretty sure I cut what the pattern suggested. I like the zipper tab matching the binding better.

I also adjusted the size to match the width of the binding and the zipper. I don’t like the zipper tabs being larger. The  Quilts Illustrated Tool Tote pattern calls for a larger tab and it bugs me every time I see it. now that I have changed the zipper for the Take a Stand/Without a Trace bag, I might change that one as well.

Petrillo Then & Now

Petrillo Bag Complete
Petrillo Bag Complete

I love it when people use and love the items I make for them.

I went to a conference recently, as mentioned, where SIL#4 and I shared an apartment at the resort. She brought the Petrillo Bag I made for her back in 2013.

The bag was beautiful and pristine in 2013. It was probably the first Petrillo Bag I made and may have been the first Sew Sweetness pattern I made.

I was reminded that I am a good bagmaker and the bag looked great when I gave it to her.

Petrillo Bag in 2022
Petrillo Bag in 2022

The bag is now well loved and well used. It has been to Australia at least once and maybe even to to Europe. Not sure. It has been through the wash and SIL even Oxycleaned it when the dirt from carrying it on trips got to much.

I am tempted to make SIL#4 another one. I don’t know if I still have some of the same fabric, but I think I might.