Kimberly's Sac

Looking for a fast and easy purse pattern? The Fat Quarter Shop as an adorable patchwork sac pattern that's perfect! I love having a cloth purse for use in the warm weather. It can be toted in all the outdoor activities and if it gets dirty--just throw it in the wash! Carefree and easy, that's the only way.

Find the pattern for this bag at The Fat Quarter Shop here. I liked the idea of being able to use some of my fabric scraps for this project. As I planned my fabric selection I had the thought to also use some orphan blocks I had laying around. My thought was to keep the same patchwork cutting sized given in the pattern and substitute orphan blocks if I had anything that fit. Turns out none of those were the right size :( but it gave me an idea!

I have been wanting to try my hand at Wonky Flying Geese blocks and had seen a great tutorial about this on the Why Not Sew blog. This small project was the perfect place to try out this new technique. 

I followed pretty much everything Erin of Why Not Sew did but since I am always in a hurry I cut a few corners. Here's a quick look at how I made my Wonky Flying Geese units using freezer paper. For the original (and very good) instructions visit the Why Not Sew blog post for a great tutorial.

My Wonky Flying Geese Blocks

On the Kimberly Sac project there are large rectangles, small rectangles, and a square. I added together the large rectangle and square for the size of my pieced Wonky Flying Geese across the bottom of the bag and kept the same large rectangle size for the vertical rectangle that folds down on the flap. These Flying Geese sections simply replaced the shapes on the pattern and didn't change anything for the finished size of the bag or how it was assembled. 

The Fat Quarter Shop has a great video to accompany their pattern. See how easy this pattern is to make here.

I made my sac using the new Art Gallery Fabrics denims and quilting cotton from several different AGF fabric lines and Pure Elements. The palette of the finished bag will transition nicely into fall and has a rugged, artisan look to it. I even had a vintage wooden-toggle button for the closer--perfect!

 

 
 

Coastline Blog Tour Week 3 Recap

The final week of the Coastline Blog Tour was just as exceptional as the first two weeks with five more uber talented makers showing off their sewing skill. I want to thank all the bloggers for making this the best tour ever. My deepest thanks and profound admiration for their sewing skills--you guys are the BEST!

To see all the blog post from the 16 Coastline Blog Tour makers, visit them here:

Feb. 1  Heidi Staples - fabricmutt.blogspot.com

Feb. 2  Bethany Raymond - sew-not-perfect.blogspot.com

Feb. 3  Lisa Mabey - mabeyshemadeit.com

Feb. 4 Corinne Sovey - mustlovequilts.com

Feb. 5 Raedene Averitt - chasingmermaidshop.com

Feb. 8 Sue Stone - needleinafabricstash.wordpress.com

Alexis Wright - mysweetsunshinestudio.com

Feb. 9 Jennifer DeShazer - ajennuinelife.com

Feb. 10 Kristen Wright - twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com

Feb. 11 Katie Skoog - TheSimpleLifeCompany.com/Blog

Feb. 12 Cristy Stuhldreher - iloveyousew.com

Feb. 15 Sharon Mcconnell - colorgirlquilts.com/blog

Feb. 16 Candice Ayala - CandiceAyala.com

Feb. 17 Anorina Morris - sameliasmum.com

Feb. 18 Aida A. Valverde - aikamaku.com

Feb. 19 Jessica Stewart - snickerdoodlestew.com

Week 3 closed the tour with quilts, kids garments, and a travel tote. I want to thank and shout out to these designers for their beautiful and professional work!

On Monday, my very good friend and Quilt Market roomy Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts designed and made a stunning quilt. Sharon is the master of curved piecing and also did an amazing job spiral quilting her quilt. 

Candice Ayala of Candice Ayala made two outfits. The first is a Summer Dress by Bubby and Me from AGF knit in Tradewinds. The second is the adorable Beachcomber print cotton Pensacola Beach Petal Top by Seaside Notions. I love all the details and variations Candice made to the patterns to add her own touch to the garments. 

On Wednesday, Anorina Morris of Sameliasmum showed us her Oh Buoy quilt. Oh Buoy is right, what a beautiful quilt that uses all the prints from the collection and photographed at a marina and lighthouse. Perfect design and tribute to the collection.

Aida Valverde of Aikamaku gave us another stunning local and made us all want to be on that sunny beach with her as she photographed her California Traveler Bag made from Sandbar canvas and assorted cotton prints from the Coastline collection. Aida designed this bag just for the Coastline Blog Tour and it's perfect for travel or a day at the beach!

Last, but not least, Jessica Stewart of Snickerdoodle Stew (and Izzy and Ivy Designs) wowed us with her children's clothing. Jessica used knit, cotton, and canvas from the collection to stitch the super cute Evie Sundress and Pippa Jacket. Find the patterns for these garments on Jessica's blog and shop. 

A blog tour would not be complete without a fabric giveaway, right? Instagram followers were asked to repost their favorite images from the tour and use the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway to enter into the drawing. A name was randomly drawn from the hashtag pool entries and the lucky winner of the 20 piece fat quarter bundle from the Coastline collection was Kathy Cummings! Congratulations Kathy, I hope we've inspired you to sew something amazing with your fat quarters. 

Thank you everyone for following along. I hope you have discovered some new bloggers to follow and have loads of idea of what to sew next. Find more inspiration on the AGF blog and the Coastline fabrics Lookbook. 



Sketchbook Blog Tour Day 5

Today is the last day of the Sketchbook Blog Tour and Alexis Wright is posting today from My Sweet Sunshine Studio. Alexis has sewn the Rose dress from Violette Field Threads and I am in love with how it turned out! She used the cotton Tiny Dancer Midnight and Doodlie Meander prints. Doesn't her daughter look amazing? I love this cut on her--how perfect!

   Photo courtesy of Alexis Wright of My Sweet Sunshine Studio

 

Photo courtesy of Alexis Wright of My Sweet Sunshine Studio

See the My Sweet Sunshine Studio blog post to learn more about Alexis and this outfit. Thanks so much Alexis for being such a BIG part of the tour. I am looking forward to seeing you again at fall Quilt Market. 

   Photo courtesy of Alexis Wright

 

Photo courtesy of Alexis Wright

Yesterday Jessica Stewart from Snickerdoodle Stew posted on the Sketchbook Blog Tour. If you missed out on any of the days or want to see the full list of bloggers, click here. Tomorrow I will post a full recap of the tour along with announcing the winner of the 10 yards of Sketchbook fabrics. Yup, that's right, you still have time to enter the drawing for the free fabric. Sign in to instagram and REPOST any of the Sketchbook blog tour images. Use the hashtag #SketchbookTourGiveaway in your repost and you're entered into the drawing! Drawing ends Saturday August, 22nd at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

To wrap up my series on sewing with French seams I have one more project for you. This one doesn't use French seams but I feel fits the series because the construction method creates clean finishes to the edges without the use of hems (on the body of the bag). I took the common folded Market Bag construction and added a self-lined feature to the construction for a new twist on an old favorite.

These are super fun to make! Download the free Market Bag PDF pattern from my Free Patterns page for the full instructions on how to make a bag.

SELF-LINED MARKET BAG

Large bags like these are great for for taking with you to the store or Farmer's Market. They would also make a great, reusable alternative to paper gift bags or gift wrap! Show off fun prints and make several to use and give.