HandmadebyClaireBear

confessions of a fabric obsessive

Take one boring shopping bag…the reveal!

I saw a tutorial for this book bag on Sew, Mama, Sew:

and it started off a desire to make myself a library book bag complete with pocket for my library card.

Knowing I had some of this fabric:

in two colours, I decided to go for it.

I also saw a tutorial (on Betz White’s blog – I love Betz White) to upcycle cotton totes by  using them as a lining for a more interesting bag.  Two tutorials means two bags.  Jump to my previous post for details of the original tutorials that I followed to make my upcycled bags, and to see the story so far.

Bag number 1

book bag

Ta-da, boring bag used as inside of interesting book bag. I love this bag, and the pocket on the outside is so useful. It usually houses my library card and the little receipts that I can print off at my local library with a summary of what books I still owe them. It is currently sitting on the floor next to my computer, full of books that need to go back to the college (where I work, I’m a college tutor/lecturer now) and to the university (where I’m a part-time teacher training student) libraries. So useful, and the pattern on the fabric defines is sue for me, which is always useful when you have memory issues like mine (aka, mind like a sieve!)

Bag number 2

purple bag

This is as far as I got! The idea of appliqué was a good one, but I’m not an appliqué kinda girl . I may get round to it, I may not. I’m not even sure where it is.

What more is there to add? I have a new bag and it makes me happy.

:o)

Claire Bear

Interesting bag-related posts from other bloggers (and one of two of my own):

Project Upcycle: An Online Class on Craftsy Taught by Betz White (whileshenaps.typepad.com)
Painted Heart Bag (craftzine.com)
Boxed-Bottom Tote Bag Tutorial (skylarchastain.wordpress.com)
It’s a Bag Marathon (girlwithjavacurls.typepad.com)
Butterfly Tote Bag (mindfuldrawing.com)
I wanna new bag…. (handmadebyclairebear.com)
Upcycle project – skirt into shoulder bag (handmadebyclairebear.com)

No sew zone

An update to this post:
I got the place on the course, I got a teaching job 3 days a week at first then 4 days a week. Still almost no sewing happening, but I might get a chance in the summer holidays. Doing a portfolio-based qualification at University is hard for a dyslexic like me, but I’m getting there.
My course tutor told me the other day, that half of my class is producing work that isn’t as good as mine, so apparently my written work is worth the wait.
I got so fed up with doing no sewing, that I made myself a handbag over Easter break (photos to come).
Will blog more when I get a chance.
ClaireBear

HandmadebyClaireBear

The last few weeks (or maybe longer) my life has been full of job applications, job interviews, clearing out the house and tidying up what’s left. I rearranged my back room/study/computer room/boxroom a while ago on a whim, quickly shoving stuff into carrier bags to get them out of the way so I could paint the ceilings and the walls. I couldn’t put off unpacking those bags and putting away the contents properly  any longer.

I’ve had to get on with organising myself in case I actually get offered one of the (fab) teaching jobs I’ve applied for, as well as the one-evening-a-week placement I’ve already been offered so that I can do my Certificate in Education (UK qualification that allows/qualifies me to teach adults).  I went for a job interview, got offered a placement and a mentor for the course. Not a bad result, but I still need…

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Someone else’s fabulous sewing

Very Berry Handmade

Art wraps close up

These little wraps measure 5.5″ x 7″ (18cm x 14cm) folded, and 10″ x 16.5″ (25cm x 41cm) unfolded. There is room inside for a small notebook/sketch pad (A6 size) and 16 full size pencils/pens (2 to each pocket).Flowery art wrap 2

Please feel free to use this pattern in any way that you wish, but I would very much appreciate a link back to this tutorial, or at least to my blog, if you are going to make art wraps for sale – many thanks!

The fabrics used for the flowery art wrap in this tutorial are from my wonderful blog sponsors: My Fabric House.

Art wraps

Project Requirements

I’m not specifying how much you need of each fabric to complete this project, because you can mix and match the fabrics you use, but the absolute maximum you will need is a couple of co-ordinating FQs and some contrast fabric for binding (and…

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