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will part 2

My cousin hasn’t picked up her bag yet, so I started playing with the leftover fabric to see what else I could get done before it was picked up.  This piece was made from the corners that were cut out of the bag (a corner cut out of each side gives it a flat bottom so it will sit flat ).  It’s got soft and fuzzy flanelette on the back as well:

made from the cut-out corners of the bag...

and soft and fuzzy on the back...

co-ordinated bibs...

and pacifier clips...

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weddings, weddings, weddings!

Please excuse the mess, I’m trying out my WordPress app for the first time and it’s not exactly what you would call… Easy to use! But I’m giving it a shot.

I have 3 weddings to go to over the labour day long weekend, and there are projects in the works for all of them. First, I agreed to make a garment bag for my cousin for her dress that she needs to transport from Vancouver to Calgary for the wedding. I found the cutest zipper!

pretty zipper…

Next, I’ve fashioned a cape of sorts for my friend’s not-a-stagette stagette (she insists that it’s not, but it is…). I used Alexander Henry’s pin up guy fabric with the wonderfully half naked cowboys.

yeeeehaw…

new bag: the “will”

Named for my cousin’s new baby, she asked me to make her a diaper bag. I googled diaper bags and diaper bag design for a long time. All she told me is that she wanted “chocolate and teal, about the size of a large purse. A snap to close”. I do not have, nor have I ever had a diaper bag, so I thought about it for a long time. If I had a diaper bag, what would some of the features be? I came up with a list:

  • lots of pockets inside and out
  • an adjustable strap so it could be short for over the shoulder or long for over the chest.  with those detatchable swivel thingies so it doesn’t get twisted up too…
  • more pockets
  • stiff enough to stand open on its own
  • a flat bottom so it will stand up
  • a closure that closes well, but that you can open with one hand if you need to
  • more pockets
  • cute, with matching accessories

So armed with all of that, I set to work.  I used some Robert Kaufman fabric that I already had (it had been slated for garment bags.  oops!) and took some samples with me to the fabric store. I found a Michael Miller (Mezzanine) fabric that would be perfect to line the bag… nice and light and EXACTLY the same teal-y blue color. It also has circles, so I felt that they went well together. I also found a flannelette with the same colors, for accessorizing. 😀

The great thing about this project is that I had the opportunity to try out some new stuff that I’d never used before.  I spent a lot more time in the “buttons and snaps” area of the store than I had previously.  I used 2 swiveling sets of clips, so the strap will never get twisted, and it can even be detached and replaced if needed. I also used one of those slidey things (I’m using technical terms today!) so the strap is adjustable.  I also got to try out these cool fabric covering button kits, my buttonhole attachments for my sewing machine, and this nifty magnetic snap, not to mention a decorative stitch that I’d never used before that matched the lining fabric exactly. Take a look!

almost finished... still has some pins...

detail of the pocket and lining-matching-buttons

interior pockets...

matching changing pad...

magnetic snap...

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