Yes, it’s a thing. Bag Lady has a whole new meaning since Sara Lawson began drawing so many people into the art of bag making and inspiring the use of this nickname! Check her out on Youtube, Facebook, and on her web site, all by the same name “Sew Sweetness”.
Things have been happening in my sewing room even though you haven’t heard from me in a while! To be honest, I’ve been working on a lot of techie stuff for my online shop and trying to learn (UGH!) about things like SEO (search engine optimization) keywords, marketing etc. and my brain hurts. It is kind of disheartening for a maker to have to keep up with all these things, but that is the online world and my shop is online so….
In between webinars and headaches, I’ve been getting ready for our local Christmas craft market. This year I’m going to be displaying more than just quilts; I’m having fun putting together some smaller items for my table, like pouches and tote bags, so I can offer a variety of options and leave some of my bigger quilts at home. It takes a lot of time and energy to pack up all my quilts and safely transport them back and forth and because we live in a small town and most people know where to find me, I’m taking a different approach to make my own life easier and to keep them guessing LOL
I’ve enjoyed making a bag here and there in the past and pouches are often a good small project in between bigger quilting ones, but I’ve really been on a bag kick the past month or so and I thought I’d update you. Of course these are just quick glimpses because I’m not revealing all the details too early, but at least you can see what I’ve been up to!
(the 3rd pouch down is a Sew Sweetness pattern)
The tote bag extravaganza began when a friend asked me about a custom order for totes she wants for gifts. I sewed up a prototype and then caught the bug. I’m using a pattern from my own head and skills I’ve learned along the way from other patterns, and using up lots of smaller pieces of fabric I have leftover from quilts (OK I’ll admit I have bought a few pieces just for the bags!) and while several of them are similar in size and style, the prints make them unique.
Then I decided to try some faux leather because I thought it would make a lovely bag if I quilted a cool design on it, and got myself hooked on that look!
Most recently, I put together a quilt sandwich to sample some batting for a silk whole cloth quilt I’m starting and once it was all stitched and looking beautiful – batting test passed! – I decided to turn it into a silk handbag. Ooh-lah-lah!
So there you have it. At the time of this post, some have already been sold, but there are more in the making.
In my last post, I mentioned that I had been experimenting with having some of my own designs printed on fabric. The first samples arrived and everything looked just fine, so I’m pretty excited about that! The two panels have been made into wall quilts that I can’t quite share yet, but stay tuned…