Happy Friday! A few new pieces of hardware have arrived, so it's a good time to have a hardware special:
Use the coupon code 5friday to take $5 off any hardware order of $20 or more in my etsy shop.
Maybe you need some cinch buckles for your Messenger Bag, or it's time to stock up on slides/rectangle rings, snaps, or maybe you want to try a tuck catch? Come take a look at all the pretty hardware!
Here is a quick overview of the new pieces now available in the hardware section:
These have a pretty satin nickel finish. They make nice bag closures when combined with a snap.
These wrap around the ends of straps and are a nice option for skinny wristlet straps where you might not feel like sewing the ends together. They bend around securing one end of the strap to itself.
These can be used as a bag closure when combined with a hook to go through the round part. They are nice heavy pieces. The strap part is 1.5" wide.
These can be used with the Strap Loops to make a large bag closure, or for dog leashes, removeable straps, etc.
Have a great weekend!
P.S. The $5 off special is good through Monday morning 9:00 AM PST.
Whenever I get the chance to look back at some older blog posts, it's always a trip down memory lane. It's easy to get caught up in the moment, or thinking about "what's next???", and forget this blog is also a diary of my past sewing projects.
Surely, I've said this several times already, but it would be a good idea to do a weekly recap post. I think I've done a few, but it should be a weekly habit. It's now on my calendar.
So here is the recap of this week:
This little coin purse is very sweet. This uses a 2.5" flex frame. These smaller 2.5" wide frames just arrived this week, so this was my first time using this extra small size. More of the 3.5" frames will be here on Tuesday.
Another awesome thing about having a swatch book is when you show it to people you can make mental notes of the fabrics that catch their eye. On Wednesday I went to lunch with my Dad and his wife. Before leaving for the restaurant I was showing her my swatch book. When she commented on one particular fabric I made a mental note for future reference. Now I know which one she really, really likes and can use it the next time I make her a gift!
The small one is for cards and the bigger one could be used for a phone, small journal, or whatever you need to stash away. Here they are together for size reference:
I used hair canvas on the flap and it worked great for this project! It worked out so well I ordered a bolt of the hair canvas interfacing. It will arrive in about 6 weeks. Read more about hair canvas towards the bottom this past post.
This will be a pattern at some point. It might not happen until after I have hair canvas available. It turns out fine with regular interfacing, but it's better with the hair canvas.
That about covers my week of sewing. Did you finish some things this week? Feel free to drop a link to your picture in the comments.
Here are a few other things I should mention in case you need hardware soon:
The 2" slides & rectangle rings are almost sold out, and the hardware wholesaler doesn't have them in stock right now. Once these sets are gone, I'm not sure when they'll be available again.
The nickel plated 1.5" slide & rectangle ring sets will be back in stock on Tuesday.
It was definitely a nice change of pace to use these, and the frames are super easy and really fast to install. This pouch probably took me an hour, but only because I had to figure out the dimensions (I'm going to share them below) for the pieces and how to put it together.
They are the perfect size for coin purses, glasses/sunglasses frames, phone pouches.
To use these flex frames (aka: squeeze frame), you need to make a casing. See how the frame ends need an opening along the side:
I'm already thinking about how to hide the pin at the sides, but it will take some experimenting. If I figure it out, I'll write more about it another day. Add me to your RSS feed or sign up for blog posts by email (see the box to the left), so you don't miss it.
I don't have a tutorial for you, but the basic idea I used can be found here.
The dimensions for my sunglasses pouch are:
Body: 4.5" wide x 7.25" high (11.5 x 18.5cm)
Casing: 4" wide x 2.25" high (10 x 6cm)
I used my zipper foot to sew around the perimeter. It was too hard to get by the casings using my regular foot.
Use pliers to squish the pin. It will go right in:
The adorable pink ticking is here.
$5 Off Any Hardware Order of $20 or More (use code: 5friday)
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We are expanding $5 Friday to include the occasional offer for $5 off, and maybe some other creative ways $5 can be incorporated into a special price.
It's an interesting challenge to come up with something for $5 each week, but when we are talking supplies, $5 total is too limiting. There just aren't many things that work within the price parameters.
The specials will still mostly be things for just $5, since the main point is to have something inexpensive available each week. But sometimes I'll mix it up with a different offer for variety. This will also give you a few more options at times. Instead of it being for one specific item, it might be something where you can choose from a few things. Like today...
I wanted to do hardware this week because a new pattern for a messenger bag is coming soon, and it uses three pieces of hardware--a cinch buckle, a slide, and a rectangle ring (all 1.5" pieces).
Cinch buckles are not exactly widely available, and while you can find adjustable strap hardware in many fabric stores, often it is the plastic kind. Those are fine and they hold up really well, but metal hardware is so much prettier!
Plus, I have a variety of very cool hardware pieces. They are all awesome ways to quickly add some visual interest to your sewing projects, and a piece or two of hardware can increase the value of things you make to sell.
(1) Slide/(2) Rectangle Rings
Etsy's flat discount is pretty basic, and the only limitation is the $20 minimum (before shipping), so this discount can really be used for anything in my etsy shop. The code again is: 5friday
Have a great weekend! I hope you get some time to sew!
Linen Messenger Bag with Cinch Buckle Closure
Now that it is suddenly warm, the wool bags I've used for the fall/winter need to be put away and replaced with something more seasonal. So yesterday I started making a linen messenger bag, and this morning I finished it up.
I just made this bag up as I went along, so there isn't a pattern. "Just made it up" sounds far more casual and easy than it really was to make.
It took probably 8-hours total make the pieces and sew the bag. So it was definitely a longer project for me! About half-way through thoughts of giving it up crossed my mind. But I NEED a new bag.
About half the time was making the pattern pieces. For the time, effort, and amount of materials used to make a bag, getting it mostly right the first time is important, so I had to go slow. I did have to remake the exterior once, but I kind of counted on that from the beginning, and used some cheap fabric to make the original.
This bag is larger than my current Messenger Bag pattern. The size for the existing pattern is actually better for me personally. I try not to carry a lot because I walk quite a bit, and this style bag--or really any bag--can get heavy if you carry it long enough.
So I might try making a slightly smaller version for myself, but first I'll try this size out and see how it goes.
This bag is large enough to hold an ipad and a bunch of other stuff, and I know a lot of you want bigger bags, so leave a comment if this is something you'd want to sew. Due to the amount of pieces a pattern would only come with one size.
They look super nice and are easy to sew on and practical to use. The anchor part just slips through the buckle and then a slight turn and it is all in place. I'm digging these a lot and am already plotting my next project to show them off!