I have an office down the street where the items to ship are stored, along with the shipping supplies, and the "good" printer.
The office is tiny and the building is clean, but overall the building is dingy and seems a bit tired. But it is only 5 blocks from my house and the not so charming parts add up to inexpensive rent. It also provides me the sanity of not being surrounded by packing supplies in addition to all the sewing stuff (which I love having around), so it works for me.
Because the good printer is in the office, and the printer with the bad attitude is at home, I often just walk down the street to print things. So I carry a lot of documents back and forth, and have been thinking about making some sort of pouch for them for some time now.
Then when I went to see the accountant to sign tax paperwork I had to take a bunch of stuff downtown in this worn out manila envelope...that I'd written all sorts of barely legible notes all over. It didn't fit in my bag, so I had to pack it around. It seemed like maybe it was time to make something nicer to carry my paperwork.
So here it is--a document envelope. This is the first version. I'm going to make two minor changes and it should be good to go.
I used something special to make this pretty firm. Later this week I'll tell you about the special ingredient. It gives a smooth and firm surface to the fabric, and is easy to use.
This will hold a lot of papers! Two folders filled with papers + this magazine easily fit inside.
This is basically a miniature version of the messenger bag from yesterday. I have only a small amount of this poly/cotton upholstery fabric and wanted to use it, so I made a tiny version.
The fabric is awesome, but my 1/4" foot with the guide did not like it at all. The white dots are the cotton part and the cotton fibers are super thick. As they would fray off the edge, they'd get stuck in the metal guide. I just went back to the regular presser foot and that solved the problem.
There are two pockets--one on the exterior and one inside.
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!
This square pleated pouch has been cut out and waiting for me to finish, so it seemed like the perfect chance to use one of these new cinch buckles.
The exterior fabric is from Yuwa. I bought it at Bolt. There isn't any info on the selvedge, so I'm not sure where to find it online. If you've seen this print online, please let us know in the comments.
It was my first time paper piecing and it took two tries to get it right. On the first one I missed a small piece and didn't notice until it was completely finished. Can you spot my mistake in the photo below?
Since I knew I was going to make it again, it seemed like a good time to experiment further. So I outlined it in black thread to add some contrast. I like it, but also don't know if I'll use black stitching to outline other things in the future. Maybe for just the right project.