All stitched up

All stitched up

I took my sewing machine and overlocker to be serviced yesterday afternoon and I must admit the sewing space looks a little bare.  Never mind, my head is definitely in planning mode and the pause from sewing gives me time to share with you some of my recent unselfish sewing.  Well… um… that’s not quite accurate.  This process started with some selfish sewing as a girl has to test a free online tutorial before starting a present making assembly line.

Hello Triangle Bag in lovely Japanese cotton from Tessuti!




For some extra ‘WOW’ I added a small piece of leather to the handle.



Want to make your own triangle bag?  All the details can be found in a tutorial by //Between the lines//.

Some things to note:

  • The bag is sewn from a rectangle of fabric so it’s very economical in the fabric consumption department.
  • The rectangle is hemmed on all sides before you undertake some fancy folding and stitch a couple of seams.  I used a double-fold hem and took great delight in learning how to sew mitred corners.  Simple pleasures people.
  • The tutorial talks about the length of your fabric being three times it’s width.  I found that this didn’t quite work for me when I was doing the fancy folding bit.  After a bit of trial and error I’ve come to the conclusion that 45 inches x 16 inches makes for a great medium sized bag (the one photographed above is quite a bit smaller – approx. 38 inches x 13 inches)
  • For the leather detail I cut a rectangle of leather (3.25 inches x 2 inches) and used my leather hole punch to make small holes a quarter of an inch apart on both of the long sides.  The leather is joined, without snagging the fabric underneath, using pearl cotton and a cross stitch.


These five linen triangle bags, which will make perfect end of year teacher and Christmas gifts, are now just awaiting the leather detail on the handle.

triangle bag

I’ve also used Purl Bee’s Unisex Adjustable Apron tutorial and some lovely spotted linen to make these beauties.  Yes, his and hers matching BBQing aprons will be under our tree!  I have dibs on the red…  here’s hoping Mr Blogless Anna appreciates the navy!


The last of my present making was not one (I couldn’t stop at one!) but two make-up purses.  The You Sew Girl Make-up Purse comes in four sizes and this purse, the largest, uses a 8″ (20cm) zip.  In case you are wondering… the purses are keeping their shape so well because I added a medium weight interfacing and fusible fleece to the main fabric.

I’ve used this pattern before to make Miss A a pencil case (zippered pouches have so many uses!) and she has requested a new one for the start of the 2015 school year in her favourite liberty print.  That requested has been added to the January sewing list!

make-up purse

liberty make-up purse

And the best news about all these things… I had everything, bar the twill tape for the aprons, in the stash or the fabric scraps tub!  It’s times like these when a large stash comes in handy… well that’s what I’m telling myself!  Shameless justification?  Oh yes!

I’ve got Christmas and end of year teacher gifts all stitched up.  How about you?

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