Sewalong – Shoulderbag

Month 5 in the Zo geknipt sewalong, and project 12 to sew: a medium-sized shoulder bag. Good timing, since my own handbag had given up on me, and I’ve been using hubby’s man bag for over a month now.

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I’d carefully chosen the fabric for this bag: I was going to go for the golden autumn fabric I had, and use black cotton as contrast colour. I could already see the result right in front of me.

autumnAlas, turned out the fabric wasn’t wide enough. Actually, it turned out that the greater part of all the fabric I have lying around wasn’t wide enough.

Fortunately, the pile of fabric that my cousin gave me had the answer: a piece of reddish pink denim. Also a nice match for the black cotton.

Since the fabric was just the one plain colour, it looked rather dull. So I decided to add some spice, and I cut out a frame.

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Then, I added part of the lining to the frame.

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To avoid that my bag would become the usual trash bag in which I have to dig deeply to find what I need, I thought long and hard about how I could organise all the junk I tend to carry around.

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On the one side, I added a double-welt pocket with zipper, following my own guidelines.

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For the other side, I took a strip of fabric, and carefully placed it around my stuff.

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Then I stitched through, and as such I created room for pens, ears and lip balm.

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On the sides, I added a pocket for my phone, and a ribbon for my keys.

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The outer pockets have the ideal size to hold my train pass. To make sure I wouldn’t lose said train pass, I added kamsnaps.

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To toughen up the bottom, I cut a piece from a placemat, as explained in the book. That left me with 2/3 placemat. So I used that to make a bag organizer. I cut the remaining piece in 3 pieces, wrapped them in fabric, and sewed some extra pockets on.

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Not as sturdy as I would want it to be, since the placemat is very flexible, but it does help to divide the bag up in compartments, making the whole content more organised.

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It took a while before I had assembled the whole thing, mainly because I added so many extras. But I am very happy with the result!

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And one more thing: while I was playing around with the bag to get the pictures right, I accidentally shot some pics from myself? A self portret from a goofy angle, I cannot not share it 🙂

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Used materials

For apples and pears – Zo geknipt sew along project 11

April was the month to sew project 11 during the Zo Geknipt! sew along. Time for the For apples and pears shirt. And I was looking forward to it. Starting from scratch, I hadn’t done so since pattern drawing class. Drawing went smoothly, the instructions were very clear. And the book doesn’t lie: once you’ve finished the pattern, sewing only takes a fraction of time. But of course I had to tweak it a tiny bit.

Fabric choice was simple: the same fabric for the whole thing. The book warned me that choosing different colours would lead to me making my shoulders wider. And since my shoulders are very straight and quite broad, I should avoid that at all cost. To break the colour a bit, I used white thread.

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This pattern has very straight seams in the side. Since I have broad shoulders, I don’t get away with that, so I tailored it all a bit in my waist.

The front gaped a bit as well, so I added a tiny plead on both sides, fixing them in place with a button. Depending on how I stand, it still gapes, but it’s a bit better already.

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If I ever make a second version, I would narrow the front panel a bit, and cut it a bit lower as well. Now it’s quite high, and I have the feeling it does something strange to my front. I guess the wide neck makes my shoulders look broader, I don’t know. Something just doesn’t feel right.

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In the back, my hollow back influences the way the shirt looks as well. It doesn’t bother me, but it’s something to keep in mind the next time.

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I love wearing it, it’s very comfortable. I’d never used Punta di Roma before, but it’s very soft and lovely to wear. I have another colour lying around, but I’m not sure yet whether I’ll make a pimped version of this shirt or not. Should I?

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Used materials

Tipsy pen case

Hubby loves to have everything at hand to be able to make drawings and take notes. That’s why he’s dragging a pen case along every single day. The old one had been around for years, and needed to be replaced. As did half of its contents, by the way.

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The tipsy bag from Zo Geknipt 2 looked perfect for the job. And just as the reusable bag, this project is partly made of recycled materials. This time, I reused an old pair of jeans, that I had already used for a  bucket hat and for a page in my quiet book.

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The skull fabric is a Cloud 9 fabric.

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Since the jeans part seemed pretty big and empty, I used parts of the skull fabric for appliqué.

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Cut from the leftovers from cutting the oval piece.

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Let’s get that baby filled!

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Fabrics used

• Recycled jeans
• Cloud 9 Fabrics – Checkerbone, from Georgette.

Reusable bag

At the end of last year, the sewing book Zo geknipt 2 was published. And as with the first book, a sew along for the second book was organised. And I’m participating again. My first contribution: not one, but two reusable bags.

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For this project, I recycled a hand-me-down Beatles t-shirt from my hubby. Therefore, the measurements are slightly smaller than what the pattern dictates, since I needed enough t-shirt to make 1 bag.

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For lining, I wanted to use some leftover yellow cotton that would match nicely with the Yellow Submarines. Unfortunately, I did not have enough yellow fabric left. So I divided both sides in two, used the yellow fabric for the top, and added some old curtain fabric at the bottom. This way, you can only see the yellow at the top, and the curtain fabric can only be seen by those who stick their noses in my business bag.

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The triangle is bigger than what the pattern states. It measures 15 by 15, as was advised by other people participating in the sewalong. To make the triangle stand out a bit more, I reused the original t-shirt label, and I finished the edge with a decorative stitch.

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I used the same decorative stitch for the handles and the upper edge as well.

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Except for this Beatle bag, I also sewed a gnome version. This way, my little boy can carry some groceries when he comes along shopping.

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On the outside, I used Stenzo fabric with a gnome print (well, mushrooms actually, but it always makes me think of gnomes). For the inside, I had no other choice than to use red fabric with white polka dots.

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The measurements for this smaller bag are 42 high, 31 wide and 12 by 12 for the folding triangle. I made the handle slightly smaller as well, by removing 2 centimeter from the middle. And for this bag too, I used a decorative stitch to finish it all.

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Now both my guys can go grocery hunting together.

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My tips for this project:

  • Iron the seams flat after you’ve sewed the roll, and before turning the roll inside out. It will help to get the fabric in place.
  • Edge stitch the triangle, the handle and the top edge. It will help to keep the fabric in place.

Zo geknipt 2 – Sew along

If you speak Dutch and if you know how to sew, there’s no need to introduce this book anymore. The sequel to Zo geknipt, Zo geknipt 2 is out, and everybody knows it.

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When the first book was published, Jos and Tialda organised a sewalong. And when the second book was announced, the two ladies didn’t hesitate to start organizing a second sewalong. Woohoo!

I’m in, that’s for sure. I know I won’t be able to sew all recipes in the book, but I hope to complete more than I did last time. 3 wasn’t enough, that’s for sure. Not that I did not want to sew more, on the contrary, but life happened, you know. I hope I’ll get some more time to sew in 2015!

Getting the book was not as easy as it should have been. Riet and Lies, the authors, came to Ghent, but because our little guy was ill, I couldn’t make it. So, instead, I chose to order it online. The shop I ordered it from used to be good, but this time… This time they told me the book was not available in Belgium (where it’s printed), and then didn’t know what account I already paid the money too and what account they needed to refund the money too. That’s the last time I ordered something from them…

So, I ordered from a different webshop. But this time, I made a mistake and ordered the first book by accident. Aaargh! That’ll teach me to order stuff on the internet late at night. Fortunately, this shop focuses more on its user experience, made returning the book very easy for me, and sent me the second book right after I reordered. Win!

Of course I could have just entered a regular bookshop. But hey, why go for the obvious? Anyway, I’m ready now!

How about you? Are you sewing along? And did you encounter any problems to get the book?

Zo geknipt sew along – January

I know, I know. Almost halfway into February, and I’m still talking about the January sew-along. Better late than never!
I made recipe 16, a tissue box cover.
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And very last minute I still finished recipe 26, a swimming bag.
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Since then, I haven’t been sewing all too much. Renovations and stuff. And a teething (and suffering) baby. Said baby is sleeping on top of me right now. So I’m not planning on moving from the sofa soon.
Have a nice Sunday!

Day care diary

My maternity leave is coming to an end. One more week to go, and then I’ll be back at work. Which means my little boy will have to go to day care. And a little day care diary will come in pretty handy.
Leven met Liv’s blog showed me how she had made such a booklet all by herself. And she was so nice to write a tutorial for it as well. So I got going. With a bit of paper, and a cardboard rice box. Those things seem to be made to create booklets with.
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I also used the template that came with the tutorial, but I asked my hubby to work a bit of his magic, to make it look more like Nand’s card.
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I also added a manual on how to work with my boy.
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With accompanying glossary. As said before, either you are a technical writer, or you’re not.
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And then it was time to see if I had any talent to become a book binder. The answer: No. I used double basting thread, and it wasn’t the best idea. So many loose ends! And I just wasn’t able to get the whole thing perfectly alligned with the back of the cover. Where’s that helping finger when you need it?
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By the time I finished it, there were still some gaps where they weren’t supposed to be. But I just taped them up with Scotch tape. The result will do.
The original manual also showed how to make a cover. But since Recipe 17 in the Zo geknipt! book consists of a cover, I chose to make that one. More details will follow once the sew along is there.
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This morning my boy went to day care for half a day for the first time, to get used to it. Needless to say that some tears were shed. On both sides (although I saved mine for when I got back home). But the first page of his booklet has been filled out already.
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Zo geknipt! Sew along

Yay, a sew along! And not just any sew along. This one will tackle all sewing recipes from the book Zo geknipt. That’s 30 recipes!

This may require a bit of explanation. This fall, here in Belgium, we’ve been spoiled. And I mean really spoiled. Several sewing books came out, and every single one of them is a must-have. Zo geknipt is one of them.

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As of January, the sew along will start. Anyone can participate. And you don’t have to “cook” every recipe, you just choose the ones you like.

Of course, there is one restriction. The book is only available in Dutch. But who knows, if enough of you are interested, maybe one day it’ll get translated.
Since I will be participating for at least some of the recipes, you’ll find out what’s on the menu soon enough. I hope you’ll like it!