I love Sew Together bags!

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I’ve only made two so far, but I absolutely LOVE making these bags!

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I mean, just look at how cool they are.

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The pattern is by Sew Demented and can be bought on Craftsy. It’s a great pattern. If you’re afraid of zippers I would say try this pattern, the zipper ends are hidden by the sides! (Don’t jusdge the TP in the background… I ran out of tissues and my allergies have been kicking lately.)

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There are lots and lots of photos in the pattern, and lots of options for the exterior so you can really make it personal.

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And, since both of these bags were given away, so clearly I must make more!!!

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Purple Patchwork Cargo Duffel

In the midst of summer, and all it’s fun, I whipped up a Cargo Duffel among other things I have yet to blog about.

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I absolutely love it! There will definitely be more of these.

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I did make a few changes, which are:

– I used 2 layers of cotton batting in all the pieces of the main part of the bag.

– Linen was my interior fabric, no canvas.

– I added 10 inches to the strap length, I prefer a longer strap.

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I also made a matching triple zip (which I made 2 inches longer than the tutorial) for the inside. I used my snap press to attach it to the inside of the bag, that way it can be removed. My secret sister I made it for requested lots of pockets, so I needed to improvise 🙂

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I also used a baby corduroy for the bottom of the bag, I really like how this turned out. I really feel like it added more to the bottom, and hopefully it won’t wear out as fast as quilting cotton.

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I’m telling you, this one was a little hard to give away. But, she absolutely LOVED it, so that made it much easier!

In September…

I went on my first quilt retreat, awesomeness!!

Sorry, not everyone is pictured.

I turned the big 30. Yea, it wasn’t that big of a deal.

I made my first triple zip. Love it.

I finished my first mystery quilt. Took forever and a day.

I made my first purse, and hope to get the pattern together soon.

I went to find some family members.

I played lots with the cutest kids.

How has the beginning of your fall been??

Atlanta Bound with a New Boxie

I’m pretty excited, my husband and I are headed to Atlanta!

Today we’re driving to my Dad’s to drop off the kids (oh yea!), and tomorrow morning we’re flying out. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever been on a plane with my husband, not that that’s a big deal or anything, just a thought. (and a run on sentence, geez….)

Either way, I love going new places!!

We’re traveling out there because it’s Thirty One’s National Conference, and it’s the first one I’m going to. So very excited! I didn’t go last year because I was only with the company for about 2 months and couldn’t really justify it at that point. But this year it was almost a MUST!

And, what’s a little traveling without some new digs??

I made this beauty to house my knitting project (I can’t travel without a project – or 2).

Followed the (No Guts) Boxie Pouch Tutorial, and I loved it! I did make a few adjustments:
1) I used woven interfacing instead of lightweight. I like pouches with a little more umph. 
2) I cut the pieces for the tabs at 1 1/2 inches by 3 inches instead of 1 by 3. I wanted my tabs a little longer.

Did I mention that it’s the perfect size for my knitting project!

I absolutely love it, and am most definitely making lots more. My oldest daughter has already made a request (requirement is more like it) that I make her one as well.

Most favorite part of this tutorial is that the inside is completely finished – NO unfinished seams!! The inside is so cute, I’m tempted to turn the whole thing inside out and take a picture.

We pulled these fabrics, they’d make some really cute Boxies don’t you think?!

My First Pouch!

Yes, I am a little behind the wagon with cute stuff to make. And, I usually skip the easier things to make in the process of learning a new craft. For whatever reason, I go big or go home (not always intentionally).

Anyway, on to the pouch:

How cute is that??

It is a present for a very special 9 year old in our daughter’s life (aka: her bestie from birth). I asked my daughter what her friend likes: nail polish.

Naturally we just had to make her a cute little pouch to carry these nail polishes in! I hope she loves it, and since she’s not the ‘everything must be pink’ kind of girl I’m thinking these colors are right up her alley.

I used the zipper end cover that Florence at flossieteacakes did on her pouch tutorial (her pouch is adorable!).

I changed this up a bit, and squared off the bottoms so it would sit well with the nail polish in it. I wanted to quilt it, and I think I definitely need to use double batting, or quilt both the outside and the lining. Other than that, I am really excited about making some more!

Very happy with how it turned out.