Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hot Pink Wheelchair & Bag



Here's the latest wheelchair bag I've made.  It's a very simple tote with two velcro straps.  There's one large pocket between the straps on the front.  Inside I've added a large zipper pocket, and a large open pocket.

 It fits the chair perfectly!!  This bag was simple to make.  I used black for the lining with a pink bottom insert, and the bright camouflage in the inside of the pockets.

The lady was really pleased as the bag matched her wheelchair perfectly.  There was some joking that she should get pink mittens for the winter.  I think she was aiming for the Barbie Look!  We both had a chuckle over that!

Don't you just love the color of her chair!!


Monday, November 16, 2015

The Perfect Tote Tutorial

 The Perfect Tote Tutorial is by Shannon Brinkley.  She is an amazing young woman, so unique, and wonderfully gifted.  This is just one of her bags.  Don't you just love it?!!

Shannon also has a new line of fabric.  You will want to check it out!!

The tote tutorial can be found right here on Shannon Brinkley.


Monday, November 9, 2015

The Necessary Clutch Wallet


This stylish wallet features a twist lock providing security for your belongings.

The border detail provides stiffness to the flap in addition to adding a more professional look.

The center pocket fold is 1" wide which will accommodate a cell phone, sunglasses, what-have-you!  There are 5 slots in total, and one zipper pocket, as well as 12 slots for business/credit cards.  The finished size is length 8" across the bottom, height 4" and depth 1" wide at bottom.

The Necessary Clutch Wallet can be found at Emmaline Bags.  It would certainly make  a fantastic gift!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

POTHOLDERS MADE FROM SCRAPS - WITHOUT BINDING!

Nothing like new potholders! I  added a grommet to each one. 

You probably recognize the fabric from the little bag I just made.

INSTRUCTIONS
1.) Sew strips of fabric together to make two  10" squares.    Cut 2 back pieces - 10" x 10".
2.)  Add quilt batting to the back side of the front.  I used only one layer, but two can be used if you wish.  Pin in place.
3.) Quilt the front -  straight lines.   Click on the picture  to see the lines.
4.)Place the insul-brite (same size) on to the back  of the front & batting piece, shiny side facing away from the front.  You could add this  as in step 2 with the batting and then  go ahead with the straight line quilting.5.  Place the back piece on  the front, right sides facing.  Pin all the pieces in place to prevent shifting of the fabric.   6.)  Sew a 1/8" around the outside, leaving a 2" opening.  7.) Turn it right side out,  pressing the small open area seams inward. Line them up with the closed area. 8.) Sew around the potholder  using a 1/4 "seam allowance.  9.) Sew down each strip seam, called stitch in the ditch.  You can see how it is done HERE! 10.)  Measure for each grommet and add. 

 Note:

 - When adding the grommets,  have BOTH potholders facing up the same way ( the pieces running in the same direction).  HERE  is a good tutorial for grommets.

I hope this  tutorial is simple to understand!  Potholders are fairly easy to make, and quick.  I really like this  way of making them, as I don't have to attempt binding.

They would really make a nice little gift!

Thank you for visiting!

Linda


Friday, October 30, 2015

CHRISTMAS MUG RUG













A simple mug rug!  Make one or as many as you like!  I quilted my four mug rugs because I like the look, and added the binding in a way that is easy for me! You can find the tutorial for the mug rugs  HERE. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sew Together Bag


The Ta-Daah is my introduction to a "finally" finished bag!  Hope you like it!  (I've taken off the green buttons...didn't do anything for it!

The pattern for this can be found on Craftsy!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Baby's Crib Quilt



The crib quilt is very similar to the other quilt I made, except it was smaller, for a stroller.  I used the same fabrics/charm pack, but used a different pattern for this one.  I won't give you the pattern as there is an error in it, and if you look closely, you will be able to see it!  Have fun!! : )  I reported the error, but I'm not sure whether they have corrected it.

Next comes the crib skirt, and I was thinking a  white eyelet fabric would look nice.  Perhaps I'll make a long pillow (round/oblong) to use...no soft stuff though.   What do you think?

THE POUCH

                                                                                                                                                         
This is a new pouch, which I completed a couple of days ago!  It has a front pocket with flap, zipper
pocket on the outer back,  two inner pockets, and a zipper closure.  It's just the right size to use as a clutch or as a pouch.  It's approximately  10" x 5 3/4".

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Lipstick Pouch!


I recently had a bunch of fabric given to me, including this lipstick fabric   I just love it!.  I added the pink as it was the only fabric I had that really matched.   There still enough of the lipstick fabric left over  to make a tote bag or even a couple of cosmetic pouches!

 This is pretty well your basic pouch, certainly nothing fancy.   I originally was going to make a pouch with two pleats, but  I didn't have enough fabric, so had to scrap that idea!!

I was thinking how it is so much easier and quicker to make pouches.  It's sure different than even a few years ago, when I would have to keep checking back to see what the next step was.   (Can't believe I'm saying this, but zippers and binding are easy as well).  There are still mistakes made, and the old seam ripper is put to work, but I  enjoy sewing.

It seems like quilting captivated me for a while.  Although I'm making another quilt, I would like to sew  tote bags or purses again.

I've added a large pocket to the inside of the pouch.  I used a checkered fabric in the inside, which is totally against "matching fabrics" for me, but I love it.  Hope you do to!!

What would be the ideal pouch for you?  Would you like more zipper pockets, a pocket with a flap, a long strap? or???  What about the size?


Monday, September 14, 2015

Quilt As You Go Pouch



This has got to be one of my favorite pouch tutorials.  I love how the zipper is sewn in!

  All in all it was an easy tutorial to follow.

 Again, there is binding!!  Seems I'm always talking about binding lately, but I was drawn to this pouch  exactly for that reason and because of how beautiful it is.  You can find the free tutorial right HERE. (for those new to  computers, just click on the "HERE" in blue.  It  will take you to the tutorial.                                                     

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

QUILTED TOTE BAG FOR FALL




This quilted bag has a front pocket, inner zipper pocket, and a flap.  The flap  keeps the bag and outer pocket  closed.  I added a large grommet to the flap just for design.     I don't know about you but I always like near the end of the sewing project when you turn the bag right side out... & everything has finally come together.

I used the charm bags by Missouri Quilt Company as my inspiration. I made my own charms and just added  the pockets and flap.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Gumdrop Zippered Clutch - FREE Tutorial



Goody, goody gumdrop! This cute zippered clutch combines several embellishments: ribbon, beads, and tassels. Extra long zipper-pull charms are on-trend this Fall. They can add a bit of bling to any bag, but are an especially fun accent for this clutch with its bright colors and playful pattern.

This step-by-step tutorial can be found at Sew4Home.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Apron Comeback

a·pron
ˈāprən/
noun
  1. 1.
    a protective or decorative garment worn over the front of one's clothes and tied at the back.
    synonyms:pinafore, smock, overall, bib, bib apron; More
  2. 2.
    a small area adjacent to another larger area or structure.

    "a tiny apron of garden"
The "apron" is the area of fat around the lower abdomen that tends to hang over the waistband of your pants or skirt. Lack of muscle tone and excess weight can lead to the development of a fat apron on your body.

I've had a chuckle or two over the past few days  reading the above definitions of the apron. I can especially relate to #2,  having a larger area of structure behind my apron. ( I won't comment on the apron of the garden..no sir!!.)

I did a basic search on the history of the apron, and there are some excellent articles describing the first to the present.  Seems history is repeating itself.

I found this poem of Grandma's Apron excellent for the descriptive use!  As I read it, I could only see how dirty the apron must have been by the end of the day!! How did they ever remove the stains? The ending, however, was the highlight of the whole poem!

So here it is..hope you have time to read it, and  that it brings back memories of the good ole days to those who are still young at heart !

Grandma's Apron
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears…
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.
And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.
After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men-folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
REMEMBER:
Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.
Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.
I never caught anything from an apron…But Love. (Author Unknown)

The above apron is basic...a rectangle for the apron part, front piece and ties.  If you would like the measurements I would be happy to post them.  The waistband and pockets are all quilted.

This is the first apron I've made since grade 8 high school, which was many moons ago!  I still remember my home-economics teacher.  Her name was Mrs. Cox, a very serious individual, but proficient in her profession.

Have a wonderful day!  Fall is coming soon!  Cooler weather!  Yes!!

Linda

Monday, August 17, 2015

HOT PAD TUTORIALS

Aren't these beautiful hot pads!!?  After finishing my hipster tutorial (it's off to the testers now), it's back to hot pads and potholders!  Love them!

You can find these lovelies at  PATCHWORK POSSE.

I don't know about you, but I like to sew a quick project once in awhile.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment.  These would be as the block is already made!!..or if you don't have any,  you could make some!

There are over 52 UFO ( unfinished object) quilt blocks on this site so check it out.  If you would like your projects posted, please send your pics to lindaspears49@gmail.com

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A SIMPLE INEXPENSIVE BABY BLANKET - mini tutorial



Now here's a little baby blanket!  The main fabric was $1.00 m. and the flannel on the back was $4.00 m. plus the cost of Hobb's batting.  The whole project was really inexpensive!  Oh yes, the border was $3.00, and there's enough scraps to make a few patchwork potholders or mug rugs.... or what-have-you!

I quilted using squiggly lines, as I haven't had the opportunity to practice free motion quilting much, but I do like this look.

This would be a great project for a novice!   I would like to make a few more myself.  There are craft sales coming up in the fall, so these blankets would be ideal.  They would make a nice, useful baby gift as well!

Here's a few directions!  If you need any help, e-mail me at lindaspears49@gmail.com   I'd be more than happy to help.


Supplies & Directions for a 35" x 35" Blanket

1 m. of cotton
1 m. of flannel
.4 m for the 3" binding or you could sew scraps together from fabric you already have.
1 m. of Hobbs batting (don't trim)  They usually give you an inch or more extra.
Contrasting thread
Temporary adhesive spray

  • press the cotton fabric, placing it face down.. 
  • spray the back of the fabric with the adhesive spray.   
  • Add the Hobbs batting, making it approximately 1" larger than the cotton fabric.
  • Spray the adhesive lightly on the batting.  
  • Add the back piece of flannel right side up, sandwiching the batting between the two pieces. 
  •  Quilt whatever pattern you want. (I usually start down the center).
  • Square the fabric. 
  •  Zigzag around the outside edge of the blanket.
  • Cut out the binding pieces. ( There are excellent binding tutorials listed on YouTube by Craftsy Gemini as well as others).
The binding is really non-life threatening!  I'm able to do a better job after a few blankets...it takes practice!  Infact I'll let you in on a little secret...I really enjoy hand sewing the binding on now.  I find it so relaxing!   If I can do it you can too!  Happy sewing!

Friday, August 7, 2015

PATCHWORK BAG "WindMill" - Free Tutorial



This patchwork bag "WindMill" consists of numerous little triangles, but the end result of sewing these together is one beautiful bag!!

The inner lining has several large pockets.  The two tone straps unquestionably  make a statement, along with the center patchwork.

This free picture  tutorial can be found HERE.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

SITES FEATURING SEWING & CRAFT PROJECTS

Ladies, there is a wealth of information on this site for getting your blog seen.  

Check out  Threading My Way.  Pam shares with us the various sites where  sewing and crafting projects can be featured.  She also shares her own personal results with many of them.


Even if you're not interested in having your projects featured, you may find some new- to- you sites that are full of ideas and inspiration.  Enjoy!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Patchwork Potholders WITH BINDING!

I remember awhile ago posting potholders without binding! I had tried sewing  binding on mug rugs and potholders, but it was by machine and the top-stitching never lined up with the back. I gave up and put them in a drawer with some other unfinished projects.

If you've been following my blog you are aware I've just completed my first quilt, and you know what goes around the outside!! Yes, binding! What was I going to do?  Well, when needing an answer I usually just go to You Tube now.

 I found two excellent tutorials by Crafty Gemini. Her tutorials were so easy to follow and she has an interesting way of explaining things. "Pretty sides touching" is one phrase I recall right now ...so simple and retainable.

I was able to hand sew the binding on the first and second quilt, and although I don't profess to being an expert I think I'm getting the hang of it. I actually enjoyed the process!   I still had to go back several times to watch how to fold the corners, and join the end pieces.

 So here's the patchwork potholders I made! The binding is not perfect by any means.  Next time I would use a wider binding, as the potholders are thicker with the two layers of batting and the insul-brite batting.  A couple of the corners were also too pointy!

I would like to encourage all who are nervous regarding sewing on binding to  go for it.  You can find the You Tube videos by Crafty Gemini HERE and HERE..  It's like anything else, just takes some practice!


Here's a written tutorial for the binding... an excellent one!  You can find it on Craftsy,

       
                                                                                                          These two potholders I  started  several months ago, but didn't finish them.  They were were just too big at 9"x 9".  Last evening I took the binding off, which was only sewn on one side anyway, and made them smaller .... 8"x 8"...... the perfect size!  I added a grommet to each one, and they're now considered finished!


Friday, July 31, 2015

Helen Shoulder Bag - New PDF Pattern





S.O.T.A.K  HANDMADE has just released this new pdf  pattern called the helen shoulder bag.

The bag is 12.5" wide x 12" tall x 3" deep.

This beautiful bag can be found  HERE.  Check it out ladies!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FREE PHOBE BAG TUTORIAL


                                                                                                                                                                                                           



                                                                                                     
 This bag has been posted for quite some time on the internet, but I really like it.  I wanted to share it with anyone who hasn't seen it!   It's a medium sized bag.  I added a inside zipper pocket. A zipper closure on the top would be great as well.  It was easy & quick to make!  Check out this Phobe Bag Tutorial at Artsy-Crafty Babe!


Friday, July 17, 2015

Baby Stroller Quilt


Here's the "just completed" baby stroller quilt for my neighbor's baby!  I really enjoyed making it.

 It was recommended by our instructor not to use a striped fabric for the backing, but I had already purchased it, and liked it so much.  I decided to use it anyway.  Knowing that it could possibly shift, I quilted down the center  to secure the fabric.  It worked as the stripes are all straight on the backing.  Not that the lines lines up on the two sides..just a bit out! ; )

This is the first time I've done sashing.  I didn't do it as directed either.  I used one long piece on each side, as I had already sewn the rows together when I realized my mistake.  I'm not sure whether that is acceptable in the quilting world, but it worked this time.  I couldn't imagine taking the rows apart to add one small strip to each end of the rows.

This quilting course was offered on Craftsy, called  PIECE PATCH QUILT, Basic Quilt Making Skills.  You can find it right HERE.  As are all the Craftsy courses, this is an excellent one
.Good idea to keep your fingers away from the needle when using a walking foot.  I found out the hard way.  I was daydreaming while sewing straight lines, and somehow my finger got under the needle. The needle went through my nail and the side of my finger!  Yikes!  I've never done that before and hope never to do it again!  It all happened so quickly!!  I had just changed the needle!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Couldn't Resist Posting This Free Tutorial










I'm honestly taking a break, but I saw this beautiful bag!  Don't you just love it?  The patchwork is amazing as well as the fabric. Look at the size.!  This is a FREE tutorial!

You can find it at Tilda's World or  A Spoonful of Sugar.

Okay,  officially back on my break!  : )
Enjoy!

Blessings,
Linda

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

2 WEEK VACATION!

Doesn't this look inviting?  I wish!!  I've decided to take a 2 week vacation from blogging.

I will, however, continue to be available for any questions/inquiries regarding my tutorials on Craftsy.  If you haven't seen them, they can be found right HERE

Have a great summer!  See you later!

Blessings,
Linda

Thursday, June 25, 2015

FABRIC CHARGING STATION




 This is a quick and easy tutorial!  I wouldn't hang the station on a plug in  receptacle though, but rather use a wall hook of some kind, next to the plug in!

  I seem to always have my cell,  along with the cord,  on the kitchen counter.   A nuisance of sorts if you are needing counter space.  That is actually what inspired me to make this.

This easy to follow tutorial can be found at  Positively Splendid.


My First Canadiana Baby Quilt

I just completed a baby quilt, which is my first  ever.  It was really difficult to decide on the fabrics, as well as the pattern.

 I'm not sure of the baby's gender at this point, so I just went ahead with what fabrics you see here. They are not very babyish, other than the little yellow birds.  My daughter and I had a good laugh, as she thought they were bunnies. Time for glasses Honey! : )

The pattern is called the Americana Baby Quilt. I really love Americans, but I'm going to call it the Canadiana Baby Quilt, just cuz!  I know you'll understand!  It's on Craftsy, and you can find it HERE!  It is fairly easy to make, and there are many great binding tutorials out there.  I found some excellent ones on You Tube, and one on Craftsy.

This quilt transpired through news last week that I'm going to be a great grandmother in the near future!  It seems a bit different than a grandmother. This time round, it's all new. There's a quietness, a peace I feel in anticipation of a new baby.

 I remember the days when my granddaughter was little, with me pushing her around the back yard in her little yellow pedal car, playing hide and seek, racing down the hallway with her in the laundry basket, or singing and dancing together in the living-room!  It's just not something I feel inspired or look forward to doing again!  I think I will just pass over the scepter to my daughter, and accept my new position!

Those years with my granddaughter, however, were the most wonderful years of my life which I will cherish FOREVER!  Can you believe it, I'm crying...Oh boy!


 Have a awesome day ladies!

Blessings,
Linda



Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Beginnings of a Quilt


Just the beginnings of another quilt.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do!

I thought I could make some blocks and cut out the pictures in the panel and incorporate them all into a quilt?

There are some excellent tutorials on You Tube for making blocks.  I've never attempted one until the other day.  Infact I never ever, ever thought I would enter the land of quilting!  Beware ladies, quilting has a powerful drawing force!  : )





I'm not too fond of the little vehicle on the panel for some reason, but maybe I could cut the vehicle and clouds out, and move the sun over.  The phone, typewriter, and radio could be used for mug rugs?  Do you have any suggestions/ideas?

I found the block pattern on You Tube  HERE!  This is Wishes Quilt along Block One: Flying Kite - Fat Quarter Shop.  I believe there's 12 different block tutorials!  This is an excellent tutorial with print-out instructions as well as the video.


Wheelchair Bag Tutorial

  This wheelchair bag tutorial has been revised and tested.  I will be posting the Craftsy link later today.

 This bag was originally made for a lady with a wheelchair having small wheels. You will need at least 11" from the bottom of the arm of the chair down to the top of the wheel to accommodate this bag.

If you are considering purchasing the tutorial, then I suggest you first measure the wheelchair. The bag is 10" x 10" with a 2" gusset.

AND....

I've included a mini tutorial for this 10" x 10" navy blue bag, showing the how to's for the gathered pocket,  the inside bottle tab.   and the 3" gusset. Being wider, you will have to consider the width of the chair, and whether there will be enough room to go through a doorway.  Some chairs are wider than others!

Thanks!  See you later!




Tuesday, June 9, 2015

SHORE BAG - FREE TUTORIAL






Stitch up a tote that is sturdy, roomy, and just plain adorable!

You can find this free tutorial at allpeoplequilt.com.

There are plenty of other free downloads  as well!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Free Tote Bag Tutorial



Asymmetrical bags are my favorite!  Here's  one I completed about two weeks ago.

There is an inside zipper pocket on one side, and a large open pocket on the other, which  I divided  into two.

The straps have an a bit of asymmetrical work on them.    I added a "Beautiful" label to the front of the bag, as I really like the look of a label.

This free tote bag tutorial/pattern can be found at Haberdashery Fun.





Saturday, May 30, 2015

CRAZY QUILTS

I was thinking of the name Crazy Quilts for the class being offered on Craftsy, wondering why they would associate such a beautiful art with the word "crazy".  Since I haven't yet taken the course, I'll have to leave it at "wondering".  Perhaps it's because nothing makes sense, yet as you work at it, it becomes increasingly lovely?..and that's crazy?  Okay, okay...just  surmising!!



These two projects, the pillow and the eye glass purse, were made by Sue Goodfellow.  Don't you just love her work!  

For the cushion, Sue printed the center image onto cotton fabric. She then cut the image into a five-sided shape, adding the asymmetrical patchwork pieces.  The fabric was embellished with with lace, beads, and embroidery.

 Sue didn't use a pattern, but she had previously taken a class with Allie Aller on Craftsy, called Crazy Quilts.  

Allie, the instructor, gave her the inspiration to have a go at these projects.  What a lovely work evolved!  Wouldn't you agree?

If you would like to know how to work with different fabrics like velvet and silk, play with hand-embroidered seam treatments, and much more,  then check out the Crazy Quilts class.  You can find it  HERE! 

Thank you Sue for the inspiration in sharing your lovely work!

Monday, May 18, 2015

QUILT-AS-YOU-GO TOTE BAG - Video Tutorials

An easy quilting project with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co and Vanessa of Crafty Gemini.  They show us how to make an easy quilt-as-you-go tote bag, using jelly roll strips. 
There are two free video tutorials, and you can find them #1 HERE and  #2 HERE.

Love these bags!  Look at that fabric!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

BEACH BAG - Free Tutorial


This  stylish on-the-go beach tote bag has rope handles with grommets all around the top, making it easy to open.  You can load up a  few towels and important beach gear, and head for the beach.

The bag is made of canvas and hosts outside pockets 

I really like the fabric, as well as the clean lines!  What do you think?  What colors would you use?

The tutorial can be found at Sew 4 Home.

Friday, May 8, 2015

OVERNIGHT DUFFEL BAG - Free Tutorial



This is a simple duffel pattern with oval ends, side pockets accented with wrap around straps.  There's no need for lining or  having to cover the seams with binding.

The bag measures approximately 20" x 10"

You can find this free tutorial/pattern at The Stitching Scientist.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Boho Sling Bag Tutorial - Free






Another free tutorial!  Check it out HERE at The Destashification Project.

 The Boho Sling Bag  can be made plain or fancy.  It's a sewing project for everyone from the novice to the expert.  Make it plain or take a few extra steps, and make a patch bag!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

ASYMMETRICAL COLOR BLOCK TOTE - Free Tutorial




These beautiful bags are made by Marni at Haberdashery Fun!  I love the asymmetrical color blocking!  Each bag has 4 colors. 

The free tutorial can be found  HERE at Sew Mama Sew.



So here is my version of the bag. I love the way Marni made hers, but I wanted to make a few changes. The slanted flap is my favorite.  I wasn't sure whether it would work, but it did. I'm really glad I added this.   The straps are long and light, and I love the asymmetrical color blocks on them, and the bag.

 I used Hobb's batting for the interfacing.  I wanted to do a little quilting (straight lines) on the bag as well.  The colors are really bold, especially the yellow.  This cotton bag is really light, and feels much like parachute material made squishy.

I added a large inside zipper pocket just because I like closed pockets in my bags.

  The big silver button adds the finishing touch!

I plan on making a few more bags, Marni's version!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

WALKER OR CARRY-ALL BAG


Do you recognize the fabric?  This is a totally different bag though.  There's not a  flap on the front.  There are two separate straps...two for a carry-all, and two walker straps.  The carry-all straps add support to the bag, by going around the bottom and up the sides.  The lady who ordered the bag wanted both..

The bag has loads of pockets.. two outer (one on each side), two large, deep inner pockets, and a large zipper pocket.

 I added a magnetic closure on the bag , and  velcro to the outer pocket.  The bottom of the bag has a removable insert.

This again would  be suitable for a wheelchair as well as walker, depending on the wheel size of the chair of course.

  For the bottom insert for the bag, I actually found some material at  Home Hardware that is plastic mesh.  It is covered with two sheets of plastic, and it is strong!   It works really well and certainly serves the purpose.  The plastic can even be cut with scissors.

This was a special order for a lady, and I'm hoping she will like it.  She requested the same fabric as I used for the other bag.

Monday, April 20, 2015

PLEATED POUCH

I just finished making this pouch this morning!  I've wanted to try making one with a pleat, so I did.  There's a pleat in the back as well.  I winged it and it worked!  Even the dots somehow lined up, no thanks to me!! : )

The only thing I would do differently is put two pleats in next time, and use a different color!

I also made some new labels last night, as I like adding them to my sewing projects.  Another favorite of mine are big buttons!  So what do you think?  Do you know how much courage that takes to ask?  : )