Monday, April 19, 2010


I've noticed lots of teenagers walking around with the cutest messager bags.  So, here I go with another "project".  This pattern was purchased from the local fabric store.  It is Burda's  #8235:

And here's how it turned out:

I had a few left over fabrics laying around so I pinned a flower that I previously blogged about here.  For this bag, I did not put a magnetic closure since I wanted it to be reversible to a cute fairy fabric:

The flower can easily be un-pinned and re-pinned on the flap when the bag is turned over:

Some thoughts for future next messager bags are:  a little pouch holder for a cell phone, a pocket for a water bottle, and maybe back pockets.  This is a neat project a beginner sewer!  The sky is the limit in adding emblishments to this project...

Monday, April 12, 2010


In keeping with  "GO GREEN", making a market bag was inevitable.  I came across THE JANE MARKET BAG at this website.  The mixture of fabrics made it look "more" than the traditional market bag that I'm used to seeeing so I thought I'd give it a try.  Using collected scrap fabric along w/some good old worn out denim jeans, this is my first round of this pattern.  For this Jane Market Bag, xtra long handles were requested by my xtra tall market shopper:

This lable came from Sweetwater, my first project w/an "official" label:

The next two Jane Market Bags are made out of palaka fabric, a popular print here in Hawaii that comes in many colors, rice bag prints that takes me back to my childhood (almost everyone in  my home town had some kind of clothing made out of the ever so durable rice bag fabric), and last but not least, one of my favorite fabric, old used denim. 

Already had many compliments from the super market workers on the Jame Market Bag.....maybe because they noticed the rice bag fabric from their youth, or have some kind of palaka fabric Hawaiian apparel in their closet, or maybe they, like me, appreciate anything recycled and homemade.

Bags have nice deep pocks both front and back for keys, cell phone, etc:

Like them?  Oh, just found out there's a group for the Jane Market Bags on if you want to see more of them....Lots of pretty fabric combinations!

Monday, April 5, 2010


Here's another MARKET TOTE I made using this pattern from Sweetwater (I'm a Sweetwater fan!) I got from The Fat Quarter Shop on-line and my delicious cotton canvas fabric I recently rec'd from here.

LOVE this pattern!  The dimensions are perfect for me.  I'm thinking maybe a beach/pool/sleepover bag for this one.  My daughter "borrowed" it for a day and it really fit her well.  She insisted that she needed to "advertise" for me.  Maybe next time I'll try long straps on both ends so she can wear it like a messenger bag......Lots of room for her binder and school stuff. 

Can't wait to make more.  Oh wait, I did make more, I made one more:

Now I have two lovely Sweetwater Market Totes: