Bungalow Bag

I have a great diaper bag. The only problem with it is that it is full of diapers. And crayons. And a couple of snacks. And hand sanitizer. And a baby sling.

But lately, with my youngest now two years old, I have begun to imagine a magical, mythical future where my bag has things like lipstick (I think I still have some somewhere),  money (I wish I still had some) and empty space (I want some!).

Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
Check out that pattern matching.

Do I decided to sew an anti-diaper bag. It will not be waterproof to keep the messes in. It will not be black so that I can ask my husband to carry it for me. It will not attach conveniently to my stroller. It will be small and pretty  and not have room to carry a menagerie of toy animals.

Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
Yes, there is another bird on the back. I promise the bag really isn’t crooked – it’s just a trick of the camera.

I used the Two Zip Hipster by Dog Under My Desk. It’s a great pattern that makes a real, professionally finished bag.

Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
I used green fabric for the lining. I love that there is such a good contrast.
Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
The front pocket is also lined in green.

I would rate the pattern as intermediate to advanced. Nothing is particularly difficult, but it’s a very detailed pattern. This pattern uses 11 pattern pieces for the exterior, 7 for the lining, 15 of interfacing, plus hardware. There are 15 pages of really great instructions.

Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
The pattern has an adjustable strap with real metal hardware.
Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
The zipper has a matching pull tab.

I also think that to do a really good job, you need a quarter-inch presser foot, a stitch-in-the-ditch foot and a good quilting ruler. These are all basic quilting tools, but not necessarily what an apparel sewist might have on hand. Everything needs to be done in a very precise manner to get good results, and these tools help a lot.

I used fabric from the Bungalow collection by Joel Dewberry. I love the colours – so vibrant! So hard to find thread to match. And the birds are really cute. Yes, I put a bird on it!

Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
There is an inner pocket that you can customize for what you need to carry with you.

This is not a quick project, but the results are so, so great. I will definitely be making another (probably without birds).

Project Summary

Pattern Review: Two Zip Hipster by Dog Under My Desk.
Fabric: Swallow Study in Lavender, Empress in Grassland, and Stripes in Lavender from the Bungalow collection by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit, courtesy Warp & Weft (now closed).
Finished size: 11” tall, 9” wide, 1.5” deep.
Cost: Pattern: 12$.
Project Sewing Level: Intermediate to advanced.
Modifications: None.
Results: Great.

Two Zip Hipster bag sewing pattern by Dog Under My Desk, sewn by The Finished Garment.
I love the colours, but it did make it especially hard to match the thread and zippers.

Forest Birds – A Wildwood Blog Hop

The air is crisp and the leaves are falling. So it’s the perfect time for a fall blog hop.

Fabric from the Wildwood collection, sewing by The Finished Garment.
Ready for the world.
Fabric from the Wildwood collection, sewing by The Finished Garment.
The whole look.

The Warp & Weft Sewing Society have all pitched in to showcase the latest fabric collection by Canadian surface designer Elizabeth Owen. The collection is called Wildwood, and it’s a really quite pretty. The inspiration for the collection was the wild woods of story books, so I was excited to see what would be in my Warp & Weft delivery.

I decided to start with the story of Hansel and Gretel for inspiration, and so I made an outfit for my own “Gretel”, Kid No 1.

Fabric from the Wildwood collection, sewing by The Finished Garment.
I really like this colour combo.

I made a simple panel skirt in Essex linen. The pattern is from Collection privée filles & garçons by Atsuko Maruyama and Noriko Onoda (a French translation of the Japanese pattern book シンプル&デサイン おんなの子服 おとこの子服 ). The book contains 27 patterns available in sizes 90-140 cm. I made the “#12 Jupe à panneaux” (panel skirt) in size 120. Then I used the Wildwood print to make a matching blouse, McCall’s 6388, using some blue solid for contrast.

Fabric from the Wildwood collection, sewing by The Finished Garment.
I really like the buttons on the blouse.
Fabric from the Wildwood collection, sewing by The Finished Garment.
The skirt is a simple panel skirt, and linen has just the right weight.

And of course Gretel needs a bag to carry her breadcrumbs, so I added a small satchel, the “#7 Sac tube” (tube bag), also from Collection privée filles & garçons. The bag is made in linen and lined with the Wildwood print.

A simple bag from a Japanese pattern book, sewn by The Finished Garment
I love the simplicity of the bag.
A simple bag from a Japanese pattern book, sewn by The Finished Garment
Hey, what’s in here?
Bird ornaments, from Last Minute Patchwork Gifts, sewn by The Finished Garment
Look what I found!

That meant that only one thing was missing – birds! I couldn’t count on the local wildlife to pop in for my photo shoot, so I made three little birds using the pattern from Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts, and the leftover scraps from the other pieces.

Bird ornaments, from Last Minute Patchwork Gifts, sewn by The Finished Garment
I like the blue bird best.
Bird ornaments, from Last Minute Patchwork Gifts, sewn by The Finished Garment
These are quite small, and the pattern is quick, but a little finicky.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit the other amazing sewists on our blog hop!

Warp & Weft Sewing Society
A Warp & Weft Sewing Society project

Warp & Weft Wildwood Blog Hop

September 26 – Carla from My 1/2 Dozen Daily
September 27 – Cynthia from Cynthiaf
September 28 – Lysa from Lysa Flower
September 29 – Cathy from Blueberry Patch
September 30 – Esmari from Warp & Weft
October 1 – Me!
October 2 – Heidi from Elegance & Elephants
October 3 – Sherri from Thread Riding Hood

Bird ornaments, from Last Minute Patchwork Gifts, sewn by The Finished Garment
So small!

Summary

Patterns:

  • Blouse: McCall’s 6388 available in sizes 2-8, but now out-of-print. I made the size 6.
  • Skirt and bag: From Collection privée filles & garçons by Atsuko Maruyama and Noriko Onoda (a French translation of the Japanese pattern book シンプル&デサイン おんなの子服 おとこの子服 ). The book contains 27 patterns available in sizes 90-140 cm. I made the “#12 Jupe à panneaux” (panel skirt) in size 120, and the “#7 Sac tube” (tube bag).
  • Bird ornament: From Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.

Fabric: 

Sewing Level: Confident beginner.
Modifications: I shortened the skirt, by 2″.
Results: Great!

Ocean Waves Zip Bag

This is something I made a while ago, but never blogged. This is a gift I made for my mother, a little zip bag. It’s actually part of a set I made. There is also a coin purse and a larger tote. But I was sewing these up the week before Christmas and had no time for a photo session.

I used the Perfect Zip Bag pattern by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson! It’s great pattern that I’ve used before with great results. I colour-blocked this version, using black chambray and a Japanese-inspired print that I picked up as a fat quarter at a nearby quilt shop.

Perfect Zip Bag sewing pattern by Oh, Fransson!, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
This is the Perfect Zip Bag sewing pattern by Oh, Fransson!
Perfect Zip Bag sewing pattern by Oh, Fransson!, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The bag has a cute little wrist strap.
Perfect Zip Bag sewing pattern by Oh, Fransson!, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
I used a black chambray and a print I picked up as a fat quarter at a local quilt shop.
Perfect Zip Bag sewing pattern by Oh, Fransson!, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
This bag is currently being used to hold a portable knitting kit.
Perfect Zip Bag sewing pattern by Oh, Fransson!, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
I used Anne Keelle’s Argyle in Steel to line the bag. It’s one of my favourite prints.
Perfect Zip Bag sewing pattern by Oh, Fransson!, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
I love how the zipper is finished in this pattern. So tidy!

Summary

Pattern Review: Perfect Zip Bag pattern by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson!

Fabric: Black chambray, unknown wave print. The lining is Argyle in Steel from the Remix Collection by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman. The interlining is canvas.

Size: Small (View A)

Sewing Level: Beginner.

Modifications: I colour-blocked the exterior.

Results: Great. I would strongly recommend this pattern and would make it again.

Princess Leia Takes Gym Class

Well, if one kid was going to have a new gym bag for back-to-school, I certainly couldn’t let the other kid feel left out. And since there was plenty of fabric left over from her pencil case, I decided that a Star-Wars themed gym bag would be a good plan.

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I’m A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment

This is a super easy pattern (and free!). It’s also very quick to sew.

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
I used green cording to match the lining.

I wanted to use bright colours, but I also wanted it to be practical. I think the purple should wear well.

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
I used Ovals in Lime from the Remix collection by Anne Kelle for the lining. Nice and bright.

My daughter helped pick all the fabric. And I think she did a great job.

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
I’m glad the Star Wars fabric doesn’t only coordinate with dark colours. Star Wars and purple don’t always go together, but they do here. Yeah, grommets!

Again, the only (barely) hard part was putting in the grommets. I did a practice run first, but these were no problem at all.

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I’m A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment

Summary

Pattern Review: Jeni Gym Bag tutorial by Katy Jones of I’m A Ginger Monkey.

Fabric:

  • Character Names in Multi from the Star Wars II collection by Lucasfilm Ltd. and TM for Camelot Cottons.
  • Kona solid (could this be Plum?) by Robert Kaufman.
  • Ovals in Lime from the Remix collection by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman.

Sizes: One size fits most. The finished bag is 14″ x 17″.

Sewing Level: Beginner.

Modifications: None.

Results: Great.

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
A little big, but room to grow.

Just to be clear: The Star Wars name is trademarked by Lucasfilm Ltd. and used by the fabric manufacturer under licence. The gym bag shown here is not an official licensed product and is not available for sale. But you can always buy some fabric and make your own!

Seven Seas Gym Bag

Warp & Weft Sewing Society
A Warp & Weft Sewing Society project

This year I did quite a bit of back-to-school sewing. With two kids in school there is just so much to buy, so it’s nice to be able to make something as well.

The Fabric

I started off with six fat quarters from the Seven Seas collection by Michéle Brummer Everett for Cloud9 Fabrics, courtesy Warp & Weft Exquisite Textiles. The prints I chose are Laddies Poppets, Sea Critters, and The Fleet in Grey. These are just so darn cute! When my little boy saw them he was over the moon. These are really fun prints and the fabric is organic, which is always nice.

Laddies Poppets, Sea Critters, and The Fleet in Gray from the Seven Seas collection by Michéle Brummer Everett for Cloud9 Fabrics, courtesy Warp & Weft Exquisite Textiles.
The Before shot: Laddies Poppets, Sea Critters, and The Fleet in Grey from the Seven Seas collection by Michéle Brummer Everett for Cloud9 Fabrics, courtesy Warp & Weft Exquisite Textiles.

The Pattern

I used the Jeni Gym Bag tutorial by Katy Jones of I’m A GingerMonkey.

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I’m A GingerMonkey

This is a free online tutorial (with a super convenient PDF download). The directions are very clear and easy to follow.

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
Looks a bit like a superhero cape when it’s empty.

The tutorial makes a lined drawstring bag that is kid-sized. It’s a little big on my 5-year-old but not so big it looks silly. Just big enough that it will last a while though.

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
I used The Fleet in Grey to line the bag.

I used white cording for the drawstring, but you could also use ribbon, homemade bias binding stitched closed, etc.

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
Easy for little hands to open.

There is plenty of room inside for sneakers and a change of clothes.

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
Love how one of the little poppets appears to have already walked the plank!

The toughest part of the pattern was installing grommets (which really were not that hard to install). Much easier than eyelets, if you’ve ever had to use those, because the grommets are so much larger and more stable when you whack them with a hammer. You do need a special grommet tool though.

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
Another shot of my awesome grommet.

My son really likes the sea creatures and the colours. It’s really hard to find fabric for boys that isn’t too babyish, or too serious, or too dark. These prints are bright and fun and and the bag was a big hit.

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
Just one more grommet pic. Really though, check out that great grommet!

I’m really happy with this bag. It’s just so much cuter than anything I could buy in the store. And it was super quick to make. In case, ahem, you have to make one the day before school starts because your summer was just too crazy (just saying).

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I’m A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment

Summary

Pattern Review: Jeni Gym Bag tutorial by Katy Jones of I’m A GingerMonkey.

Fabric: Laddies Poppets, Sea Critters, and The Fleet in Grey from the Seven Seas collection by Michéle Brummer Everett for Cloud9 Fabrics, courtesy Warp & Weft Exquisite Textiles.

Sizes: One size fits most. The finished bag is 14″ x 17″.

Sewing Level: Beginner.

Modifications: None.

Results: Great.

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
Well now, what could this be?

Once the rightful owner was conveniently out of the way, there was some unauthorized testing. (And no, I do not normally allow my infant children to play with drawstring bags for obvious reasons).

The Jeni Gym Bag sewing pattern by I'm A GingerMonkey, sewn by The Finished Garment
“Mine!”