4 Sewing

◙▒◙♫♩♬ (“Jazz for Autumn”, a Spotify playlist playing…)

Good afternoon. It’s 2:25 p.m. here. I haven’t made any big progress on my new cowl WIP which is why I haven’t posted lately for Year of Projects. In addition, I totally avoided the cards this week so I had nothing to post about. However, I slated this weekend for sewing and I just finished the projects today!

In early August, I bought this fabric on Etsy, in Spindle and Rose. My BFF’s oldest daughter, a fourth grader, is into sea life right now. Isn’t this material kawaii? I love those little, baby whales in the print.

I used a rotary cutter for the first time, passed down from my mama. I was nervous to use it and all worried about how to cut this large print. I don’t know how long it took me to cut two pieces out. Inside lines a heavy, red cotton.

The Deets:

  • I loosely followed Something Turquoise‘s tutorial again.
  • cut dimensions: 17″ tall x 18.25″ wide
  • ½” seam allowances for one vertical side and the bottom
  • 5/8″ seam allowance on the other vertical side = Because I don’t sew often enough, I was rusty and realized I had sewn the lining pieces together right side out instead of wrong side out. So I ripped out the three seams I had sewn and while doing so, my sharp seam ripper tore a bit into the fabric.
  • Box bottom (enables a bag to lay flat at the bottom): 2.25″ x 2 = about 4.5″ [If you’re curious about how this is done, look at Something Turquoise’s tutorial which has plenty of pictures.]
  • about ¼” top seam from the edge & a ½” top seam
  • handles were place 1″ in and each was reinforced with a sewn square + an x in the middle
  • final dimensions: 13″ tall x 17″ wide

The youngest daughter, a little spitfire, is into cats. I found this fabric from the Etsy shop, Polka Dot Secrets. I love the cute doodles of the felines.

The youngest is a first grader and I was reminded of her size from my neighbor’s son who I pick up with his sister along with Jellybean. He uses a regular sized backpack so I had a visual of how something for an upper grade child is too big for the body size of a six-year-old.

Deets:

  • cut dimensions: 15″ tall x 16″ wide
  • ½” seam allowance for the sides and bottom
  • box bottom: 2″ x 2 = about 4″
  • about ¼” top seam from the edge & a  ½” top seam
  • handles were place 1 and 1/8″ in and each was reinforced with a sewn rectangle + an x in the middle
  • final dimensions: 11.5″ tall x 16″ wide

The two girls are also getting these crocheted amigurumi, something you have already read about when I came back from my online hiatus. I’ll work on a hello card tomorrow and send everything off Tuesday.

I’m happy to check these off of my list! I can’t wait to start the next sewing project, something I’ve always wanted to learn how to do. Until then…thank you for hanging out with me today. TTYL.

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17 thoughts on “4 Sewing

    • Mahalo plenty ^__^. I’m glad to have looked on Etsy and will definitely shop around for fabric on there more. I’m currently waiting for a picture of the girls with their goodies to be sent to me from my BFF.

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  1. Those bags are adorable. I have yet to use a rotary cutter. Mine is still in it’s package. Thanks for putting all the details for the bags on here.

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  3. I love Spotify! I haven’t had it for that long but wow, it’s changed my musical life. Now I always have good music. 🙂

    Those baby whales are adorable! I love that one and especially knowing it has the red inside!!! The smaller cat one is also amazing and those two girls are going to love their package!

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