Posts Tagged ‘process’

single strap tote

I tried something today, a medium side-by-side tote with a single strap.  I don’t think this translates to a larger tote (??) but in a medium one, I think it works well!  Especially if it will be used to carry lighter weight items like sweater knitting….

I have another experiment going based on a modification to this bag, so keep watch….(and please forgive the charming background of the photos I take on my table – I seem to finish a lot of projects when there’s no sunlight in my preferred photo spot.

med side by side tote with one strap

p.s. if you look at this bag and the one below, can you see the color shift between two print runs of the same fabric?


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I’ve had a couple of requests for project bags from people who saw previous bags and I’ve been having such a good time making a bag for each of them (HI A and M!).

I was just moving along, working on each of them together and thinking about the linings I’ll cut next….and I looked down.  Ooh, pretty.

Now, each of these lovely women have an idea of what their bag might look like (M, if you want this one, it is yours – but I also have a larger pattern in mind for you), but neither is here standing next to me to see them emerge.  I felt I just had to post a progress pic.  Next up, lining fabric.

two knitting project bags

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… in my faaaabric baaalooooon!

puffy project bag top

I made this poofy thing as an experiment with puffy interfacing and quilting weight fabric.  I really like the results, it is light, stands on its own, and seems big enough for a smallish project.

puffy project bag side seam

puffy project bag with yarn for scale

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zip zip zip!

A quick note to share my YKK zipper color card.  I am in love.  I plan to order all sorts of zippers, I am working on pockets and closures.  If you are a knitter, do not worry – I don’t want your yarn caught in a zip, either.

YKK zipper color card

I was in ‘the zone’ with my color card the other night, and when I came up for air, I saw my table with fresh eyes and had to take a picture.  Sometimes I wonder if I am spending exponentially more time than anyone else, ever, in developing bag designs rather than just making stuff and ‘going for it’.  I am aware that choosing colors in the middle of the night is really dumb, but when the color card has just arrived….well.  Gotta do what I gotta do.

selecting zipper colors for fabrics

hee hee, what a mess.  The sun is up, I’m gonna review my choices.

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design development!

I’ve been talking to friends and asking for input on the whole Bag Thing. I’m also getting feedback on the fabrics I’ve been designing which has been nothing short of fascinating. I don’t have new pics, I am currently waiting for orders of interfacing, fabric, and labels to arrive – then I expect I will be able to finish several bags at once and move a step closer to my many goals.

So far, I am designing bags I think I would like – I will talk about that more later, but I do want to hear from anyone who reads this…. please take the poll, it will totally thrill me.

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gearing up

The development of tote bag patterns and all the other bag designs I’ve been working on fast and furious aren’t ready to debut yet – but I am having a wonderful time working on it.

I am inspired by the feedback from my friends about what they’d like in a bag and also which of the fabric swatches are their faves. Every friend of mine so far has had a different favorite! Awesome!

Before I show my work publicly, I am gathering materials so I will share those photos.

tap plastics haul

I have so many ideas and there are so few hours in every day that I am flying around all day, every day, and enjoying every minute of it.

I ask for comments letting me know what a bag should be. What should your bag say about you and what functions should it serve?

For example, my friend David wants a man’s bag. I want a projects-on-the-move bag for “work” ranging from reading materials and my sketchbook to knitting projects.


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