Monday, 8 June 2020

Unlined Shopping bag with removable pocket - pattern for sewing easy and practical bags

It is a common truth that we live in interesting and challenging times.
My generation will have full bags of memories to share.

We are about to reach  the middle of this turbulent full of fear and unknown things 2020, without realizing it. The Pandemic brutally stopped the whirlwind of life in which we all were carried. The two months of isolation meant to prevent the spread of the SARS virus - Covid 19, reminded us, among other profound things, that we are the sons and daughters of planet Earth, not its masters. The geographer in me keeps telling me this. 

At my small individual level, creating bag patterns is a concrete way to help preserving our natural world. In just a few hours someone can sew one bag which will reuse hundreds of times, instead of using hundreds of single use plastic bags which has proven to be so harmful for our environment.

So, right from the isolation period came out 
my Shopping bag with removable interior pocket pattern

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One pattern - multiple variants of Shopping bags

I designed this bag in such a way that:

- to be roomy - 16 ½" (42 cm) wide; 13 ¾" (35 cm) tall (without straps); 4 ¼" (11 cm) deep
- to be durable - enclosed seam allowances raw edges
- to be worn both on the shoulder and in the hand
- to be easy and quick to do - no lining, but with all its benefits - seam allowance invisible raw edges and interior pocket
- to be practical:
- the exterior pocket closed with a zipper
- the inner pocket can be taken out and carried in the hand or moved with all its contents in another bag.
- to be beautiful (original curved shape of the exterior pocket)
- to catch the eye (the applique design).

The Unlined Shopping bag with removable interior pocket is a lovable bag, for everyday use.
It has a fresh look and a practical structure. 

Its two big zippered pockets (one exterior pocket and one removable interior pocket) make it perfect for shopping, sport and outings.

This bag is very useful when you go to the market or to the grocery store, but you might need such a bag when going to the beach or to the gym.It is that kind of "big on inside - small on outside" all-in-one bag, as you don't need another bag/purse/backpack for your belongings.

The exterior zippered pocket will keep some of your things safe, while the removable interior pocket plays the role of a real pouch - as it gives you the possibility to keep at hand those things you need all the time. 

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Special features of this Unlined Shopping bag with Removable Interior Pocket pattern:
- one exterior zippered pocket
- one removable interior zippered pocket
- templates and detailed (beginner level) illustrated directions to appliqué the face design
- hidden raw edges
- tips and illustrated suggestions for customization 

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The pattern guides you step by step to make one of the most useful shopping bag that someone might need. 

abeeautifulday.blogspot.com Unlined Shopping Bag with Removable Interior Pocket pattern


You will find a lot of easy to follow instructions and 87 color photos and diagrams, plus the printable templates in order to get the exterior pocket original shape and for the option to applique a face to your bag.

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You will learn how to make a bag that combines the advantages of a unlined bag (light weight, short time to complete) with the ones of a lined bag (nice layout of the bag interior given by hidden raw edges of the seam allowances) and the ones of a pouch (the removable interior pocket).

The pattern includes:

-suggestions for the best materials for such a bag and how to prepare them.

- instructions for preparing and fusing the applique pieces
- instructions for securing the applique edges
- detailed instructions to sew the zippered pocket using two different sewing technics

- tips about how to give to the zippered opening of the exterior pocket an original look.

- illustrated detailed instructions for making the interior pocket removable

- a lot of tips helping you to sew a bag with professional looking seam allowances, hems and straps

All measurements are in both inches and centimetres. 

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Please, give it a try! You will find it in my Shop.

Thank you for your suport!
Stay healthy and safe!

Have a beautiful sewing day!


Thursday, 2 January 2020

Let's start the 2020s of the 21st century!


Thank you to each and every one of you for your support and encouragement.


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I wish you all a happy and creative 2020!


Saturday, 14 December 2019

When in doubt, make a bag! - Two tips for those who sew bags

Like many of you, I buy fabric sometimes just because I like it. Maybe for the color combination or its design, or for its texture ... or for all of these together.
On such an occasion I bought a piece of fabric for home decor, only because I really liked the classic floral design lying on the dark background. The opportunity to put him to work came these days when I decided to use it for the 2nd variant of my unfinished bag pattern.

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First of all, it helped me to see what this bag model made of this type of fabric looks like, but also to test what happens when you sew zippers on such a fabric and how thick its pieces are sewn together.


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What I can share with you now from this experience is this:

When sewing home decor fabric, if you need a second fabric (for the gusset, my example) one good idea is that both fabrics have the same composition and thickness.
1. Same composition helps you to iron the bag pieces using the same temperature for all and, consequently, finish the work faster without melting accidents, if you use polyester blends.
2. Close or identical thickness helps you control the bag shape and it makes a lot easier to sew the bag pieces on the sewing machine.

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Now, back to writing the conclusions of this test for my no-name-yet bag pattern.

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Have a beautiful weekend, my dears!

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Fabrics with my own printed designs


If you really want to do something, you will find a way!
I keep telling this to myself, whenever it seems to me that I want something unrealistic or when I am about to give up something difficult to complete.

Having fabrics with my own printed designs is an old dream.This dream began to come true, slowly, very slowly, gathering small bits of active breaks taken to reorder my thoughts by drawing. Between job and other activities, between something and something else, or while I drink a coffee, or before bedtime...
One day, when the good planets were probably lined up, I decided to choose a few drawings and send them to a  fabric printing company.
Because both the domain and the printing company were new for me, I was cautious. Instead of printing yards of fabrics with flowing design I chose to design panels as they might have at least two uses: as bandanas, neckerchiefs, handkerchiefs or whatever you want to call them, and as pieces of fabric for sewing home accessories (pillow covers, for example).

Long story short, I introduce to you My First Collection of Bandanas!

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Each of them measures 48.5 cm x 48, 5 cm (19" x 19").

More about them I will tell you soon.

Have a beautiful day, my dears!

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Tips and tricks for sewing beautiful bags by spending clever your money -1

One of my dearest activities is sewing bags. All kind of bags: large, small, handbags, totes, shopping bags (oooh, how I love them!) and of course, pouches.
Even though it is impossible to find here where I live the perfect combination of fabric-lining-interfacing-batting-hardware for bag making, I try to gather the best ones from all kind o places: our local shops or online shops and overseas online shops. The last source I just mentioned would be my first choice if the transport prices would not have increased so much, that doubles the cost of the order.
But when you really want something, you find a way to do it. In my case this "something" is making bags. In order to get good quality materials at a reasonable price I spend a great amount of time finding the places that fit to my budget. I know from my own experience that you won't get a high quality product using low quality materials. No matter how much you want or do, you won't get a really beautiful and durable bag in time. If the fabric colors will bleed, the interfacing will detach or the thread will break after the bag will be worn only a few times, the feeling of working in vain will be overwhelming.
That's why a constant of my work is that all the time I look for methods to keep the quality as high as possible thinking at the same time on what I can spend less.
One of my tricks to do this is buying cotton curtains from thrift shops. These shops are treasure boxes where, with a bit of patience, I find beautiful curtains that may be use for the exterior bags, lining or shopping bags. One piece of curtain means a few yards of home decor fabric at a good price with the color wash out test already done.
I use them after I wash them (for hygienic purpose) especially for my mock-up while I'm working on a bag pattern, as I need a lot of tests and I want to preserve the new good fabrics for the final bag.
Sometimes I use them too when I want to make a bag "now", I don't have the matching new fabrics in my stash but I have a piece of a thrift shop curtain just good for it.  

Look at this bag.

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It is the bag whose pattern I'm working now.

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It is its first mock-up for which I used a piece of fabric from a cotton curtain bought from a thrift shop a long time ago, only because I loved the print and it was in a very good condition.

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For straps I used leather - a premiere for me. On this occasion I learned to set rivets. I really liked this because this way I finished the bag much faster than if I had to make them from fabric and sew them on the bag. Not to mention how it looks a bag with leather straps!
No, my budget wasn't hurt by them. I will tell you why in the next episode of "Tips and tricks for sewing beautiful bags by spending clever your money".

Have a beautiful day, my dears!




Sunday, 29 September 2019

About Illusions

An intriguing post title, isn't it? Don't be afraid!I am not going to bore you with some philosophical considerations.
This is the name of Geta Grama's newest quilt pattern I used for sewing two pillow covers.


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In fact it was the best opportunity to practice Y-seams in order to make a kaleidoscope block.


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I'm not into kaleidoscope quilts at all. My past experiences made me to conclude that I'm incompatible with this kind of technique. Even though I'm a patient person, paying attention to details, I had enough of mistaken again and again the Y-seam and of getting incomplete or shifted layouts.
Knowing that Geta is a meticulous teacher, I got Illusions II pattern as my last chance to make a decent kaleidoscope quilt.
And my expectations were confirmed. I'm not incompatible with this sewing technique, I just didn't know those tips and tricks so important for the exact piecing.


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As always, Geta putted in her pattern a lot of sewing knowledge, useful not only for making this very block, but also for other types of patchwork projects, like:
- how to cut triangles in three different ways;
- how to accurately piecing in the easy way;
- how to finish the block as pillow cover in any size and as place mat;
- how to make a pillow insert;
- how to use the entire width of the fabric;
and a lot of other instructions that guide you so well that you can finish your project in one day only.
At the end of it, if you followed conscientiously Geta's instructions,  you might consider that you just stepped in the experienced quilters world.


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Have a beautiful sewing day, my dears!