Monday, October 31, 2016

Rubie Cross-Body Runaround Bag by Moments

Rubie front
I recently tested the Rubie Cross-Body Runaround Bag designed by Moments.  This elegant and stylish bag with unique diagonal pleats finishes to about 12" high (15" high with the cuff turned up)  x 12" wide x 3" deep. Although the pattern is designed for faux leather there are tips if you prefer to use cottons or home decorator fabrics. This is an intermediate pattern with excellent directions and photos for each step. You can get the pattern here.

Back showing set-in zipper pocket open
The pattern includes three options for the back....pleated like the front without a pocket, a set in zipper pocket (like I chose to do), or a full back slip pocket. It allows you to personalize it to your own particular needs and tastes.

Back showing zipper closed
Interior
 The photos above and below show the interior that features a zipper pocket, a double slip pocket and a key fob.

Interior featuring the key fob with the zipper pocket below
As you can see, I chose a lovely turquoise cotton lining.

Front with the cuff turned up showing the hidden slip pocket
If you are shopping and need more room, you can simply turn up the cuff and stuff a bit more inside. The photo above also shows the clever hidden slip pocket that is a perfect size for a cell phone or other treasures.

I absolutely love this bag (that immediately was claimed by my daughter) and plan to make several more.

Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!                                                                                                                                          Judith

Lewis Cross Saddle Bag by Bags It

Lewis Cross Body Saddle Bag front
I recently tested the pattern for the Lewis Cross Body Saddle Bag by Bags It. It is a fine bag that finishes about 9" wide x 10" tall by 2.5" deep. It is really roomy without being overly large. The pattern is easy to follow with clear photos and is suggested for advanced beginners and above. You can find the pattern here.
Back
I chose to do exterior in a suiting-weight wool and black faux leather. It was my first time creating piping in faux leather and it went really well. The pattern has a fine tip for reducing the bulk at the ends that worked perfectly.
Side View
Interior
I used a cotton lining. The photo shows the interior zipper pocket. I love the clean lines of this bag.

Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!                                                                                                                                          Judith

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Miss Maggie by Emmaline Bags


Miss Maggie front featuring the Long John strap connectors

 I was delighted to test Miss Maggie for Emmaline Bags. The pattern is terrific, quick to sew and it is free from EmmalineBags.com. I chose to do my test in a pretty heavy faux leather with a cotton lining. Janelle created this pattern to feature all the new strap connectors and hardware she has in her shop. I chose to use the Long John. and they work great and were super easy to install.

Miss Maggie inside
Miss Maggie's base with feet
Another view of Miss Maggie from the front
I really loved this pattern and (of course) used Emmaline Bags hardware.

Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!                                                                                                                                          Judith