Another New Hobby

Sewing seems like the perfect hobby for the Summer months, Am I right?? I feel like I will definitely gravitate towards that over sitting in my hot non-air conditioned studio making jewelry or knitting with wool yarns.

My super awesome husband gifted me the Singer Heavy Duty for my birthday this month.

Yesterday, I broke a needle. So, it's not as heavy duty as it claims to be! HA!  But in it's defense, I did try to sew over a straight pin.

I have jumped right in head first as I tend to do with a new craft. Why not do a zippered project for my first sewing project. Hey? why the hell not.

Project bag number one. Owls cotton fabric with linen bottom and linen liner. I used a great YouTube video tutorial from  Nicole of Hue Loco.

These are kind of small one skein project bags. This is bag #2 with some sweet Cloud9 Bird fabric and green coordinating fabrics. 

I wanted to do a larger version so bag #3 is bigger, big enough for a shawl project, 3-4 skeins will fit! I used a gorgeous Batik fabric with Linen bottom.  Love this one!

This purse seemed totally up my alley! This is the Astrid Crossbody bag in Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style book I bought recently. So I went to Joann's and bought supplies to make this one yesterday. It took a few hours to finish and I am pretty happy with the end result!  I couldn't find a graphic patterned medium weight cotton that I really liked so I ended up going for my favorite color. This moss green color and chose this funky patterned Cloud9 fabric for the lining.

It required a 47" leather strap. I couldn't find something locally but I did have some leather scraps in stash. So I cut 2 and riveted them at the top to create a long enough strap.  Photo below.

This was my first introduction to darts. I like how easy these were to do, and it really creates a nice effect!

 Riveted the strap to the side of the bag.


What to make next..... hmmmm!?


  1. How nice to get a new sewing machine. The bags are lovely. Looks like you are having fun.

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  3. How about a knitting needle case?

  4. Awesome results! Sewing is a lot of fun. I find it very relaxing. Btw maybe you already know this but you can get heavy duty needles for tougher jobs, I.e., it's not the machine, it's the thickness / density of what you're sewing.

  5. Well done! I like how you riveted the leather pieces together, adds a unique touch. I bought a sewing machine a few years ago when JoAnn had them on sale 50% off. Haven't used it for anything creative yet (the material is still sitting on my dresser). Perhaps you could add a crafty sewing class to your retreat! ;)

  6. Good job, Lorelei. Wait 'til you discover how satisfying it is to make your own clothes!

  7. oh so jealous! I would love an industrial sewing machine! I do upholstery and I have many times broken needles trying to use my Singer! love those project bags!! they are wonderful - my friend Thea (Baby Cocktails) would absolutely love one of those! are you selling them?

  8. Oh sure. I would consider selling any of them. Just know I'm still practicing so some may have a few flaws. :)


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