Friday, September 6, 2013
Zakka Handmades Pencil Bag
There are days when you need a quick finish. Right now I seem to be in the middle of so many big projects, and while I love each one of them, the endless stream of ongoing work can get a little slow. Today I just desperately wanted to sit down at my machine and make something from start to finish. Since Sunday is my Mouse's third birthday, it seemed like a great opportunity to sew up a little present for her.
Enter Zakka Handmades. I bought this book back at the beginning of summer with great plans to use it immediately, but it just didn't happen. This afternoon when I spotted it on my bookshelf, I knew exactly what I wanted to make: the adorable Children's Pencil Bag.
This is the sweetest little bag. It's quite easy to sew, yet it looks more advanced than your typical pencil pouch. In fact, I had so much fun making my first, that I immediately started on my second...sort of...
One thing that I absolutely love about patterns is seeing how far I can stretch them, especially when it comes to bags. I love to take a small bag and try it at a larger size or shrink a big tote down to a miniature version. It opens up so many possibilities, teaches me more about bag construction, and is just plain fun. So once I finished my first pouch for Mouse, I tweaked the measurements a bit and made a purse using fabrics from my Koi stash and some of my favorite Essex linen.
I love the way this turned out. It's a good shape with lots of room inside. The linen adds nice texture, and even though the bag is larger, it's still a pretty quick finish.
My husband took us out to our local Chick-Fil-A for dinner tonight. We go there about once a week, usually on their family craft night. It's led by a very sweet employee of theirs who has been so good to my girls, and we brought along this purse for her as a small way to say thank you. You should have just seen the smile on her face.
Small finishes. Happy moments. This is why I love sewing, my friends.
Linking up to Finish It Up Friday.
Posted by Heidi Staples at 12:15 AM
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These bags are so wonderful. Versitile! Love the way they turned out.ReplyDelete
Both are gorgeous - and precious gifts :-)ReplyDelete
What darling pouches!ReplyDelete
Your bags are adorable, I am sure your little one will love them!!ReplyDelete
These are lovely! Happy Birthday Mouse.ReplyDelete
These are wonderful and as we always have a wealth of drawing supplies around I may need to make some of these too- thanks for the inspiration!ReplyDelete
Both sizes look beautiful! And what a lovely thought! I would have been delighted to receive one!ReplyDelete
Adorable. That was so thoughtful of you to give the bag to that lady! I am sure she will greatly appreciate it!ReplyDelete
They're both so cute! I love Koi. I really must get some soon. I bet you really made her day :)ReplyDelete
totally adorable, and so very useful, too. Such a win win project!ReplyDelete
Really love the Koi bag and fabric combination! I have been holding out on getting some Koi, but I think you've pushed me over the edge now. : )ReplyDelete
That was so sweet of you to make the employee a bag. Those types of spontaneous gifts really make people happy!ReplyDelete
Aw...they are so cute. Love your fabric choices. It's good to have a project that finishes quickly.ReplyDelete
both of them are absolutely adorable! love!ReplyDelete
Hello Heidi! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed making my "children's pencil bags"! Both projects turned out delightfully charming! Love how you enlarged the pattern to make a mini zippered tote! And how nice of you to give it away as a thoughtful gift... Hope you continue to enjoy your crafty moments!! Happy zakka making ;DReplyDelete