To make these Messenger Bags, I used a tutorial provided by sew4home. The tutorial is called Slim Mustang Messenger Bag with Tuck Locks. I have omitted the tuck locks. I cut into three old jean pants to be able to use their thick fabrics: pale beige (almost white, perfect with a pale outfit), dark beige (almost brown, perfect for fall) and black (absolutely essential all year round). The inside is made from old cotton pants.
I have made two Cylindrical Pouches recently, both gifts for my son’s birthdays. I made them with one of my sons’ old pants (beige corduroy), pieces of wool (scraps from skirts I made a long time ago) and two zippers ripped off my spouse’s old pants.
They were sewn with my sewing machine and by hands. The hand sewing was reserved for the zippers and the finishing touches. I like that hand sewing can become almost invisible and I particularly appreciate this quality around a zipper.
I took many pictures when making my Cylindrical Pouches and subsequently created a photo tutorial that includes the patterns for cutting the pieces (in actual sizes) as well as a list of the required material (all in French and in English). You can find this pdf tutorial here, on my web site. I hope it is of some use to you. Please, let me know if you make some Cylindrical Pouches. I would love to hear from you.
This is another project I have made with the Crafted Appliqué method. For this one, I have used a pattern that is included in the book. Those who already have the book may have noticed that I have changed the name of the tree. I changed it because I took the pattern in the size it was provided in the book, instead of increasing it (as instructed) to make a much bigger tree. And I did not place the leaves in the same manner. In the end, I did not want to create confusion by using the name Lara (of Buzzin Bumble) has chosen, as the result is slightly different from Lara’s piece of work.
The Walking Tree quilt is an amazing piece of work. When I perused Lara’s book for the first time, I knew that this pattern would be perfect for my father’s birthday present. But I also knew the present should be practical, which is why I made a cushion.
To make this Amazing Tree Cushion, I used two old cotton shorts. Their colors (light and dark greens) were perfect for the theme (I know that they look more like greys in the picture). After assembling the pieces, I added machine embroidery over all the seams. The trunk was cut in an embroidered polyester, while the leaves are of cotton (old and new).