So I dived into the tote bag and zipper pouch mini-class last week. Not really in need of another tote bag, I skipped that project and moved on to make a zipper pouch with fabrics matching my bucket bag:
I can't say I have mastered the whole process yet. So it is a great thing that Kristin has posted dimensions for 3 more sizes on her blog. I would probably make an iPad-size one as skill consolidating exercise.
While messing around with my fabrics stash, I discovered something I left lying around for quite some time. I have some wonderful friends who know that I started learning to sew, and they would bought me fabrics and books when they went travelling in Japan. So I had promised to make them book cover. The said project was half finished when I went into hiatus.
Here it is ... a crazy quilted fabric book cover:
I must have followed a pattern somewhere, just that now I have no idea what it is. But I am really happy with how it comes out. Most book cover patterns are customized to fit a specific size. But since I am making this for my friends, I aim to make it more flexible in size:
Instead of stitching both ends, I used a ribbon for one ... this way it can fit books of various widths. By the way, don't you like that colorful psychedelia pattern? Every time I look at it, I think of the 70s, flower power, San Francisco, LSD ...
A full view of the top:
Can you tell that I am much more comfortable with my sewing machine now? I am, indeed. So comfortable that I moved on to whip up another bag using this adorable linen/cotton fabric, also from my friends:
The pattern is from a book called Everyday Handmade (which carries a lot of lovely projects):
Perhaps it is the way I feel myself to be ... normal outside, crazy inside, I always like to use the louder print as the lining:
One great thing I learned from this pattern - how to conceal the raw edges:
Sewing is fun. And I already have a long queue of projects lined up. :-)