Saturday Studio Challenge (on Thursday!): Pac-Man Purse

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Saturday Studio Challenge (on Thursday!): Pac-Man Purse

Since I was off work today and didn’t have any BBQ plans I decided I would repeat last Satuday’s Studio Challenge. This time though – I picked a project I knew I could finish. I’m really happy with how it turned out and excited to show you!

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Pretty cute right?? I can’t wait to use it at my next nerd con. I’m certain at least one person will be jealous of its awesomeness! I didn’t get to structure this challenge like last Saturday’s. There were lots of planned interruptions though the day and I knew I wouldnt get two solid hours for eight hours, or even for two hours. I went ahead and worked all the way though and will show you milestones.

Milestone 1: Collecting Supplies.

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I bought this Pac-Man fabric a few months ago. I try not to ever buy a fabric I don’t intend to use for a specific project. This one was special! The instant I saw it the only question was, how many yards? It’s been hanging around the studio for a month or more and I look at it all the time just dying to make something out of it!

You may remember one of the classes I took at the Original Sewing and Quilt expo was Hope Yoder’s Hipster Chick. (If you don’t, here’s the link with my class attempt at it.) It didn’t take long for me to connect her bag pattern with this fabric! I did have to make some modifications to her pattern, mostly for preference, but it is pretty close to hers.

Milestone 2: The Quilting

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Alright Alright – Getting somewhere! I just love the mod look of the fabric and wanted to highlight it. Rather than straight line quilting, I did small circles in every other row around the existing circles. You cant really see it in the pictures, I used black thread on a black background, but it is very similar to the yellow pattern. I added a button because I didnt like the idea of my phone living in a pocket that could just pop open.

I’m still struggling a bit with those curves, epically when the fabric is going from the back of the machine to the front. This was good practice indeed!

I’m impressed with my clever idea to get the pattern on to the yellow fabric. I’ll be showing it at the end of the post so stick around!

Milestone 3: Embroidered Patches

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I just had to get a Pac-Man in there somewhere. Trust me, I duly noted Clyde’s (the orange ghost) absence. I couldn’t live with Pac-Man missing too. I whipped up some with a little free motion zig zag stitch in a hoop to add on the prairie circles in the pattern. I just went for it here. I doodled them on the stabilizer and whipped them out. They aren’t “perfect”, but that’s OK, I wasn’t going for perfect!

Milestone 4: Front Pocket Complete

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I made the circles, added the embroidery patches, put the blue binding on and attached the pocket to the front side of the bag.

Aren’t the Pac-Man and ghosts fun? I’m still debating with myself a bit, I was going to make one of the ghosts white and red, the off color when they are blinking. In the end I decided “just ate a power pellet” solid blue would work. That way none of us have to have anxiety because they might be turning back to eat Pac-Man any second!

Milestone 5: Connecting the parts

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Phew! The part that had me worried! Pesky Zippers! I know they aren’t hard, but there are so many ways to muck it up. If you look really hard, you’ll see that my connection to the front side of the bag is a little wonky. The thickness of the praire circles, binding, zipper, quilt layer, and lining was just a bit more than would glide right through the machine. I never quite managed to get it straight. It is pretty close, zips open and closed, and didnt get sewn on backward. WIN!

That’s pretty much it. After this I sewed it all up, did a few finishing touches and called it done! If you’re curious – the modifications I made were adding a button, making the strap both wider and longer, changing the super stiff crafty fuse to a medium stiffness interfacing, and added an inch to the length of the bag to accommodate my wallet.


Bonus!

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As I mentioned, I wanted to mimic the circles and lines in quilting of the yellow background behind the pocket of the purse. I knew there was no way I could keep them straight or even without some sort of guide. After thinking long and hard, I thought about these little stickers. They are meant to fix three hole punched paper in three ring binders. You can find them in any office/school supply store. These ran $1.27 for 500+ stickers.

The whole time I was using them, the line “you’re a * genius Gump” kept swimming through my head. I may have been more impressed with myself than the idea warranted!

Don’t forget – I love to see what you’re doing too. If there’s something I just shouldn’t miss, be sure to link me!

35 Comments

  1. Love it! The colors you worked together are perfect. I think the stickers are awesome. My circles look more like amoebas…might have to give this a try. Cool embroidery too. Can’t believe you just free handed that.

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    • haha! Mine have a long ways to go, but I get better with practice. I suppose that is always true right?

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    • Nice! I like your site and your work. Thanks for the link!

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  2. Susan, this is so cute! and your use of the hole reinforcements for quilting is brilliant!

    šŸ™‚ Kelly

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    • I know right?? šŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by – it’s good to see you.

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  3. Hi Susan – I took this class too! I didn’t finish my bag in class and now I’m a little hang up on the zipper part (my first zipper). You’ve inspired me to finish šŸ™‚

    I love the Pac-Man theme and I think your idea for the improvised template for quilting the yellow circles is genius!

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    • How cool! Nice to meet you! If you finish it, I’d love to see. Drop me a line anytime. šŸ™‚

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  4. Your are a GENIUS! I love it! great ideas all around.

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    • haha, I’m going to have to go start stating my brilliance more often, pretty awesome when everyone agrees! You have a really cute blog, I’ve added you to my RSS feeds. Feel free to come back and see me too!

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  5. Um… nerd envy, right here! And the stickers, yeah, full on genius! Saving that one in the tips and tricks arsenal!

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    • It’s awesome when you hit on one of those genius ideas right? Doesn’t happen very often so I have to do the super happy dance when it does. šŸ™‚

      I do love that fabric. I have 1/2 yard left, there must be something else….

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  6. This was neat—love the way you think outside the box

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    • Thanks Anne! Love to see you pop by. šŸ™‚

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  7. This is brilliant and I love the check in comments for each stage. I think you’ve aced this challenge! Love the sticker guide idea to get those circles too šŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Janine! Sometimes it is fun to just do something I can start and finish all in one day. Feels good! Now I just need to go to a nerd con so I can take my bag. šŸ™‚

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  8. Great bag! Love the front pocket. Stickers idea – awesome!

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    • Thanks Vera! What cute mugrugs you have made there! I added you to my RSS to see what else you’re up to. Feel free to stop by anytime!

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  9. This is great, I especially love the curvy corner outer pocket! So much fun!

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    • Thanks Shannon! I like it too. The peek-a-boo effect from the curved pocket is my favorite part. šŸ™‚

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  10. Thinking outside the box is wonderful. Those stickers did the trick and I love~love this project!

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    • Thanks Donna! I’m so glad you dig it. I kind of like it too. šŸ˜€

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  11. Wonderful project, Susan. I love the way you’ve made the little pac man motifs with embroidery. Can I be dim and ask what a prairie circle is? I’ve not come across them before.

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    • Hey Rose, NOT DIM! I don’t think it is any kind of technical term. In her pattern, Hope used it to describe the little half circles that I put Pac-man and the ghosts on. I went back and looked to see if it was a term she introduced and I didn’t see it anywhere other than just used as a conversational term.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and being so kind.

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  12. I think your sticker template is AWESOME! Pat yourself on the back for me too! Very clever idea. I would’ve resorted to tracing dimes or nickel coins. lol Love the bag!

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    • woot! Extra love for genius! hahaha. It is a trick I’ll put in my bag for sure. Now I’ll have to obsessively check isles in the stores that any kind of stickers, just in case there’s another shape I can’t live without. šŸ˜€

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