Harry Potter Marauder’s Map themed Embroidered Cross Body Bag

Harry Potter Marauder’s Map themed Embroidered Cross Body Bag

As part of a one on one Instagram swap, I made a Marauder’s Map themed Cross Body Bag. Check it out! The front “opens” the map: The back “closes” it And someone walks up and down the sides.   You may recognize this bag. I used the same pattern I used for the Harry Potter Bookshelf bag. Swing by that post for links to the pattern/designer and thoughts on the pattern. I clearly liked it since I made it twice!   The machine embroidery is all custom digitized files. I’m really enjoying this new bigger hoop! If you’d like them, I’ll send them to you (yes, for free). Just email susandowenby@gmail.com with your preferred file format. These are digitized for a 7 x 12 hoop. If you have a smaller size you’ll likely be able to split them without too much trouble.   I really hope that @invisagirl87 likes it as much as I did. I also hope she gets the chance to test out the strength of some of those super reinforced seams I put in there! If you’re interested in swapping with me, make sure to follow along on IG. I’m likely to offer to do another one in late May.   Here’s my little Slytherin modeling...
Zelda Shoulder Bag with machine embroidery (Gabby Bag Pattern Review)

Zelda Shoulder Bag with machine embroidery (Gabby Bag Pattern Review)

So I’ve had a string a creative of mishaps and projects that just don’t seem to be coming together. It happens from time to time. When it does I look for a project that I just follow instructions and is finishable in a day or two. A little success tends to get my mojo running for other projects. I figured, why not make the April Bag of the Month in, you know, APRIL. This month’s bag is The Gabby from Janelle MacKay at Emmaline Bags. I cut into my coveted and hoarded Zelda Comic book fabric and I think it was so worth it! Look how cute this bag is from the side! Unlike some of the previous bag of the month projects (see them here and here), I didn’t make very many edits to this one at all. There were a few edits required due to adding the machine embroidery at the top of both sides of the bag. I also added an adjustable strap, but now that I see it all together, I may go back and remove that. We’ll see. Other than a wonderful customer service experience from a bag hardware order I made a few months back, I’m not very familiar with Janelle. After following her pattern, I would venture to guess that she has quite a bit of experience, possibly garment sewing? This pattern has a lot of nice touches that feel like extra steps, but really lead to a nice professional looking finish. There are absolutely tips and tricks in this pattern that I will reuse in other projects. As with most patterns...
Harry Potter Library Book Bag and Window Shopper Bag Pattern Review

Harry Potter Library Book Bag and Window Shopper Bag Pattern Review

February 2016’s Bag of the Month Club’s bag is the Window Shopper Bag Pattern from Mrs H. When I first spotted the bag, I wasn’t insanely excited about it. When I downloaded the 34 page pattern, I was overwhelmed and nearly unwilling to even try it. I mean seriously, SO MANY WORDS. After a few days settling in, I remembered the thing I hate more than anything else is when I buy a commercial pattern that attempts to put itself on a single piece of paper to save costs. It leads to tiny little fonts/pictures and tons of missing details. I thought it was possible that maybe the full pattern with all the information takes 34 pages and a zillion words and is actually something I’d prefer. After looking at the bag more, I thought it would make an awesome library bag. Once I thought about that, I knew I had to reuse some of my Harry Potter book spines from the Harry Potter quilt. The Pattern I was a little brave and started with the “text only” version of the instructions + the pattern pieces. It took about two steps for me to realize I wanted the pictures. If for nothing else but to break up all of the words and have a place for my eyes to easily land switching back and forth between working and pattern reading. The pattern is very through. The reason it is so long is that it takes nothing for granted and assumes you need hand holding for each step. As it turns out, I like hand holding! If the step was...
The Nevermore Bag (Backgammon Bag Pattern Review)

The Nevermore Bag (Backgammon Bag Pattern Review)

Finally. After several years of hording it, I have used my Michael Miller Nevermore goth bug and writing print fabrics. It was hard to start cutting into it and accept that it was going to be gone without the promise of waiting around for me to *need* it; however, now that it is used, I’m happy to have a finished thing and some space for MORE FABRIC! I decided to make this bag after seeing Terry’s (@tooheycohen) version of it on Instagram. This Backgammon Bag is Bag of the Month’s January 2016 pattern designed by Betz White. I’ve wanted to try some more structured bags with fancy hardware, zippers, pockets, and other bag makers tricks so I thought the “mystery” of the club would be a good way to introduce myself to various styles of patterns, sewing techniques, and bags in general.  I knew instantly that this particular bag had good potential to be go with fabrics already in my stash. Given I had plenty of stabilizer, batting, and few pieces of hardware lying around, I really only needed to invest about $5 in the project beyond joining the club. So I did and the Nevermore bag was born. The Finish The most important question – do I like the finish?? I, of course, have the most wishy washy answer – yes and no. I love the design of the bag. Its shape is lovely, it holds exactly the right amount of things and I really like the graphic and bold nature of the Backgammon inspired spikes. Overall, I think it is a fun to look at handbag going...