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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Baby Baby Baby
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Faux Leather Sissy Bar Bag
Well Faux Leather can Be Awesome...Make Your Something Custom for YOU
All the supplies came from www.Gstreetfabrics.com
Regular Sewing Machine with Leather Sewing Needles by Schmetz... number 18 for many layers
To Fit on the back sissy bar of a Harley Motorcycle
Detachable sling bag strap with neoprene padded shoulder and swivel hooks to attach to side D rings
zippers (3) 2 way on front pocket
large one way on side of bag and medium on inner neoprene suede back lining.
Front pocket 2 way zip for sunglasses/gloves/small
items--sewn in netting pocket with toggle draw to separate sunglasses and gloves.
At this point the bag itself is 2 layers of faux leather, then inside there is a neoprene lining of entire bag and you are looking at the hand stitching of the arrow tabs and D hooks for the swivel hooks to attach to for the detachable side sling strap.
I had no pattern, just a piece of cardboard outline of the sissy bar that this would be attached to.
I used Coats and Clark Outdoor Exterior thread for all the handwork-UV protected and good for Sails and outdoor canvas work. I had an awl, and a palm thimble that I used for my experimental shoework.
The palm thimble I have had a while, the awl I got at G Street. The hand leather needles I got from a universal repair pack of hand needles at G Street Fabrics.
The back straps are webbing we sell all widths and fibers for tote making. We have parachute clips in black and white 1" and 2". The swivel hooks I purchased there for the strap. We have leather, but the fellow purchased faux leather and I doubled it for added stability so I would not have to put any kind of interfacing structure for it to stand up. I doubled all pieces wrong side together and then sewed the bag pieces together. Then inside the bag the seams are exposed but I lined it with the neoprene with the suedeback out so when reaching in the bag you are feeling and seeing only suede.
The lining zips shut separate from the outer bag zipper. I just thought that looked cooler than just a lining.
This is looking in the bag when you first unzip the outer zipper.
One drawstring netting bag for wetdry clothes, and miscellaneous-(similar to the sewn in netting lining of the front zipper pocket) and one suede drawstring bag for the detachable slingbag style strap with swivel hooks. All bags having a 2 hole cord lock on their drawstring. The edging around this whole bag was a foldover trim of the same faux leather handstitched on the entire bag and the arrow heads at the strap hook catches.
I am not saying anything is inexpensive in total....but the cool faux leather we have is only 15.00 a yard... that is a piece 54 by 36 inches for 15.00---------- All the D rings-cordlocks-cording-netting-lining-zippers-swivel hooks-strapping- added to $78.00 for this bag... would have been more with parachute buckles, but exactly custom to fit the sissybar. You can make your item to meet your special needs and customize whatever way you want... ONE OF A KIND
We have all kinds of faux leather for incredibly awesome things if you want to give it a try.
My first experience with faux leather lined with soft vinyl was my really fun Tote Fabric Bag...
This combines quilting on pocket..tote handles of folded faux leather and a soft faux leather shoulder strap inside attached to D-rings for when it is filled to the top and you need added shoulder support after shopping spree - LOL
You can also combine Faux Leather and Fabric with a Clear Plastic cover as in my fun Laundry Bag... it stands by itself, is lightweight and is great at the laundromat....
and also works for vinyl lined and clear plastic covered fun Beach Bags(just wipe and dump out that sand after the beach)
take your lunch and wet dry clothes for your paddling trips
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Baby Shower Gifts
Seww.... New Grandchild coming...
Making the gifts before HE gets here...
Before I found out he was a boy... I started with Butterfly theme... and then Lambies...
Lots of Minky colors @ www.GstreetFabrics.com
This is a minky(sew washable) changing pad...both sides are minky and quilted through on the diagonal. The yellow minky is from G street... the butterflies are from my gardens.
This is a cuddle snuggy minky Lambie Pie baby mat. Not Easy, but sewwwwwwwwwwwwww soft!Many Bibs and burpers....
Minky and Fabric on Bibs from www.Gstreetfabric.com
unfortunately, forgot to take pictures.... of the Bee themed collection changing pad with the beehive in the middle padded and pockets to put things in... It folded and velcroed shut.
The fabric matched these bibs and Burpers that were backed with terrycloth for extra burpability.
These bibs shut with velcro tabs. Buttons are just to be cutsy. The frogs are from the leftover minky and I used ultra hold heatnbond to apply them to the bibs.
Continuing the Lambie Theme with the pretty green lamb cotton we have in the quilting section $8.77 sale table at G street fabrics- I backed this fabric with terry and one layer of flat batting and quilted just the lambs... www.Gstreetfabrics.com
Some of the burpers in this set were backed with terry, some with the pale green minky we carry. I made a bunting out of the pale green minky...
I stopped to put some of these things on here, before I forget.
I am currently doing a mask order for someone, and have 3 toboggans here that need the theme put on them... I usually either cross-stitch something on the center of the hat, or apply an applique..
I have 2 onesies that are in process and one of them is going to have butterfly wings on the back of it... I will take picture when I have finished it and this order I am supposed to be doing...
I have to go to work AM, so I need to stop fooling around here... but just wanted to show you guys that I am still sewing away everyday.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Sew a Quillow for your Car!
People in your backseat may get cold-keep a Quillow in your car
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Turtlenecks and Cardigans
I am doing a lot of things at once... BUT... I decided to blog about these turtlenecks I love.
I was cold this week and I wandered into 'The Treasure Hunt Room'. I work at G Street Fabrics-have a little Etsy store and make all my clothes. I found 4 sweater style knits and just bought whatever yardage there was. For a Turtleneck you really only need your body of your sweater length and the sleeve length. (1 1/2 yds) that is 27 inches and 27 inches on a 60 inch wide knit for my sweater. There is usually enough to make whatever type of turtleneck you want unless it is really slouchy.
Our store is in Rockville, Md and if you have never experienced it, you must come some time if possible. It is a big warehouse, with every kind of fabric casual knits to fancy dresswear and a Home Decorating Department where we do Custom Upholstery and Draperies and just about anything you want to ask for. But, just looking at the fabric choices is a fabulous adventure. DIYers are welcome.
I don't always use patterns, but I love to take things and mix and match like the body of one and the collar of another. Exchange sleeves or necklines.
My three favorite Turtleneck patterns are vintage of course, but turtlenecks never go out of style. And if they are not in a current pattern book, then you can probably find it on Etsy or Ebay or Pattern Review.
I purposely make my clothes a little loose fitting, because I am rather shapely and I don't need enhancing. I did turn the ends of the sleeves up on this and top stitched them as a small hem. The bottom of the sweater I stitched twice. I do not have a cover stitch machine, but I turned the hem up and top stitched and then stitched close to the folded up hem.-to give the effect of a cover stitch.
Remember I was using leftover scraps, so I used the full back piece on the fold and then had to add on the the front pieces and the rib of the scraps went in the horizontal instead of the vertical direction
Fur trim sewn in a circle folded over an elastic circle to slide over the cuff for trim that fits but is not truly attached.
Pants are my usual tubins.. wide enough to fit over boots, made like leggings but tube legs to look more professional, or in my case - more flattering than skin tight.