Little Bag Giveaway – Winner!

Participating in this Sew Mama Sew Giveaway was just as fun as the last one. My mouth is watering with some of your favorite summer drinks – Mojoto, rose wine, gin & tonic, blackberry lemon tea, white wine spritzer, elderflower cordial, Pimm’s Cup #1, water w/strawberries and basil, lavender lemonade, Arnold Palmer, pear cider – just to name a few!

The winner of the “Passport Bag” is Alexis of cobcottagecraft.com. Her favorite summer drink is rhubarb lemonade. Congratulations! I hope you’ll love you new bag!

The strap is 1 1/4" x 50".  The dimensions are 7 1/2" x 10".

The strap is 1 1/4″ x 50″. The dimensions are 7 1/2″ x 10″.


A big thanks to everyone who submitted an entry. I truly am flattered that you took the time to visit my blog to enter the Giveaway. I do have a few of these bags for sale in my Etsy shop, if you care to take a peek.

Best, Lori

Little Bag Giveaway!

I am excited to be participating in my second Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day. I am offering a simple “Passport Bag” based on a design from “Simple Bags, Japanese Style” by Akiyo Kajiwara. I had a stash of Asian inspired fat quarters from Andover fabrics that I thought would pair perfectly with this pattern.

DSC_0190
I always like to add some of my hand-dyed fabrics to my projects. The appliqué circle is made with some tie-dyed fabrics and the lining is an over-dyed fabric from the Andover collection.
DSC_0194

The back is one piece of fabric.

The back is one piece of fabric.

The strap is 1 1/4" x 50".  The dimensions are 7 1/2" x 10".

The strap is 1 1/4″ x 50″. The dimensions are 7 1/2″ x 10″.

ANYONE can enter the giveaway! To enter just tell me your favorite summer drink in the “comments” section. If you are unable to leave a comment, you can email me your answer at loribeilby@gmail.com. If you want to enter TWICE, “like” Modern Home Ec on Facebook (just let me know you have done so in your comment.) The giveaway is open through May 16, 2014. The winner will be notified by May 18th. You can enter more giveaways at Sew Mama Sew!

I also have a few of these bags for sale in my Etsy shop.

Wear a little tie-dye on your hip

A few months ago I posted photos of some beautiful hand-dyed fabrics in Great Weekend for Dyeing. I felt they were too pretty to cut up, but I finally took the plunge and made a few things. Here are two fold over bags.

DSC_0621 DSC_0636
I sewed on leather handles. A first for me. I just got a new machine that can do this. (40 year old Elna Super – I still love you and will always keep you.) The inside is fully lined with an Amy Butler print fabric. (Side note – I had the good fortune of attending an Amy Butler workshop in Los Angeles this past Saturday, and she truly is a rock star. Also the nicest – and possibly tallest – woman on the planet.)
DSC_0627

DSC_0642These bags are both for sale on Etsy.

Fun, Day of the Dead totes

I had been waiting since spring for this Andover fabric to be available. The collection, “Mi Famalia,”  is designed by Jesus Cruz who is an artist that lives in my city of Riverside, California. Both my husband and I are thrilled by this fabric – me, because I sew, and my husband, because he actually had Jesus as a student in a printmaking class several years ago at our local community college when Jesus was beginning his art career. My husband, Michael, can say “I knew him when…..!”

So far, with the fabric, I’ve made two totes. Same pattern with variations.

DSC_0354 DSC_0358

The totes are also lined with fabrics from the collection. They have two interior pockets.
DSC_0363
DSC_0367
The long strap tote sold before I had a chance to list it (I’m sure I’ll make more!), But the short handle one is for sale on Etsy.

These square bags are not square!

I seem to alternate between using new fabric and fabric from my stash. These two bags were made from fabric from my altered fabric stash. I had a lot of fun piecing together patchwork designs to make these classic square totes.

This varied patchwork is made from fabric that was tie-dyed in several small batches.

This varied patchwork is made from fabric that was tie-dyed in several small batches.

This square patchwork was made from fabric from JoAnn's that I bleached and over-dyed.

This square patchwork is made from fabric from JoAnn’s that was bleached and over-dyed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are lined with hand-dyed fabric and have two interior pockets. They are have a layer of cotton batting for stability.
DSC_0343DSC_0350

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some close ups.

DSC_0346DSC_0353

 

 

 

 

 

 

These bags can be snagged in my Etsy Shop.

Refreshed – new handles for Sandra

DSC_0274
There are few things I love more than knowing that a bag that I have made has been well-loved and well-used. My bags are made of fabric, and while I pride myself on craftsmanship and functionality, it’s just a fact that fabric does not last forever. My dear friend Sandra came to me with a bag that I had given to her probably about eight years ago. The handles were completely broken. The sight of those broken handles distressed me, but I also felt pleased that she had used so much that the handles had worned out.
DSC_0272
Now Sandra lives green, she always looks for ways to save and re-use. I love that instead of tossing the bag out, she brought it back to it’s maker, and said, “The rest of the bag is still in perfectly good shape. Is there any way to replace the handles?” Argh, repairs and alterations, the two things I dislike using my sewing skills for. But because it’s Sandra and one of my bags, of course, I will think of some way to replace the handles.

I went through my hand-dyed fabric stash and was pleased to find a piece that would work perfectly with the purse. I removed the old handles. Instead of sticking the new ones between the layers, I sewed them on the outside.
DSC_0282
DSC_0276

Now I’ve been inspired to “refresh” my own bags with worn-out handles!
DSC_0281

Sandra cooking on the left, our friend, Audrey in the middle, and me on the right.

Sandra cooking on the left, our friend, Audrey in the middle, and me on the right.

cool cat bag

I ordered two cat print fabrics online because I wanted to make a tote for my son’s girlfriend who likes cats. I decided I would choose which one I would use for Ryley’s tote once the fabrics arrived, and I would make another bag with the other print. I just finished the other bag and put it in my Etsy shop.
DSC_0147
DSC_0149
The fabric was originally grey, black and white with accents of pink. I over-dyed it with deep yellow and bright pink. The bag is fully lined with pink polkadot fabric and it has one interior pocket.
DSC_0164
The dimensions are 8″ x 8″ x 2″. You can throw it in the washer and dryer!
DSC_0138
Here’s the totebag I made for Ryley. She likes purple.
DSC_0138