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.

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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.
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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.

New Year’s dye makeover

For my first creative act of the new year, I was inspired to take few items whose colors did not thrill me and put them in a vat of dye. The Pantone color for 2014 is Radiant Orchid, so I was inspired to choose a dye in that color family. From my stash, I did a mix of half Periwinkle and half Lilac. More blue than Radiant Orchid, but I just wanted to use what I had on hand.

Here’s what I choose to dye.
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I made the tote bag a few years ago with hopes of selling it in a pop-up boutique that was in conjunction with fundraiser that had an orange (the fruit) theme. It’s a well made, functional, fully lined bag that even has a zippered, padded pocket for an iPad. The t-shirt was part of a series I dyed to sell this holiday season. The grey and blue ones sold, but I had two brick red ones left. I always like to throw in a few more things to take full advantage of the vat, so I put in a yard of cotton trim and a fat quarter of cotton fabric folded and bound with two pool tiles.

There is the results.
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I’m quite happy!
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Piedmont Studio is always available for dyeing sessions! Contact me if you’re interested!

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.

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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.)
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DSC_0642These bags are both for sale on Etsy.

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.
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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.
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The dimensions are 8″ x 8″ x 2″. You can throw it in the washer and dryer!
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Here’s the totebag I made for Ryley. She likes purple.
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Grungy t-shirts become beautiful little bag

I’m currently working on my inventory for my Summer’s Coming Open House. I thought a little bag made from tie-dyed, recycled T-shirt yarn would be a great addition to my collection. I had quite a stash of dyed pieces made from very worn, white T-shirts donated to me by my son.

My project started like this.

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In progress, it looked like this.

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Finished, it looks like this.

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It’s has a silk lining.

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Now my son’s upcycled T-shirts sit happily on my happily on my daughter’s hip!

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Fold-over satchel, take two

While I loved the fabric and the style, I wasn’t completely happy with the way my tie-dyed, fold-over satchel lay on the hip when worn across the shoulder. I decided to refine the bag by adding a layer of batting, some interfacing at the opening and a snap closure. I used some fabric that I purchased at JoAnn’s with the intention of altering it in some way.

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I over-dyed the fabric with Coral Pink dye from Dharma Trading Co., making a pattern using  rubberbands and marbles. The result was a bright fun fabric.

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I trimmed the opening of the bag with a multi-colored hand-dyed fabric from my stash. It is fully lined with a polkadot print and has two interior pockets.

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The handles are made from the unaltered fabric.

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This bag is can be purchased on Etsy.