There are three new bags hitting the market at Ms. Effie's Summer Kitchen just in time for Christmas!
This mini-tote is a smaller version of the big market tote. It is adorable and the perfect size for a wallet, cosmetic bag, book, and whatever the kids or husband want to sneak in there.
I must say that this is my favorite new purse. It was inspired by several bags I saw on-line. So, I found a basic pattern on-line at www.jcarolinecreative.comcreated as a starting point, made changes and additions, tweaked it as I went along, and viola. It was fun to make because I love to mix and match fabrics. There will be more of these coming along and one for me in one of the new fabrics I posted earlier.
This was another purse that was modeled after another bag ( I would love to provide a link but I can't remember it - my apologies) but like the previous hogo bag, I made it my own as I went along. Being free in the patterns and creating as I sew is my favorite way. I know it would drive some folks crazy. It is like cooking without a recipe.
However, this pretty purse was a bit challenging. I thought it would be a great idea to add a ruffle on the outside, a divider in the middle as well as a pocket, and then have a pleated lining. It was one of those projects where I had to walk away a few times and regroup but it was worth all the effort.
Gene thinks it is cool that I try to be waste free and use every scrap I have. With that said, I am working on a tutorial of a braided headband made from leftover materials. It is so simple to make and can be done in less than 30 minutes. I made one yesterday while I was coloring my hair. I don't recommend that method but with some luck, it all turned out fabulous.
There is a messenger bag waiting in the wings but it may have to wait until after Christmas. My small local fabric store has some things I need to finish it on order and I am waiting patiently. Now I need to get busy sewing Christmas gifts for my family and friends. I have lunch kits to make for the girls' teachers. They include two re-usable sandwich bags and a napkin all tied up with a bow. Hey, if you want to get some for the teachers and co-workers in your life I'd be happy to make a few extra.
The girls picked out flannel for a couple pairs of pj's. Not to mention that I am itching to paint. I started a mixed-media picture as a Christmas gift for Gigi last month. It calls to me every time I go into my art room.