Monday, May 24, 2010

As Professional As They Can Get - pictures of Wendy's Diaper Bag

Here's the final pictures of Wendy's new bag:

Diary of A Mad Bag Lady...

This past week I worked on the third diaper bag that was ordered for a friend, Wendy.  Wendy & I met in San Diego when our (then boyfriends) were both in the same helicopter squadron for the Navy.  Since then  Wendy & Matt have moved East to Virginia and had two adorable kiddos.  Wendy posted on FB recently that she'd love a 'boyish' diaper bag - one that she could continue using after diapers were a thing of the past.  We corresponded back and forth via email to find the PERFECT fabrics and ended up with two from Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadows line in Navy & Aqua.  I fell in love with this bag as it took shape and I hope Wendy likes it just as much!  Here's a little 'play-by-play' of how Wendy's new diaper bag came to be.
Pieces cut, pinned and laid out
Buttons picked!
My trusty side-kick, a hand-me-down Bernina from my Mom
These pieces are all sewn together and need to be turned right side out
Right side out and getting pressed - my other 'go to' is my Rowenta Iron - LOVE IT!
Hard at work
What a look of concentration.... 'sew straight Amy'
Pockets sewn and pinned onto interior pieces (nice label!)
The 'link loop'
Buttons sewn on and exterior and interior pieces pinned right sides together
Pressing open the seams (they lay flatter once you turn the pieces right side out) and the exterior turned
Tuck interior bag over exterior and then sew together...
More sewing as straight as can be
More concentrated looks
Turning the bag out
Re-inforce stitching on the corners
The finished product!!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Three Diaper Bag Orders in ONE WEEK - yee haw!

I've had an exciting couple of weeks in regards to my sewing.... I posted a quick note about my purses being at a local shop here in town (see last post below) and before I knew it, I had THREE diaper bag orders!  One was for a great college friend who is buying it for a prego buddy, and the other two were for two separate fellow Navy wife friends - one in Virginia and one in Cali!  (So awesome that I'll be represented on BOTH coasts!)

Before I give you a peek at those bags though - I did want to share three new bags I finished up.  I'm referring to these as Bucket Bags.  They're HUGE which not everyone will love but maybe you have a teen who needs a great overnight bag, or you want a stylish gym bag... there are always tons of uses for my bags and I'm SURE you could find a few of your own!

These first two are using the same fabrics but just interchangeably!  The 'script fabric' has been a huge hit that a lot of people love.

These bags have two large pockets on the interior and one large strap - great pleating on the side and like I said before; very roomy!!!

This third is made with some awesome Amy Butler fabric that my dear Mom gave me (she has the BEST stash of fabrics in her sewing room)!  It's from Midwest Modern II...

Here are a few pictures of the diaper bags I was talking about above... the one bag is still a surprise so I don't want to give anything away by posting pictures of it just yet.  You'll notice this bag is very similar to the bag available at The Rusty Chandelier... Amy V. saw pics of it and decided she wanted one just like it!  We did make a few changes - the exterior pockets are the same fabric as the exterior so they all match and for the first time - VELCRO on a lot of the pockets!  This was certainly an easy addition and I'm sure it'll make a big difference for Amy when using her bag.  I already received a lovely email from Amy talking about her bag:

Hi Amy!
I love my new bag!  It's so sturdy!  I can't believe how quickly you were able to get it done. 
I can't wait to use it and have people ask me where I got it so I can refer them to Pursewna! 
Thanks again!

I'm still finishing up the last hand-stitching on bag #3 so I'll add those pics as soon as I'm done!  Thanks to S.M., Amy V., and Wendy M. for ordering from me!!!  :)