It’s time for another look at the Learn to Sew Series by Amber from Crazy Little Projects. I’ve been following the series and already have several great projects completed. In lesson #1, we learned how to sew a straight line and created some great Designer Dustcloths. In lesson #2 , we learned the use of the zig-zag stitch and made up a cute Dinosaur Hooded Towel.
This past week, we learned Turning and Topstitching. Amber gave us a choice of two different projects for homework. One was a cute reversible messenger bag, and the other was an ear warmer headband.
I chose the messenger bag. I love her unique design; the fact that it is reversible, and simple to put together. And I had this great bunny fabric that just needed to be made into something!
I located a striped red fabric from my stash to go along with it. The project itself takes less than 1/3 yard of fabric of each color. You can find Amber’s tutorial here: Reversible Messenger Bag.
Her tutorial includes printable patterns, and is a great project to practice your turning and topstitching!
This bag is going to be for me. Because I have a tendency to carry way too much crap around with me, I have a personal rule that my handbag cannot be large. Otherwise, I’d be hauling the thing around on a dolly. Seriously. So this little bag would be perfect.
Ralph seemed more than a little disappointed that he was not going to be chosen as a model this time. Seems that he was getting a big kick out of all notoriety after his last modeling gig.
I don’t want him to get a big head. I have to live with him, you know.
I made one change to the original pattern. I added a bow to the front. My bunnies needed a little bit of fabulousness, don’t you think? I used the technique of turning, cutting a 12″ x 3″ strip; sewing like I did the strap, turning it and creating a bow. I sewed it on with a few hand stitches, and there you go! Dressed up bunnies!
I love how the lining turned out, and it is the perfect size for me to just carry a few things; rather than the whole world.
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