Readers Project: Jamie’s Charm Square Tote Bag

Note from Alanda Craft: Oh wow, aren’t these fabrics  that Jamie has chosen for her Charm Square Tote Bag just beautiful.  I have to say Jamie that you  have done a great job on your first bag.  So happy you found the Charm Square Tote Bag tutorial easy to follow, it’s always lovely to receive nice feedback. I’m going to say it again, I love the fabric and the green lining and the cute inside pocket just finished the bag off nicely. Thank you for sharing your tote bag with us.

Jamie Says:

I made this adorable bag utilizing the lovely charm square YouTube tutorial. I picked up my pack of charm squares at Tuesday Morning. Really happy with how this turned out. Excellent tutorial! Thank you!

Check out Jamies photos of her gorgeous tote bag, below.

Readers Project: Barbara’s Quilts for Friends & Family

Note from Alanda Craft: You may remember Barbara’s Nautical Themed Quilt that she made back in August, well Barbara has really gotten into the swing of things since making her first quilt. Here are some of the latest quilts that she has made and I think they are just lovely. I love Kaffe Fasset  fabrics, the colours are so bright and cheerful. And those  Riley Blake animal fabrics are so cute. Your family and friends are so lucky Barbara, your quilts look great. Thank you so much for sharing your photos with us.

Here is what Barbara has to say:

Here’s the latest on my sewing.

  1. I’m getting a LOT better.
  2. Still struggling with the bindings, though.
  3. Learned about being able to choose fabric and piece it together instead of having to just use the very limited 108″ ones in the stores.
  4. Finished a yellow/gold/orange/tan one for a friend and made a smaller/lap sized for me.
  5. Same for a green/blue/teal one.  Both were different patterns.
  6. Did a fall theme with sunflower, greens, yellows, etc.  Made a lap size for me out of scraps.
  7. Did a red and white baseball one for my sister.  She lives and breathes baseball in spring. No left overs for me.
  8. Did a purple and white for a friend.  No left overs for me, here, either.
  9. Discovered Kaffe Fasset and bought a jelly roll and a pack of 10 in squares.  I learned about jelly roll races the ladies (and men) who have workshops like to do.  Today I’m working on one in that style.  This will be for a friend up in Salt Lake City.  It’s the Island Collective and so far, it’s coming out perfectly.   I got some 108 inch backing in a Hawaiian theme.
  10.  I finally did the yellow/black and white one and tried a new pattern.  It’s over a the shop now.  Margie is having knee replacement surgery on the 10th and the nice woman said she would have it ready for me next Thur.  Then I have to bind it.  It takes me a half a day to do that part.
  11. She and her whole family are cat people.  (all of my friends are).  I found this really cute Blake Riley group and will make one for one grand daughter.  I also found this adorable sheep fabric but it has just 2 companion pieces so I need to get a few more. I’ll make one for the other grand daughter who loves all animals.
  12. I finally  finished the cream and Caribbean blue one for a friend in FL.  I used a blue binding for that one.
  • This is for Margie.  She’s REALLY tall so I made it longer.  I like what I did with the border.  This was before I trimmed it and took it to the shop.  I know the center pieces are staggered – I did that because I can’t seem to make them perfect.  (Except for the left over ones I make for me.  THOSE are perfect.  Go figure)

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  • This is my pile of Kaffe Fasset strips.  I have to make 6 parts using these with 7 strips each.  I have 4 done and really like the way they’re turning out.

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  • The 10 inch squares.

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  • The backing I found.

  • Sheep for Mika.  I know I can get some matching green and pink someplace.

  • Next three are from  the left over scraps.  See what I mean about making nearly perfect rows when it’s just for me?  Grrrr

Readers Project: Lorna’s Easy Envelope Cushion Cover

Note from Alanda Craft:– Lorna’s cushion cover is just spectacular. What a great idea to turn our Easy Envelope Cushion Cover tutorial into such a beautiful project. I truly admire anyone who does cross stitch. I have started a number of pieces over the years but have only had the patience to finish a few of them. You have done an excellent job Lorna and you have created a piece that you can be so proud of. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cushion cover with us.

Lorna Says:
I took part in a round robin cross stitch group and I wanted to do something a bit more special with the piece other than framing it. Being fairly new to sewing (I last used a sewing machine in school) I searched YouTube for tutorials and fell upon this one. It was easy to follow and had just the finish I was looking for. I used material that my mum gave to me so I’m unsure as to the make but I picked colours to match some of the flowers.

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Readers Project: Maria’s Boomerang Bag – Charm Square Tote Bag

Note from Alanda: Oh wow, I just love this charm bag that Maria had made from fabric she got from the Op shop. The colours are just gorgeous., your husband has great taste. We think you have done an amazing job Maria, and even more so seeing you haven’t done any sewing for so many years. 

Maria says:

The Pomona Boomerang bangs team inspired us to dust a Singer sewing machine from the the 1950’s (only does straight stitch) which we inherited, to make this bag for shopping (instead of using plastic bags). My husband was attracted to the colours of a bundle of material at an Op shop (thinking it was one piece). It turned out to be sample pieces of a strong fabric! Hence the decision to make it a patchwork. The lining was from a sheet also from the Op shop. I followed Alanda’s tutorial – Patchwork Tote Bag with Couching .
I haven’t used a machine or done any sewing for nearly 40 years! This project wasn’t very accurate but I am happy with the outcome. Thanks to Alanda’s clear instructions, I was able to achieve this! My husband is happy too, seeing the transformation of remnant material turned into a useful bag!

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Readers Project: Jennifer’s Big Craft Bag

Note from Alanda Craft: I just love the fabric that Jennifer has chosen, it never fails to amaze me how different these projects all look. This is a really big bag and it is ideal for taking to the market or to sewing class. I’m sorry you had a bit of a problem with the gusset, Jennifer, it is a bit fiddly. But you have done a great job and it looks really lovely.

Jennifer says:
Thank you for such detailed instructions! This was my second sewing project. My first was a small quilt for our cat to lay on. It turned out wonderful and I plan on trying more and larger quilts. This craft bag turned out beautiful, except for the gussets. I must’ve miscalculated as the tops were too short compared to the tops of the outside and liner tops. So, I had to adjust and it looks a little lopsided if you look close. However, since this was my first major sewing project I’m still going to keep trying! Again, thank you for taking the time to show all steps to each project.

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