My First Bag Creation

it’s national sewing month in the USA so I thought I’d share the bag I finally finished for my daughter, who chose the pattern and fabric a while ago. no problem, was my first thought; how much different can a big bag be from a little zipper pouch? I do love a good challenge. but then I encountered steps and techniques I hadn’t done before so I procrastinated until I was feeling more confident. lessons learned along the way from mistakes were helpful, although if I ever make another it’ll be with a simpler pattern.

honeycomb and bee handbag handmade

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Happy World Bee Day!

wow. it’s been a month since I posted here and I certainly haven’t been as busy as a bee; health issues sidelined me so I appreciate any amount of time I can ‘bee’ creative. :)

it’s World Bee Day – from the UN website:

To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.

The goal is to strengthen measures aimed at protecting bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries.

my daughter gave me a box of Bee Friendly seeds for Mother’s Day to attract bees; they’re cuter when they leave me alone and just go about their buzziness.

I made these mother/daughter coin pouches featuring some sweet bees and sentiments:

bee coin pouches copyright Linda

thanks to an excellent video tutorial by Jan Howell, I created my initial labels for my hand sewn projects.

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Blue Knot Bag

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians and it’s World Arthritis Day which I’m celebrating by sewing a Japanese Knot Bag for my daughter.

blue fabric knot bag

this easy to follow tutorial was perfect for some of my leftover face mask fabrics and I’m very pleased with the end result. now I think I need one for myself; I just started physio for my jaw so I’ll use it to throw into my walker basket just to carry my phone and a few items.

I’m playing along with the As You Like It Challenge Favourite Non-Card Project (& Why). I recently rediscovered my love of sewing after a very long time away from it due to my RA and surgeries; I’m especially enjoying projects I’ve never tried before just because I love a good challenge.

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A Little Something Sew Different

I’ve been extremely busy lately so it felt great to create something, especially with fabric for a change. long before I started card making I sewed but after my severe RA diagnosis and surgeries I gave it up. but I missed it. so, I traded my decades old manual sewing machine for a computerized one – what a difference; I can sew again.

I started out with making face masks and have moved on to small projects just as a refresher and to learn to use my new machine. these ‘itty bitty boxy bags’ were fun to make and I’ll definitely be making more; I followed this video tutorial.

itty bitty fabric pouch

of course I had to make a sunscreen lip balm holder and I challenged myself to sew with cork; I followed these instructions.

lip balm holder

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