Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tips and Tricks Linky- Do you have a great Wreath post to share?

I'm so excited to see all of your favorite WREATH ideas...or whatever you have been up to this week!  I have been busy making another bag- you know, because I am bag crazy!!
 Chevron Bag by Gina's Craft Corner

Monday, February 17, 2014

Latest Sewing Project: Chevron Bag using ChrisWDesigns Pattern

Chevron Bag by Gina's Craft Corner

I feel like it has been forever since I have posted a new creation on here!  I am so excited to share with you a bag that I have been working on all this week.  I purchased the pattern for my Cheveron Bag from Chris, who blogs over at ChrisWDesigns.  At her site you can purchase her awesome bag patterns, bag hardware or just read her great blog.  This is the first pattern of hers that I have purchased and I was very satisfied.  It is an easy PDF download, so you can have it in your hands in minutes.  I loved all the pictures and little tips she gave along the way. 

Chevron Bag by Gina's Craft Corner

Why did I choose this style of bag?

*Love the style.
*Love the elastic side pockets.
*A new challenge!
*The number one reason.....My sister wants me to convert this into a Conceal and Carry bag for her. 

What new techniques did I learn while creating this bag?

*I learned how to add a gusset- I did not even know what a gusset was!  Wikipedia told me...

GUSSET: it is the long, wide piece which connects the front piece and back piece. By becoming the sides and bottom of the bag, the gusset opens the bag up beyond what simply attaching the front to the back would do. 

The pattern called for snaps to be put into the sides of the gusset, but I have not purchased those yet and I don't know that I will add them to this bag.

Chevron Bag by Gina's Craft Corner
Gusset w/ pocket attached

*I learned a new way to add an interior zipper with an added pocket behind the zipper.  I'm pretty sure this zipper is backwards.  Is there a right and wrong direction for the zipper to start and stop?  Seems to me that most open to the right and close to the left.

Chevron Bag by Gina's Craft Corner


*I realized with this bag that I still have trouble sewing in a straight line. 
*I am totally done sewing straps on bags...

Chris's pattern actually calls for grommets/eyelets to be inserted on the bag body.  I had a hard time deciding where to get my grommets, so I decided that I would not insert them into this bag.  To be honest, I also did not want to spend the money for a grommet tool (or the snap tool, for that matter). 

Chevron Bag by Gina's Craft Corner

Even though this is probably the best stitching I have done on a handle/tab, it still looks too homemade for me.  Also, if you look at the back of the tab it does not look neat at all.  My goal is to make a bag that looks like it came from a store.  This just isn't doing it for me.  I will probably take out this stitching and add a grommet. 

Oh-and my tabs need to be bigger.  I only had the 1 1/2" D-rings on hand.  I made 1" tabs, so I really need a 1" D-ring.


*I love my fabric choice!  My goal is to have bags that make you smile when you open them.  My 2 favorite colors right now are pink and gray...pretty obvious!  You can see in the picture below that I have white thread for the lining top stitching, which I liked, but when I was top stitching the outer part of the bag the gray thread shows up on the back.  I meant to use a pink thread (or at least a white thread), for the bobbin so it would blend in better.

You can see where I attached the closing tab how my thread got all bunched up where I backstitched.  This is where it would have been nice to have a pink thread in my bobbin so you could not see that.  I'm thinking a nice Gina's Craft Corner label would look nice over this! :)

Chevron Bag by Gina's Craft Corner

*I love the hardware!  Hardware on a bag just takes it to another level.  On my next bags I'll be adding feet and the grommets, as I mentioned before.  I also want to do tutorials on how to add all those things, because it is SO easy and all of you should be adding them to your bags!

*This zipper!  I was not smiling while I was putting this in, but I just love it now.  My line around this zipper was just TERRIBLE!  The only way to fix it was to add the zig-zag.  That's my tip of the day...if it looks ugly-zig-zag it!!  Sorry this photo is so blurry!

Chevron Bag by Gina's Craft Corner


 To sum it up...I LOVE MY NEW BAG!  

Chevron Bag by Gina's Craft Corner


*Next, I will be working hard on figuring out how in the heck to turn this into a conceal and carry bag for my gun tote'n sis.  I have already been hard at work for the last month trying out different ideas.  Maybe I'll write a post showing you what I have come up with so far and some of the challenges I am facing.  There really is not a whole lot of help on the internet.  There are a lot of people who are selling conceal and carry bags, but no one is talking!  

I am excited about exploring the conceal and carry bag.  As some of you know I really want to open an online shop someday selling my creations.  I am hoping the conceal and carry bag will make it in that dream shop. 

Better get back to work.  Don't forget to come back tomorrow for my TIPS AND TRICKS LINKY PARTY!  

Have a great week!


Interested in purchasing Chris's AMAZING patterns? Click on the link below to enter her shop!
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I will be linking this bag up to THESE great parties!
ChrisW Designs
And here is a new party for you!  Allie has a great blog and a great party every Wednesday's, so don't miss it!
 Crafty Allie

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Come link up your latest post at Tips and Tricks today!

Welcome back to another Tips and Tricks!  Valentine's Day is only a few days away so we decided that this week's theme should be... ROMANTIC TABLE.  If you have a great centerpiece idea or anything to help set the stage for a ROMANTIC TABLE...we would love to see it!  

What have you been up to this week?  You can also link up ANYTHING YOU WANT so that your blog can get some exposure.  I do my best to share every post on google plus or facebook
Also............EVERY LINK IS PINNED....so come link up and feel the love!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Kid's Craft: Envelope Corner Heart Basket

My girls and I made these little Heart Baskets today for their classmates.  I thought I'd share them with you because they are so quick and easy!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tips and Tricks Linky Party-Valentine Themed Crafts and Anything Goes!

Let it snow...let it snow...let it snow...!!  The snow is coming down in the midwest and the northseast this morning.  I hope most of you can stay home today.  I am thankful to the Lord to have a roof over my head, heat pouring through the vents and a nice cup of hot cocoa clasped between my ever-freezing hands.  Grab your cup too and link up with us today.  Todays theme is Valentine's Day!  I cannot wait to see what creative Valentine's crafts you have brought to share.  Next week's feature will be picked from the themed links, but feel free to link up whatever you want.  All will be pinned!

Monday, February 3, 2014

How to turn cereal bags and fabric scraps into beautiful wrapping paper

I have been collecting cereal bags for a while now.  My collection is getting out of control so I thought it was time to do some more experimenting with.... you guessed it.....FUSING PLASTIC.  I just cannot go too long without playing around with this idea, and since my last experience with fusing plastic turned out so well, I thought I would try it again.  If you have missed my previous tutorials on fusing plastic, just stick around and at the bottom of this post I will have some links that will take you where you want to go to learn more.