Friday, June 19, 2015

It's just a blur..



The last six months that is.

I can't believe that it has been that long since I had my sewing machine out. It's not from lack of wanting to that is for sure it has just been so crazy busy around here. Since starting homeschooling for our eldest son (he's 12) I have been so busy trying to fit all my "must do's" around his school schedule that there has been very little time for the "I would like to's" and I'm guilty of falling asleep as soon as my backside settles on the couch in the evenings when normally I would be getting my machine out and getting creative. But I was given a much needed infusion of creative inspiration when my lovely, wonderful, special Mum sent me an early birthday pressie of a gorgeous bundle of fabrics and a not so subtle hint that she needed a new toiletry bag.

I did a quick browse on Pinterest (who am I kidding, there is no such thing as a quick browse on Pinterest, lol) and stumbled across this great pattern for a Boxy Bag from So-Sew-Easy.

The Boxy Bag Pattern.  Great for a lunch box, cosmetics or toiletries bag, mini holdall for the beach, traveling and more.  Soft and padded but sturdy.  From So Sew Easy.
I was a little daunted at first, thinking it looked a bit complicated for a beginner but it was actually really simple and a lot of fun to make.
My Mum had sent me some fat quarters and unfortunately the base of the bag required some fabric that was a bit bigger than a fat quarter so I decided to use some co-ordinating fabric from my stash instead.



It all came together quite quickly and I forgot to take progress photos as I went along (I'm out of practice with this blogging business).

There was a bit of hand sewing involved with the lining, something I am still getting the hang of.


This is a great sized toiletry bag. Final measurements are approximately
19cm wide
13cm deep
14cm high




Over all I am really happy with how well this turned out and how quick it was to make, just a few hours start to finish (for me as a beginner). 

I'm so happy to have my creative mojo back (Thanks Mum!).

I hope to be back with more little projects for you soon.

I will be sharing this Toiletry bag with the following linky parties:




Thanks for stopping by.

Michelle :o)

19 comments:

  1. WOW , Michelle so glad to see you here in blog land again . Happy too, hearing that your Mojo has returned, inspired by some fabric .My bag looks awesome , thank you .
    Fabulous floral material outer too .
    Love that it has straps/handles .
    Love you lots xx Mum

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  2. Your bag turned out really well! I bet your mum is thrilled.

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    1. I forgot to mention I shared this in a G+ group Handcrafted Handbags https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110076511237860669263

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    2. Thank you for coming by my blog and for sharing the link to my post :) I think I am really starting to get hooked on making bags, I love the instant gratification of being able to complete small projects like this toiletry bag so quickly.

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  3. Cute bag, thanks for the link to the pattern. Visiting from Show Off Saturday.

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    1. Hi Carole, thanks for visiting :o)

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  4. We never outgrow the need for our mom. She's going to love the bag. I'm so afraid of sewing a bag--I think I'm intimidated by the zipper. Thanks for sharing the link to the pattern.

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    1. Thanks Allison. I wish I wasn't so far away from my Mum, seems the older I get the more I appreciate her. :) I only get to see her a couple of times a year, thank goodness for modern technology to keep us close.

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  5. You should thank your mom for "forcing" you to get out your machine! It looks great and she is gonna love it! I think I have to include (selfish sewing) bags to my to do list :)

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    1. Hi Joor. Thanks for stopping by my blog. My Mum is my biggest supporter and usually ends up being the recipient of most of what I create. She is quite crafty herself, just wish we were able to craft together :)

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  6. Really a cute toiletry bag! Glad that your mom helped get your mojo back.

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    1. Thanks Heide! I love being able to make things for my Mum so it is great when she puts in a request, (of course I don't mind getting little parcels of fabric either!) :)

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  7. That is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. What a great bag - very impressed :) Well done!

    Rotten when your crafting mojo ups and vanishes on you isn't? but such fun when it comes back :)

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    1. Absolutely, I seem to have very long dry spells but when my mojo comes back I just want to make anything and everything! :) thanks for coming by :)

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  9. Good on your Mum for giving you the motivation to get back into sewing, Michelle. And lucky Mum to be receiving such a beautiful bag. You've done an awesome job.

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  10. Great bag! I am sure your mom will love it!

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  11. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!
    A Round Tuit 264
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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