WIP: Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along

Let me show you what I’ve been sewing! This is Lori Holt’s new book “Farm Girl Vintage“. It is featured on her blog beeinmybonnet. You can purchase it  at the Fat Quarter Shop.


I have been sewing along and trying very hard to keep up. These blocks are so cute and fun to make. Some of them are stretching my skills, which is a really good thing. The block I am currently working on has flying geese, learning some new techniques for this one. Love the PamKittyMorning fabric!

These are the first two blocks that I made. It’s a lot of fun  using such a variety of fabric and background fabric too.
FarmGirlVintage3 Then there are these two. I love the little girl from Tasha Noel’s line, The Simple Life by Riley Blake. I can’t wait until her new line, Vintage Market comes out. And for the bowl, of course, Farmdale Blossom by Alexander Henry is a favorite too (too bad it’s out of print and hard to find).

FarmGirlVintage4Here they are all together. Having fun and still stretching my skills. Perfect combination.

What are you sewing this spring?

A Sophie Beach Bag Progress

Because the weather is getting much nicer, I thought it would be the right time for me to make my own Sophie beach bag, (if you want to purchase a pattern it is available in our shop). I think the “Milk Sugar & Flower by Elea Lutz”  is so cute that I thought I should use it for my new bag. I am also using a Moda Crossweave for the solid, it is sort of greenish gray! I think it goes perfectly with this fabric!


I quilted straight rows along the lines of the pin wheels without having to quilt each pin wheel individually. It is really simple and goes much faster. Not all my seams lined up perfectly but I am okay with that.


This is the whole outside of the bag completely sewn together. I am still working on quilting it, I am going to sew some lines on each panel vertically. That will give it the quilted look as well as hold the layers together. I forgot to mention that I used fusible fleece for this bag. Super easy to work with. It just requires a damp pressing cloth and then hold for 15 sec. Quick and easy.


These two last prints are what I will be using for the lining and the handles. The white for the lining and the green  for the handles. I don’t want to use something too light for the handles as they get a lot of use. Plus I think those little kitties and bunnies and flowers are so cute!!

Thank you for coming to see what I am sewing these days!! Trying to stay focused is getting a little more difficult since it is mostly sunny outside. I should finish this up so the next time I have an opportunity to go on a little trip it is all ready to take with me. Enjoy your day!!

Bags for Quilters: Handle and Strap Making

I have been making a new Penelope Purse using Daysail from Bonnie and Camille by Moda for the pieced part and Robert Kaufman Essex Linen  in Denim for the accents. I am really loving how this is turning out. Using the Essex Linen adds such a nice dimension to the purse, I feel.

Today I am going to talk about the handle/strap application that we use and why.

Penelope-Purse-1 This first photo shows the length of strap with the interfacing already fused and then it sewn lengthwise into a tube. We like to interface our handles and straps to give them that extra strength and body. The handle gets used so much that we don’t want it to become wrinkled up and flimsy. The interfacing is just wide enough to cover the length of the strap and cut to the width of it. Some of the longer handles/straps require piecing but that is not a problem, as we use fusible interfacing. Which Jennie spoke about in our last “Bags for Quilters” post.

Penelope-Purse-2 This is the strap after it is sewn, turned and pressed flat, the seam falls down the middle in the back. We like this application because then there is a neat, complete tube for your handle or strap. No folding or trying to get them even, and it just seems better to us.

Penelope-purse-7Now that the strap is sewn it is ready for the batting or flannel to be inserted in to it. (Use a larger safety-pin or bodkin to pull it through) they both work about the same. Batting is a good way to get a lot of padding without a lot of work. Sometimes we use two layers of flannel and this is about the same for thickness. I like the extra padding in the strap, because if you have ever filled a purse/bag really full you know how the handle or strap can cut into your shoulder. Well this is the reason for the extra padding, it is to make it more comfortable. I have even added three layers of flannel before, but one batting and one layer o flannel is usually sufficient. (Maybe for a larger bag that you will be filling up with heavy stuff you will want to have more thickness). The key is to make it so that it is comfortable for you!!

Penelope-Purse-5Here is the strap with the batting and the stitching lines sewn. Now it is nice and sturdy because it is interfaced and soft with the flannel or batting for comfort on your shoulder. It looks great with nice lines sewn down the sides, or like this one I sewed several lines. I like it!! It is ready to be added to the purse!!


Penelope-Purse-9 *I added this additional picture so you could see the tool better.* The picture above is showing the bone tool that I used to get nice rounded corners on my Penelope Purse. I used the rounder end and pushed it out until it was even and the way I wanted it to look. For sharper corners I use the other end, it works great for corners that need to be pushed out.

Now for the extras!! We are also hosting a casual sew along  of our Penelope Purse. (Which is on sale for $5.00 in our shop). We would love to have you join us. If you do, please share your pictures on Facebook or instagram with the hashtag penelopepurse. Or leave a link to your blog post in the comment section of this post and you will be entered for some giveaways along the way. Be sure to post your finished purse by April 10th. Have fun and enjoy sewing and then carrying your purse around.


the Louisa bag {Pattern Refresh}

I have been busy making a new Louisa bag and now that it is finished I am happy to say, I love it.  It is ready to be used now.


This is my version in all Bonnie and Camille fabrics except for the solid. I used the blue as you can see and am happy with how it turned out.

In all of my pictures I have not drawn up the sides so that it has a little more of a square look.

Louisa-remake4My variation on my bag was to make the rounded corner at the bottom just a bit rounder, I wanted to see if I liked it, I think I do!!


Since different fabrics can make a patchwork bag look so unique, we also had some Instagram friends make up versions of the Louisa bag, so that you can see some of the options. To view all the bags, check the hashtag #louisabag, and here are some of their finishes {there are a few more too, if you check the hashtag link you should be able to see them all!}:

Louisa Bag - ShawnaShawna Haynes made this Louisa bag using Doe by Carolyn Friedlander and Essex Linen, you can read her blog post here, and find her on Instagram here.

Louisa-bag---SusanSusan {The Felted Pear} made this one and skipped the patchwork to show off this beautiful print from Amy Butler’s Violette.

Louisa-bag-SaraSara {Sara.oe} removed one row of patchwork and replaced it with some adorable hexagons that really add a sweet touch, and of course, we love the Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille fabric.

louisa-bag-vickiVicki {vpquilter} used squares instead of tiles, which gives this bag another unique look. The way she alternated the fabrics in the center really give it a focal point.

louisa-bag-cassidyCassidy {crbeeman} made her bag using a variety of Cotton + Steel prints, and utilized the selvage for the binding, which is a fabulous detail {she also said this is her first bag…I never would have guessed!}.

Louisa-bag-eileenEileen {sew_eileen} made her version with Priory Square and Cotton + Steel, she also used a linen for the sides, handles and binding and they give such a finished look.

louisa-bag-kayseKayse {quiltykayse} used these pretty Joel Dewberry prints to make her Louisa bag, which has larger rectangles than many of our patterns, perfect for showing off larger prints.

Louisa-bag-christyCristy {loveyousew_} made her bag with Robert Kaufman’s Kona Cottons and Andover Fabrics’ Chambray in black, the bright colored flying geese really give it a striking look, way different but so chic.

Thank you all so much for sewing these gorgeous bags!

We hope this inspires you to get a pattern and make the Louisa bag for yourself or as a gift, spring is just right around the corner and they are the perfect size to use as a handbag, tote, or a diaper bag. And, if you’d like to make one up too, you can find the pattern here.

Have a great day!!

Louisa Bag: WIP

Hello! I am giving you a preview of my Louisa bag and the progress I have made so far. (If you would like to purchase this pattern or any of our other patterns, visit our shop here.)  I hope you have had a great start to the week!!

Bag-Making-SuppliesThese are the tools that I use when I am making a bag. I just got the tailors pressing ham yesterday and have found that I love it! I looked it up and found there is a tutorial for making your own if you don’t want to purchase one. Google tailors pressing ham and I am sure you will find one or more on the internet.  It only costed about $15.00, which is not that much considering there are many other times I wish I had  one.  What I had been using was the rounded end of my ironing board and it did a fairly good job, but I think I am going to love this extra tool!!

I use a 24″ ruler, nice and long for cutting those longer lengths of fabric, interfacing and flannel. Rotary cutter, a cloth tape measure, (nice for measuring around the bag for adding the gusset and such). Then scissors, seam ripper, and a pincushion for all the pins I use in construction. The pins with the yellow heads are sturdier for those thicker layers. I find the thinner pins bend too easily, so I will save them for quilting and sewing. Of course not shown are my sewing machine and iron! Couldn’t do it with out them!!

Louisa-front-and-back-2These are the two panels I started with, I showed them last week but thought it would be okay to see it from the start again.

Louisa-panels-with-blueThis is the fabric I chose for the gusset, handles, binding, ties and maybe the lining.

Louisa-bag-body-patchwork-1 This is after the gusset and ties are sewn on, it’s looking like a bag now.

Louisa-bag-inside-2  An inside view. We will be sharing the reason we use flannel for our bags and the type of interfacing we love. Just waiting for some supplies so we can go into more detail.

Louisa-bag-with-handlesLastly I have body of my bag and the interfaced handles sewn and just need to be finished up. I am excited about this bag because I love the size of it and the fabric, yes some of my favorites.

Just a quick view of how my Louisa bag is coming along. There is a Louisa Bag tour on instagram. If you would like to see lots more Louisa bags in the process of being made, search the #Louisabag, or #cloverandviolet, you will find more. Some completely finished and some just getting started. I have been enjoying seeing them all!! These ladies are doing an amazing job.