Africa Bag

A couple of days ago I was looking through my fabric stash for some fabrics for my new 2010 project list. Of course, I did not find what I wanted, but something I had planned a long time ago and never finished.
Many years ago my relative from Cape Town gave me some wonderful fabric. It’s a cotton print with Africa animals on in. I had added some rough linen from another garment and some inside pockets and zippers from an old corduroy bag that had “died”.

Now that I had found this projects, I had to finish it, and forget about my new 2010 projects for a while. I always get side tracked like that – it’s horrible 🙂

So this is the final result – my Africa bag:

But let’s start from the beginning. Below is a picture of the original fabric patch and the linen that I used for the lining:

I first sewed the inside pockets, that I had rescued from the old corduroy bag onto the linen:

This is how it looked after I added the outside fabric and zipper – from the inside:

And from the outside without the handles yet:

Luckily I only got side tracked for two days – ha ha – but it’s going to happen again, I just know it.

Napkin Rings & Napkins

Just is time before Christmas I finished napkin rings and napkins for my aunt. I had bought the fabric a long time ago in Germany. I always felt this is a very elegant and festive fabric – somehow oriental but it also seemed to fit to Christmas a lot. The patters – or let’s say the directions on how to make them – I got from my Burda sewing club here in Milwaukee. We started with some right in our meeting and I finished them up in time – just in time 🙂
Here the whole bunch of them:

And this is how one napkin ring looks unroled and with the napkin:

I still have something left of the fabric and will make some more napkin rings and a table runner for myself from it.

Sewing Machine Mat

I finally made it – a sewing machine mat to sit under my machine and hold some smaller stuff in pockets that hang in front of the table. It started out very simple but then I decided to stitch scales around the different sushi. That added a lot of work and time but I think it did make it look better. I used some medium weight cotton with this awesome sushi print for the upper side. It has a little stretch to it. For the bottom, I took some off white medium weight cotton, which also has a little stretch. After stitching around all those sushi pictures, I sewed on the pockets by top stitching around the sides with some purple yarn.
And here the pictures of the finished mat:

Old and new sewing projects

In August I visited my family in Germany. What a great trip. It is so nice to see everyone again, but it also makes you miss them more 🙁 But I will go soon again.

Also, I was finally able to take some pictures of a dress I made for my sister. It’s plaid cotton fabric with a little bit of stretch in it. I drafted the pattern myself with the help of the book “Metric Pattern Cutting” by Winifred Aldrich. It is essentially a button down shirt with a simple shirt collar. On the bottom I added a ruffled stripe to make the skirt part.

Then I did two little projects so far in September. One is a bag for my new sewing machine made of old jeans.

The other a little bag for water color brushes also of old jeans. I just bought the brushes and need to start some water color painting soon.

Today is my posting day and I fixed the layout of the blog. Unfortunately I do not feel that great because I got sunburned quite bad at the Badger Game yesterday.

Love Nature

I want to start painting and drawing again. When I was a kid I used to paint all the time.
A couple years back I bought a really nice easel – one you can pack up and easily take out into nature to paint or make sketches. Has been gathering dust 🙁 Not cool…

When I was digging through some old paining of mine I found this nice little nature scene:

And a quick drawing of love that I like much: