Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Show and Tell Tuesday

I'll admit...I really don't have a knack for writing long posts...a long post to me is more than one paragraph.  I think it's because I just don't have the patience AND I know that a lot of you don't like reading long posts...me being one of them.  So I try and keep my posts short and to the point, but I realize in doing so I leave out a lot of pertinent information that would be helpful to my reader...sorry.
Anyway, I'm going to try and be better at writing a little bit more and giving you more details.
So today for 'Show and Tell Tuesday' I would like to share the story behind one of my latest patterns.

One of my student's named Tenny...love her name, was in one of my quilt classes and she was carrying her sewing machine in a bag. 

A light bulb went off...

I honestly had never thought of making a sewing machine tote before.  I mentioned that it would be really fun to make a bag similar to hers, and all the other students thought that was a good idea.  So by the next week when we met again, I had created this bag.  When I'm inspired there is no stopping me.  All my students fell in love with the design and a pattern was born.  It was only about three weeks after that that I had a pattern in my hand ready to sell. 

My bag came out to be quite different from Tenny's bag.  Mine doesn't have a zipper closure and hers didn't have a front pieced pocket, but in the end I love how mine turned out.

The bag is called the 'Supersized Satchel' and it's just that...SUPERSIZED.  I reinforced the bottom with high density foam which makes it sturdy enough to carry a sewing machine, and it's completely washable.  
This is the first one I made...
I love the fabrics...they are by Denise Schmidt (DS Fabrics). 

The canvas is a Painter's Drop Cloth from Lowe's...can I just say I LOVE that fabric!  And at only $2 a yard, who can resist!
  Each side has a button and elastic loop to pull the sides in and keep them together.
The top of the bag has a button/loop closure as well. 
 The buttons on the bag are made by my friend Chloe.  Love them!
The inside mustard color fabric is by Lotta Jansdotter love her stuff!.  There is a small side pocket and each end has a pocket (sorry...you can't see them).
There is my story...hope you enjoyed my l o n g post...
Anyone can make this bag from a Beginner to Advanced Sewist.

To purchase a pattern to make this great big bag click here or visit my Etsy shop.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Very interesting longer post. You are an inspiration. I am almost finished with my new backpack. I'll show you Friday.

    1. Joni, YOU are an inspiration, and possibly my #1 fan. Have fun at the show and I can't wait to see your backpack.


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