Etsy Store Coming Soon!

Pleated Tote 2 by intraordinary
Pleated Tote 2, a photo by intraordinary on Flickr.

I’m getting closer to finally putting some items for sale on Etsy. I’ve had a few setbacks involving getting the right fabric for these bags. I’ve learned things are not always going to be available right when you need them. This whole process has been one big learning experience and I was naive to think there would be no problems.

The fabric for this beauty came in on Saturday. I will be making a couple more of these when I have time this week, at which time I will put them up for sale on Etsy.

Like my page on Facebook where I will be announcing the official opening for my new store, Absewlute, on Etsy.

Bow Clutch

Bow Clutch by intraordinary
Bow Clutch, a photo by intraordinary on Flickr.

I am so happy I decided to learn how to sew. I love looking at all the different colors and patterns there are available. It’s hard to choose because the options are endless.

It’s exciting to try something new and end up with a functional product I can actually use. This clutch, for example, was just a practice project for me because I have never sewn on a zipper before and I heard it was not easy. I was surprised to find out it was not as difficult as I thought.

For this project I used some of the leftover fabric I had from my sling bag. I plan to attempt this clutch again because I love the design but I think next time I will try using heavier fabric in solid colors. Maybe dark pink, turquoise, or yellow!

I wish my favorite fabrics weren’t so expensive because I want to buy them all!!

Pleated Tote

Pleated Tote by intraordinary
Pleated Tote, a photo by intraordinary on Flickr.

This bag is my favorite out of all the bags I’ve done. When I go shopping for a bag, I know which ones I would pay for and which ones I would not. It’s hard to look at your own work from that perspective because of the pride you feel towards something you created yourself. This one I think I would be willing to buy! In fact, my sister wants me to give it to her but I’m not really sure I want to give it up. It’s like giving away your first born child!! Okay maybe it’s not quite like that but you get what I mean 🙂

Soon I will be making more using this same fabric and I will experiment with some other fabrics as well. I can’t wait to get started!

buy this on etsy

Reversible Sling Bag

I finally finished my sling bag. I was inspired to do this by my hair stylist because when I told her I had undergone a few sewing projects she said she’s always wanted a sling bag. I wanted to get a practice one in before I started on hers, just to work out any kinks. Being that I made the pattern for this one myself, there were a lot of kinks to work out.

First, choosing the fabric was so hard. I’m still not sure of my choices but luckily she will be choosing her own for the next one. I do love both of these fabrics but I if I make another one for myself, I will choose fabric with a little more color. My favorite of these two is the Dr. Who fabric. For those of you who are not familiar, Dr. Who is a science fiction television show. For all of you nerds out there, you know what I’m talking about. 😉 The fabric displays subtle images of objects that are in the show. The tardis, sonic screwdriver, psychic paper, K-9, and his bowtie. I found both of these fabrics on spoonflower.com

dr who fabric

The biggest problem I ran into was that I didn’t make the strap long enough. I even gave up on finishing it for a couple of weeks but then I thought adding rings would be a good way to improvise. I couldn’t find 2″ rectangular rings at my local fabric store, so I went to Walmart and bought a bag for under 3 dollars and cut the rings off of it.

Even though having a reversible bag is pretty cool because you essentially get two bags in one, I think I will make the next one with pockets in the lining and add a snap on the inside so I can close it if I want to.

Overall I’m happy with the way it turned out, I love wearing it and it feels good to finally have it completed.

Laminated Fabric Garbage Bag

Fabric Garbage Bag by intraordinary
Fabric Garbage Bag, a photo by intraordinary on Flickr.

In an effort to continue decorating my car with home-made items using fabric, I decided to get rid of the plastic grocery bags I used for garbage and make my own garbage bag.

I used this tutorial >>> here

and I found some nice laminated fabric on etsy >>> here

I recently succumbed and bought a flower for my VW bug because it comes with a vase and I always notice the flowers in other bugs when I see them. It’s a big fluffy pink flower that reminds me of something from Dr. Seuss. Anyways, I chose fabric that matched the flower and the black interior of my car.

bug flower

I’m sure this bag will come to good use over the years and because the fabric is waterproof I can just rinse it out with water every so often! I love it so much I could just give it a big hug 🙂

Combination Consummation

Shoulder Bag by intraordinary
Shoulder Bag, a photo by intraordinary on Flickr.

This past weekend I went fabric shopping with something specific in mind. I wanted a medium size pattern done in neutrals with a pop of color. I spotted this one and thought it was perfect. Then I went to the section where the orange fabrics were and the one I found matched so well it’s almost like they were made for each other! I even got all kinds of compliments from the customer service ladies at the fabric store. I put a small swatch of what the orange fabric looks like because you can’t really tell from this picture.

I can’t wait to try this combination out on some other projects.

check out the tutorial >>> here

Fabric CD Visor

CD storage by intraordinary
CD storage, a photo by intraordinary on Flickr.

I got a new car this week! I’ve always wanted a Volkswagen Beetle and I finally got one. So I decided to make something to personalize it a little bit. I noticed right away that I wasn’t going to have anywhere to put my cd’s. So when I came across this tutorial online, I knew I had to try it. I modified mine a little bit by using less sleeves and I didn’t have any bias tape so I just used fabric. The hardest part was sewing the border pieces over the pockets because they are so bulky. I ended up having to take the stitches out a couple of times because they weren’t straight enough… Next time I’ll try it with the tape. I’ve never used bias tape before but it might have made all the difference.

If you’ve been following my recent posts you’ve probably noticed already that I used pretty much all of the fabric that I already own to make this. I didn’t have enough money to go out and buy new stuff for this particular project but that’s what makes this project so neat… because you don’t need large pieces, so you can just use all the scrap pieces you have piling up.

So, not only was I able to use the fabric I already had, it is simple to make, functional, and it added some character to my new VW Beetle. I love it!