Category Archives: sewing

Reusable Grocery Bag

Every­body is doing it. Even here in the “bub­ble.” Using those ugly green reusable gro­cery bags.

reusable grocery bag

Heart­warm­ing eco-points 8. Style points 0.

I won’t even men­tion what they chose to fill it with for this image. Yuck!

I made this one yes­ter­day.
cloth reusable grocery/shopping bag

Heart­warm­ing eco-points 8. Style points 6. Maybe.

It’s still bet­ter than some vague­ly poly­ester green thing with a gro­cery store logo on it.

I made it using the Char­lie Bag pat­tern from Bur­das­Syle. At Bur­daStyle you can also find sev­er­al how-tos about mak­ing this bag using a serg­er, mak­ing the lined ver­sion (2 ways), and a gallery of bags made by bur­dastyle fans. (There are a cou­ple of stun­ners — like this one.

This is the first thing I’ve made from a Bur­daStyle pat­tern. It was an inter­est­ing but ulti­mate­ly sim­ple process. I’ll write more about bur­dastyle and their “print at home” pat­terns soon. Right now the sun is out and it’s Fri­day after­noon and I have a date with a sports car of my acquain­tance…

Sewing — Pink Boucle Purse

My first exper­i­ment in build­ing a struc­tured purse.

I used the Dorothy/Evelyn pat­tern from Emma Brennan’s Mak­ing Vin­tage Bags. Charm­ing bags and good instruc­tions — a love­ly book.

The pink boucle fab­ric jumped off the shelf at me in JoAnn’s one after­noon. It seemed like some­thing that should be made into a Chanel jack­et but I can’t wear that much pink and I have no occa­sion to wear a “suit” so…

pink boucle purse

pink boucle purse

I already had the lin­ing, and the but­ton was in the mis­cel­la­neous box. I had though I want­ed a pink vel­vet bow — there’s one in the book — but find­ing pink short pile vel­vet turned out to be a fool’s errand. So the aqua but­ton stepped in. I think it works well.

lining and magnetic snap

lin­ing and mag­net­ic snap

The exper­i­men­tal part was the inter­fac­ing. I want­ed struc­ture so I used a heavy craft weight inter­fac­ing Pel­lon — Pel­tex 70. Imag­ing some­thing that is almost like pack­ing felt — and real­ly stiff. It’s easy enough to work with, and gives a nice plump feel­ing to the purse and keeps the body from col­laps­ing but… it’s wonky. I couldn’t fig­ure out just how or why but the result was not pleas­ing.

buckling on the top edge

buck­ling on the top edge

Leave it to the DH to make sense of my intu­itions. The prob­lem is sim­i­lar to “oil-can­ning” in sheet met­al. Sort of… (You can find the wierdest stuff on the inter­net!)

In this case the prob­lem is that the Pel­met does not roll grace­ful­ly, it buck­les instead, giv­ing the wonky top edge that I didn’t like.

After mess­ing about with a piece of left­over Pel­met I’ve con­clud­ed that there is no way to make it roll smooth­ly over a radius as small as the top edge of a clutch. I can see where I would want to use Pel­met for some­thing like a buck­et tote, or the sides of a bol­ster clutch but it isn’t the right mate­r­i­al for this project.

Ho hum, on to the next one…

Pellon (sewing products) is not well served by it’s web presence.

BTW find­ing on-line infor­ma­tion for Pel­lon sewing prod­ucts is dif­fi­cult. When I was work­ing on the pre­vi­ous post I want­ed to put in a link to the prod­uct page for the inter­fac­ing that I was talk­ing about. Clar­i­ty and all that…

Not so easy it turns out.

www​.pel​lon​.com is the home page of Finnish com­pa­ny that pro­duces farm­ing equip­ment. (Well worth a cou­ple of min­utes rum­mag­ing through the pig­gery equip­ment…)

www​.pel​lonideas​.com is the bad­ly orga­nized, un-proof-read, con­sumer prod­ucts site. A bit of shov­el­ware, some press releas­es, and a hand­ful of craft projects. When I entered Pel­tex in the search box it came back emp­ty, and the menus… The Infor­ma­tion Archi­tect is cry­ing…

www​.shop​pel​lon​.com aka Prod­ucts A La Carte actu­al­ly has prod­uct infor­ma­tion and will sell you Pel­lon prod­ucts. But bloody hell — it doesn’t even show up on the first page of Google results for “Pel­lon Inter­fac­ing.”