Sunday, November 19, 2017

Foldover Bag The Second

My Mom liked my Foldover Bag so much, she asked me if I would make one for her. As today is her birthday, I was more than happy to dive into my stash and get sewing (Psst, I would have made one for her anyway, but she doesn't need to know this ...)
The fabric for the top part was a Rome find. On our last day, we came across this store with fabrics for interieur decorationes. My sister and I both liked that one fabric so we convinced the gentleman to cut off half a meter for us (though normally, they only do full meters)
The bottom bit is the same fake leather I used on my bag, and I lined it with a light, almost golden fabric from my stash.

Do you have things on your quilting / patchwork bucket list? A pattern or something you always wanted to try out, even though there's no specific goal or project in mind?
One off my list now is the 'Feathered Star'

It's definitely on the fiddly side of things (i.e. there are 48 tiny HSTs needed). Still, I totally love how it turned out and am also very happy with my fabric choice.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Four days of Rome is definitely not enough.
Still we only had four days, and we made the most of it.
Day 1: Coloseum and Forum Romanum

Day 2: Vatican Museums (we waited 2 hours to get in)
The Laoco├Ân Group
It was not allowed to take pictures in the Sistine Chapel ...

Day 3: General sightseeing, like the view from the top of the Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, and St. Peter's Basilica.

Day 4: Pantheon and more general sightseeing

Beautiful City, great food, and about a million tourists (at least - one would think end of October there would be fewer)

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Foldover Bag

Two weeks ago, I came across the youtube tutorial for a Foldover Bag by Rob Appell of Man Sewing (a youtube channel I've been following for quite some time already).
As I was on the lookout for a simple hand bag, I started cutting right away.
 I've used some blue upholstery fabric, black fake leather, and for the lining a light green cotton fabric.
By chance I also has the proper hardware already in my stash.
The bag came together quickly following the instructions in the video.
It turned out really nice. And it already passed the praxis test with flying colors.
It came with me to Rome for four days, and it held up really well.
Only thing I would add if I'd ever do this again would be a zippered outside pocket.