Color Maps

I ordered one of those big color map fabrics from Spoonflower, full of 3600 color chips and their RGB codes. So Cool!

I was stumped to figure out what to do with it. I thought about hanging it on the wall to have handy for reference, but I don’t have enough wall space in my creative studio for such a large piece. Not without rearranging, which I don’t feel like doing.

Then I decided to keep it simple and make my favorite thing as well as the most useful thing – a fun zippered bag.

I started out with the orange one since it’s the color of the year, but then I got carried away and picked a few other colors to try.

I made that teal one a little fancier with darts in the corners and piping.

Fun bags to make in anticipation of taking a color theory class this semester!

I Still Love To Sew

I miss sewing! With all the design and illustration classes I have going on these days, I have FIVE projects due this week.

I’ve had to spend almost all of my free time working on homework.

But I managed to sneak in a little sewing.

I made these sets of zipper bags and wallets to hold some of my art supplies, especially my favorite fine-tip and brush-tip markers. What better fabric than the paint-by-number prints from the Lush collection by Erin Michael to carry art supplies in.

I should mention that I used the pattern from my Simple Makeup Bag tutorial for these zipper pouches. The pattern for the wallet is a new idea I’ve been working on.

I like to use index cards when brainstorming ideas, so I thought it would be fun to have some artsy wallets to store my cards inside.

I hope you haven’t given up on my sewing!

I still dream of sitting at my sewing machine for hours in the evenings, working away on another experiment or figuring out how to bring a new inspiration to life.

Cool Colors Patchwork

I made a new zipper bag in this cool patchwork combination. Kinda beach-y, kinda spring-y, kinda cheerful – all things that make me happy.

These blues and greens are so calming, making me think of the gently rolling ocean waters. Why do all the uber-fabulous Sis Boom fabrics make me want to go to the beach?!

I changed the handle a bit with just a strap attached as a zipper pull, instead of a wristlet-type of handle.

This particular zipper bag is a perfect size for carrying your sewing notions, or your camera or mp3 player and charger cord.

I adore the patchwork combination of this new drawstring bag I made too!

I love the colors teal and brown next to each, with a splash of pink too. Again, now I want to go to the beach, carrying this bag filled with suntan lotion, flip flops, a towel, a radio, snacks, and a cool beverage to top it all off.

I added piping to the bottom of this one, giving it a more finished look.

This one measures 14 inches tall with a 7-inch wide bottom. I use these stuff sacks to carry stuff, especially whenever I travel, such as keeping shoes separate inside my suitcase or to keep dirty clothes separate from clean clothes.

Both added to my Shop!

One For Me

Thank you for the patchwork love lately! I appreciate all that positive feedback. It really gives a girl a boost of confidence to keep pushing on.

I had some patchwork left over from those custom bags I made last weekend, so I decided to make a small zipper bag for myself. (it’s about 5 inches high by 8 inches wide)

pink bag with black embellishments

This one has some embellishments that I’m crazy about, including this awesome black and silver patch on the front. Then I framed that patch with rhinestone trim. A girlie bag has to have some sparkles!

black embellishments on pink bag

I also added a black chain for a handle, which was a first for me but definitely worth the effort to figure out how to make it work. I think it really dresses up this little patchwork even more.

black chain handle

Another small detail – a tiny black fleur de lis patch sewn onto the back.

fleur de lis patch on back

I really pushed myself with this project, setting off the pink fabrics with unexpected details, making the contrast more striking.

pink patchwork with black details

How fun combining the girlie pink patchwork with these black embellishments! This one is for me!