July 12, 2016

Seat Belt Market Tote from Cozy Nest Designs

It was time for me to test another Seat Belt Bag from Sarah at Cozy Nest Designs, and I was thrilled.  I loved the Crossbody Bag and Wallet I made from her seat belt line but this one is my favorite.  It is the Seat Belt Market Tote and it comes in 3 sizes with options to do them in a striped pattern or block pattern. I decided to make the small tote, not once, but twice.  I did one in a block pattern and one in a striped pattern.  The other sizes are on my to do list.

This small tote measures 14"W x 9.5"H x 3.75" D .  The medium sized tote is 15.5"W x 11"H x 3.75"D   and would have one additional strip of seat belt added to the top of the small size.  The large is 17"W x 13"H x 3.75"D and would have 2 additional strips of seat belt added to the small. The tote on the left is done in a block format and uses the colors snow, periwinkle and dark periwinkle.  The tote on the right is a striped format and it uses the colors yellow, copper and chocolate brown.  The big ring is attached to a flap that provides great bling for this bag.

The top of the bag has a zippered closure to keep everything secure.

The front of the bag has 2 slip pockets for your phone and keys.

The back of the bag has a contrast strip that becomes the flap on the front.

The inside of the bag has a zippered pocket.

Sarah has the webbing and ring available as a kit for all 3 sizes and in 1, 2 or 3 color combinations in the striped or block format.  Until July 20, 2016, she is selling the pattern at a discounted price of $5.00 and is offering her Tri-fold Seat Belt Wallet pattern for $5.00, too, so you can make a matching wallet.

Trust me,  this is a great bag to make.  It is so fun using seat belts for that unique look. The webbing is easy to sew and Sarah's patterns at Cozy Nest Designs are so concise, easy to read and follow.  You can get the pattern here. You can also see all of the bag sizes compared to each other and some sample bags.  Don't miss this opportunity.  Sarah just got some great new colors of seat belt webbing.  But save me some webbing,  I have more of these to make!

July 10, 2016

Gabby , April Bag of the Month Club, by Emmaline Bags

I know I have posted the Bag of the Month Club bags out of order, but I have a good reason this time.  I wanted to complete two April bags before I finished this post.  This is Gabby, the April Bag, and I love this pattern from Janelle at Emmaline Bags.  Because I waited so long to post this bag, the January - June Bag of the Month Club is over and this pattern is now available to everyone.  You can get it here.

The first Gabby I made was from casual fabric.  I fell in love with this Serengheti fabric and I matched it with this caramel colored faux leather.  The front of the bag features a  bit of "handmade" bling from Emmaline Bags.

The back of the bag features a zippered pocket and the top of the bag has a zippered closure.

The other Gabby I made is a little dressier and I made it from a great cotton fabric that I found at JoAnn's paired with a black faux leather.

Isn't the side of the bag cute? 

Inside the Gabby are more pockets.  There is a zippered pocket and a slip pocket divided into two compartments.

The bag is the perfect size.  It measures 12" W x 9" H x 3" D. This pattern is so clear, concise and easy to follow. I see many more of these in my life.