Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rubie Crossbody Bag...

*** For some reason this post didn't go out on Friday as the Sale has been extended till Monday at 6pm.****

is the newest addition to Moments Designs.

Rubie is a simple stylish cross-body bag with lovely pleats on the front and a turned down cuff that can be turned up when you need a deeper bag.
The pattern included instructions for 3 different back versions ( with pleats like the front, a zipper or a full wide pocket ( recommend only on fabric versions due to the amount of seams)
There is a hidden slip pocket under the cuff, perfect for your keys or glasses.
The interior has a zipper pocket & a couple slip pockets too.
Rubie is not to big but also not to small 12"W X 12" H X 3" D ( yes it will hold your iPad)
Even though the instructions are written for faux leather there are tips for sewing it in fabrics.
Here is Rubie in fall colors !!

                                                                   ...front hidden slip pocket
...turn the cuff up for a deeper bag with a lovely accent

The pattern comes with instructions for 3 different versions for the back. Maybe you prefer a zipper ??
Or a wide full pocket like on my fabric version ??
                                                           ...full pocket along the back
this is cotton ( looks like concrete) and suede 
Regardless which version you can personalize Rubie to meet your needs !

If you don't believe me...look at the beautiful samples the testing team made !

Barbara prefers to sew with cotton so she made not 1 but 2 Rubies since she enjoyed it so much ! Love the gray linen and she chose the full back pocket version.

she added faux piping to the pleats...lovely accent!!

Bernice says she's a beginner to bag making but I can't call her a beginner anymore since she just jumps in and tests every pattern I throw at her ...without fear ! Great job Bernice ! 

Christine went wild and made 3 Rubies plus 2 she hacked ( after all she is the #1 bag hacker and and no pattern is exempt for her hacks.....not even mine!!LOL
You can see more of her bags & the hacks on her blog ...enjoy a chuckle or two!
                                                     ....  Love Kilroy under the flap!!
                                                  .......even in cork its stunning!!!
...and a bit of gold!!

Dyan is new to the testing team..actually this was her first time testing ...guess we didn't scare her off since she made 2 beautiful Rubies in fabric ! Love the accent cuffs !

Jayne pulled out her favorite faux leather ( mixed with her wild side) to make this Rubie ! Looks like real leather to me...gorgeous !

Judith used the fabulous faux leather and eh bag was sold the minute it came out of her machine ! Guess she'll be making another  ?! 

Judy made this lovely brown faux leather version.

Laura went for classy winter white!! Love that tassel !! Laura's comment to the pattern was---"I must say that this has been one of the most enjoyable tests I have done! The pattern is well written and the sequence is right on."!
Love the hot pink lining!! Sexy lady!!

Leslie ( the pattern is named after her sweet daughter) ....loves to sew with canvas so you made one out of canvas fabrics & added a diagonal zipper to the front ! Love the colors!!

Maria...always makes such beautiful romantic bags...this one is no exception! 

Marilyn knocked my socks off with her know I love this bag!! What could be better then red textured faux leather ...dreamy !!! 

...look at this fun lining fabric!

Pat is making a Rubie out of leather, unfortunately her hubby had surgery so she couldn't finish but I wanted to say Hi...I am thinking of you and hopefully your hubby is well soon so you can get back to sewing !!LOL

Sandie also made a lovely versions in cottons.. she wrote ..."it is really out of my comfort zone, but has been a lot of fun!! " 

Sue made this beautiful version out of embossed vinyl ..gorgeous!

Last but not least ...Susan made this fancy version with silver vinyl & eco-leather ! Makes me want to go out & celebrate !! Perfect for the holidays!

A big thank you to my testing team!!! Thank you ladies !!!
As always you have done a fantastic job!! 

Hope you enjoyed seeing all the Rubies as much as I did! ?

If you want make your own can find the pattern on my Craftsy shop 
and it is on Sale for $5.95 (reg. $6.95) till Sunday 6pm   till Monday 6pm 

Happy Sewing !
P.S. I almost forgot to thank my proofreaders Margareth Tai & Cathy Stoddart ...without you I would have commas everywhere !LOL ( they are probably reading this post and getting the red pen out !! LOL)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Embroidering on Faux Leather ..

When I posted my Sewing Kate Tote on Facebook I was asked numerous times how I know where and how to place my embroidery designs on my projects. So I figured it was time to do a little tutorial & share how I do it.

 Since every embroidery machine is a bit different I'm not going to going to details on how to use your embroidery machine, I am assuming you have learned how to do that.  If you haven't it's time to dig out your manual and learn since you are missing out on a whole lot of fun!!

I use the program Essentials by Embrillance ( and Thumbnailer ..a must have but that's another topic) I have no affiliation with them, they are not paying me to say nice things, I bought the program myself..I just love it since it's easy, Mac compatible and affordable. This is what I use to view, edit & print out my designs.

** I always cut my fabric piece abit larger ( 1/2" -1") then the pattern piece in case the design pulls the fabric smaller or in case my placement is off a bit I still have "playroom'" to move my design.

For me the hardest part is always deciding which design to use. Once I had decided on the design I print it out and place it on my pattern where I think I want it.

I cut the design out of the paper (roughly), makes it easier to handle.
In the middle of the design there are crosshairs which mark the center of your design. This is you orientation point !! Point X !
I place the pattern on my fabric where I would like it to be.
Then I fold the paper along the crosshairs and make a mark on my fabric where the center mark is.
Now you have the middle point on your design.
Since I embroider a lot on faux suede / leather .. I will be showing how to hoop it.
You can't hoop faux leather so you have to "float' it...which means hooping your stabilizer  and floating your fabric on top. ( I use stitch 'n' tear because I am lazy to use a cutout ! LOL)

I hoop the stabilizer then I spray 505 basting spray on the stabilizer.

Now comes the tricky part...if you can't move the center point on your machine (on my Janome MC 500E I can, so this is easier for me then on some machines )  There are 4 little Nibs on your hoop that are center orientation marks. Try to line it up as best as you can with them. Press the fabric down on the sprayed stabilizer ( this will hold it in place during stitching)

** If you can not move the center point on your machine...
then you are going have to try and line up the center marks on our fabric with the template grid that came with your hoop. Move your fabric till you can see the crosshairs in the center hole. Press the fabric down onto the spray baste stabilizer so it holds it in place...this is floating !

If your machine allows you to move your design in the hoop you have it easier since you only have to "float" your faux leather in the hoop as close to the center mark as you can get and your machine will let you move it to the exact mark ( check your manual on how to do it on your machine ). On my machine it has these arrows that let me move the center starting point of the design till my needle lines up with it.

Now that you have your fabric in the hoop....centered ...all you have to do is press the Start button and enjoy watching your design stitch.

Once the design is done...remove it from the hoop ( remove the stabilizer carefully from the back side of your design)....trim the piece down to the size you need ...using the center chalk mark as your reference.

Wasn't that easy!!??

Hope this takes some of the mystery out of hooping on faux leather/suede and that you will dust off your embroidery machine and give it a try!! She is dying to make beautiful things with you!! LOL

Happy Stitching !!

If you have any other question feel free to ask!

Embroidery designs : Tape measure & scissors are Urban Threads
                                 : Tomato, Thimble & Spools are Embroidery Library
                                 : The safety pin & pins are unknown ??
                                 : Words were added to the designs with Essentials program


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