Friday, November 18, 2016

Fussy Cutting ...

When I use to do a lot of hand appliqué I did a lot of fussy cutting, so when I started making bags it was natural for me to apply that technique to my bags.

In case your asking yourself...what is fussy cutting ??

Fussy cutting ...is when you deliberately cut a piece of fabric so it shows off a picture or print. You are "fussy" about cutting the design out so it is exactly where you want it.

The front of this Grace was not just luck...it was fussy cut !

...this technique lets me see exactly where the fabric design will be on my pattern piece when it is cut out....no disappointing placements.

It is really easy to do and produces great results every time. It also lets me "audition" if a fabric is right for the pattern?

1 - When I am cutting out my paper pattern piece I cut it out neatly so that I can tape it together like big Window or "View Finder".

2 - I lay the "View Finder" on my fabric and move it around to see which image I would like to see?
The first picture was a definite no-go!!

 ...this view was much better!
3 - Once the "View" is decided...I do not move my "View Finder". Carefully I place the pattern piece inside the View Finder and pin it down.
4- Now I remove the "View Finder" and cut the piece out. 
** For faux leather I use the technique except I don't "pin" my pattern piece on ...I use masking tape to hold it in place.
....you can find more info on embroidering on faux leather *here*

The down size of fussy cutting is you end up with "swiss cheese" fabric
.....but lovely bags!
*** Another variable I considered when planning my "Fussy Cutting" on Grace was the handle placement.

Whether I was using fabric or planning to embroider on faux leather, I measured 1 1/2" down from the top edge of the circle. I made a chalk line....
 ...this is the inside of the handle placement mark.
 Knowing where my handle will be on my finished piece lets me know if I need to move the fabric/design up or down for perfect placement.
...for the embroidery version I continued stitching the design first using the "Embroidering on Faux Leather tutorial", then cut it out as stated above.

Now that you know my big secret of fussy cutting ...you can have perfect placement too!!


Happy Sewing


P.S. You can find the pattern for Grace and my other designs on Craftsy 




Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rubie Crossbody Bag...

*** For some reason this post didn't go out on Friday as planned...so 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 pick...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 bag...you 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 Rubie...you 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)

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