On a recent sewing day, I sewed My Favorite Bag Pattern from Kati Cupcake. A super cute DIY purse that I can’t wait to use and show off.
I love Sewing Saturdays! Every couple of months I get together with some of my sisters and my mom and we have a sewing day. Sometimes we all do the same projects but this time, most of us worked on different things.
My sister Tracy and I made this super cute purse. The pattern we followed is called My Favorite Bag by Kati Cupcake and it is available on Amazon. I usually prefer to sew without patterns, but that also means that what I sew doesn’t look anything like what I envisioned.
The fun part for me is always picking out the fabric.
I love going to a fabric store and seeing so many choices, I take it as a challenge to find that perfect combination.
I have been asked how I find my combinations of fabric so I thought I would share. It does require some time and a lot of walking back and forth but I think it is all so much fun, so I don’t mind.
Finding Coordinating Fabrics
Get your walking shoes on because you are going to be doing a lot of pacing and walking around the fabric section. The project will determine how many different fabrics you will need. The smaller the project the fewer fabrics you will need.
Begin by looking through the available fabric for 2-3 prints that you absolutely love. One of these will be the main fabric.
Using the favorites as a guide, look through the fabric for other fabrics that match in color, style, and patterns. The most important thing is that you like how the fabrics work together.
Now you should have a couple different piles of coordinating fabrics, lay all of them out and decide which grouping you like best. Sounds easy but it can take up to an hour. That is why my husband refuses to go to the fabric store with me!
In theory, it sounds easy but the choosing of fabric can take awhile. It is best if you can go at a time you don’t feel rushed, but can take your time. When possible, leave the hubby and kids at home. 🙂
My Favorite Bag Pattern
The pattern is well written and simple to follow but I would say that it is for the more experienced sewer. The grommets were fun because I had never done those before so I now I have another trick in my hat!
I really do love how it turned out and I am so excited to carry my stuff around it in because I know I am going to get compliments on my totally cute bag.
I also love all of the pockets along the outside and inside. You can’t have too many pockets!
Do you remember my iPad Mini Case Sewing Pattern I made a bit ago? My niece Tyler tackled that same project. I love the colors and the fabrics that she chose. She did such a good job!
My sister Carla, my niece Jennifer and my Mom all worked on making scarves. I can’t believe I didn’t get any pictures because they were all so cute.
My sister Tracy also on this super cute Valentines Banner.
The sewing day was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed getting together with my family. We laughed, shared stories and created. You can’t get better than that!
Do you get together with friends or family for a sewing day? What have you made? Share and leave a comment below!
And let’s be friends on Pinterest so you can see all the fun projects I’m pinning!
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