Cuff ‘Links’ Closure

It's been a while since I made and sold the cashmere bag with the silk sash, so I guess it's time for another that closes in a similar fashion. This bag is merino.

It’s been a while since I made and sold the cashmere bag with the silk sash, so I guess it’s time for another that closes in a similar fashion. This bag is merino.

Here you can see the former shirt cuffs sticking out. They have been attached to either side of the bag and are tied together.

Here you can see the former shirt cuffs sticking out. They have been attached to either side of the bag and are tied together.

Sashes can be left open or buttoned open. There's a deep, 7 1/2" pocket inside.

Sashes can be left open or buttoned open. There’s a deep, 7 1/2″ pocket inside.

Here's a better view.

Here’s a better view.

I moved the buttons to the outside, so that the cuffs could also be linked together and buttoned, which closes the bag with more room inside and easy access to contents.

I moved the buttons to the outside, so that the cuffs could also be linked together and buttoned, which closes the bag with more room inside and easy access to contents.

It's a grey day to match the grey bag, but here's how it looks hanging on my shoulder.

It’s a grey day to match the grey bag, but here’s how it looks hanging on my shoulder. https://www.etsy.com/listing/218193236/b125-purse-light-grey-merino-large

Beauty and Beast

This was a beast to work with. The front of the sweater became the front of the bag, which was double the thickness of the rest of the sweater-

This was a beast to work with. The front of the sweater became the front of the bag, which was double the thickness of the rest of the sweater-

a plain ribbed grey. I think it's merino, but can't remember the label on this one.

a plain ribbed grey. I think it’s merino, but can’t remember the label on this one.

It's got the pull strap to close and open.

It’s got the pull strap to close and open.

And inside is a light green linen, with lots of shirt features left over. There's a two-section slip pocket.

And inside is a light green linen, with lots of shirt features left over. There’s a two-section slip pocket.

Totes

Getting some spring totes ready, adjusting my pull-through strap design to be used with fabric loops.

Getting some spring totes ready, adjusting my pull-through strap design to be used with fabric loops.

I gave it a bright yellow lining to help with seeing to the bottom of this 16" deep sack.

I gave it a bright yellow lining to help with seeing to the bottom of this 16″ deep sack.

I love the strap on this one, with the wooden buckle. The fabric was a cut-off piece of upholstery fabric that I picked up somewhere. Can't remember.

I love the strap on this one, with the wooden buckle. The fabric was a cut-off piece of upholstery fabric that I picked up somewhere. Can’t remember.

This can be carried over your arm with a shorter strap. Just pull it up between the loops.  https://www.etsy.com/listing/217285935/b112-tote-large-brown-floral-yellow?ref=listing-shop-header-1

This can be carried over your arm with a shorter strap. Just pull it up on either side of the loops.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/217285935/b112-tote-large-brown-floral-yellow?ref=listing-shop-header-1

Lovin’ the Linings

The outside is a really nice dark green, with a tan belt.

The outside is a really nice dark green, with a tan belt.

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Here's the back. Seam not centered by design. You know me...using up the available pieces from the original to make the biggest bag possible. Means more room inside for all your essentials!

Here’s the back. Seam not centered by design. You know me…using up the available pieces from the original to make the biggest bag possible. Means more room inside for all your essentials!

And, here's the best part...the lining. I like my insides to be light and bright. This adds a little flair for only you to enjoy. An Indian print (cotton, I believe) that I picked up at the flea fair last year. Pocket is 6" x 6".

And, here’s the best part…the lining. I like my insides to be light and bright. This adds a little flair for only you to enjoy. An Indian print (cotton, I believe) that I picked up at the flea fair last year. Pocket is 6″ x 6″.

Not Wool?

In December, after the holiday shows, I stepped away from the wool for a bit.

In December, after the holiday shows, I stepped away from the wool for a bit.

And really enjoyed not having to "manhandle" thick fabrics.

And really enjoyed not having to “manhandle” thick fabrics.

This little bag is made with an upholstery scrap from many year's ago. Found it in my mom's stash about 5 year's ago.

This little bag is made with an upholstery scrap from many year’s ago. Found it in my mom’s stash about 5 year’s ago.

The strap is cross-body length, and can be adjusted from 36"-50"+.

The strap is cross-body length, and can be adjusted from 36″-50″+.

Janome

I bought a new sewing machine this week. A Memory Craft 8200QC by Janome. And here’s the first bag made with the new machine. So far I just love the long arm, the quiet sound, and the extra height when raising the presser foot. Now I just have to master jumping the humps.

Here's the bag. Things went quite smoothly with this light weight merino.

Here’s the bag. Things went quite smoothly with this light weight merino.

I added a belt with leather trim, so needed an alternative closure to my signature cinch.

I added a belt with leather trim, so needed an alternative closure to my signature cinch.

And, the lining offered up a solution. I incorporated the button front of the IZOD shirt that I used as a lining. Here it is buttoned all the way across.

The lining offered up a solution. I incorporated the button front of the IZOD shirt that I used as a lining. Here it is buttoned all the way across.

And here it is with a few buttons open. First bag of 2015, and first bag on the Janome. Time will tell if it was worth the expense.

And here it is with a few buttons open. First bag of 2015, and first bag on the Janome. Time will tell if it was worth the expense.

Snowman Ornaments

Just the basics. Body, scarf, and a hat.

Just the basics. Body, scarf, and a hat.

I made twelve of these, and they are about three inches high. Upholstery thread secures the sections, and then wool yarn added for hanging.

I made twelve of these, and they are about three inches high. Upholstery thread secures the sections, and then wool yarn added for hanging.

Body sections are felted a second time after rolling and sewing- to make them round.

Body sections are felted a second time after rolling and sewing- to make them round.

The hats and scarf are wool skirts, felted. The bodies were a wool sweater. No face. No need.

The hats and scarf are wool skirts, felted. The bodies were a wool sweater. No face. No need. https://www.etsy.com/listing/215182264/snowman-frosty-primitive-wool-hand-sewn?