I seem to be running a full day behind on everything lately and I can’t help but think it has something to do with the horrid new sleep schedule, or maybe I should call it: “awake schedule” my children have adopted. If they were adults they would be the most productive adults in the world as they appear to need NEGATIVE sleep time. While most of the world is in constant need of getting “more sleep,” my children believe they need to get “more awake.” And we are all suffering for it. I blame the long summer days. We still need sunglasses and sunscreen at 9 PM here in Texas and I can only guess that my kids think that they should NEVER sleep while the sun is out. Well, in the summer here, the sun is out about 99% of the 24 hour day.
For someone who tries to get her blogging done while the children are asleep, this is proving to be very detrimental to the blog schedule. They just don’t seem to get it. Mommy’s trying to get a blog post done over here, sweeties, IGNORE THE SUN.
Okay, rant over. Today’s post is all about the bags!
I realized something recently about myself. I realized why I am obsessed with making bags, and cases, and zip pouches and the like. Until recently, my whole life, I was the type that could not resist the purchase of a cute new purse or bag, regardless of the need. It was unhealthy. I have always loved bags and have always had more than I need taking up space in my closet. A lack of disposable income + children cured me a while back of my bag buying habit, but I think my subconscious is trying to make up for it, and now instead of buying them I can’t stop making them! What’s worse: I should be selling them on Etsy and at least getting back some money for my time and materials but I really don’t want to get RID of them! I need to make at least two of each one so I can keep one for myself and there just isn’t TIME for that (see previous rant regarding kids’ “awake” schedule).
So today’s post is a gallery of the handmade bags and cases and pouches I have done over the week: the ones that are getting sold on Etsy and the ones I am keeping…and then I need to stop. I mean, making bags is fine but after this week, my motto MUST be:
If I makes it, I sells it.
Second rant over. On to the bags.
First up: Y’all remember the key to my heart purse that I have posted pics of recently. It started out as a little coin purse and morphed into a crossbody bag:
Well, I had a friend from high school who I still keep in touch with via Facebook contact me quite a while back. Knowing how into sewing I have become (and being a very supportive Facebook friend – the kind all bloggers appreciate – engaging, liking , and sharing – you folks cannot be beat), she presented me with a challenge: she uses her Ipad for work quite a bit but doesn’t want to carry it with her when she doesn’t need it otherwise. She is very much a grab-and-go, and take as little with you as possible kind of girl, and she was tired of transferring stuff from one purse to another depending on whether she needed to bring the Ipad with her in her travels on a given day. SO: make an Ipad case that has some kind of detachable, smaller purse that always keeps your necessary stuff – like keys, phone, etc. This way you can carry both the Ipad and other stuff when you need to, but detach them when you want to carry just the essentials. So I present to you, yet another reworking of the “key to my heart” purse. I made the case to fit my Chromebook since I had already recently made an Ipad case:
I love this thing. I have a few kinks to work out with regards to finishing the inside. I also might consider snap attachments rather that having the purse attach with the hoops (because that’s even MORE convenient) but I need to test the strength of the snaps. It’s on my “eventually” list. For now, I have a Chromebook case with a matching and detachable purse that I just love! You would think my obsession with making “things that hold things” would have been satiated with this gem, but no. Moving on.
I recently purchased my own Everyday Oils starter kit from Young Living and I am having a blast playing with and researching the characteristics of all the different oils I received, Only problem: the kits came with A LOT of stuff spread out in some lovely packaging – but too big for taking everything with me on the go. I am about to embark on our summer Jersey trip very soon, and have been working on a way to keep the oils much more compact. At first I came up with this:
And I love it but it doesn’t hold enough oils for me. It’s listed on Etsy for someone who only needs to hold about eight bottles. So next up: MY new case! I call it:
Essential Owls. Hehe. Get it? (Insert roll of the eyes from anyone who knows me here).
Okay, it also had a few kinks but it fits everything I need and I LOVE the fabric. I want to eventually make more of these to sell, so they, too, are on the “eventually” list.
So I should be all set now, right? No more bag making? Nope.
Here is a little pouch for my daughter. I was working on another idea I had and this pouch wasn’t going to fit the bill – but the doodle loves it!
Done? Oh no.
I just love that vintage key fabric that I made my heart purse with but that purse is awfully small. What if I want a bigger bag? A reversible tote? Yes! This is one that I actually DID make two of because I really wanted to keep the first, and they honestly are pretty easy to construct, so here you go. One for me, one for Etsy!
Okay, really, should be done now, right? Nope! One more! What if I want an even bigger, beach type bag while we are in NJ? What if I want something with a pop of color? I love the heart theme, though, so we’ll keep that. Enter the reversible, everything, every way tote!
This thing is awesome because it’s totally reversible, like my other tote, but it’s bigger and it can actually be worn crossbody style OR carried as a tote. AND it takes on a very different look when you reverse it. Check this out! Same bag:
Definitely can’t give this one up. I got this awesome idea over HERE in case you are interested in trying this out yourself. I changed the size to make it slightly larger, and added a (heart-shaped) pocket on mine and a button/elastic enclosure for both sides. I also wanted to have a two-toned strap. I thought that would be fun and a little funky…as funky as I get, anyway.
Folks, I hope you enjoyed my handmade bags gallery today! the last installment of the doodle dress sew along is coming out this week (crosses fingers. sleep, children, please sleep) so check back with me or subscribe and we’ll finish this dress! I hope y’all have had a wonderful weekend and a great start to your week. I’ll be seeing you back here soon!
Which was your favorite from the bag gallery today?