If you've been following me on Social Media, you may already know that I recently became a Brand Rep for Sew Hot, one of my absolute favourite shops for fabrics and bagmaking supplies! Over the next 12 months, I will receive up to 4 mystery bundles from them and in return, I get to create whatever bags I like and show them off! My first bundle arrived early September and here is what I got to play with!
- Cheery Blossoms Cherries in Apple - Robert Kaufman
- Cheery Blossoms Small Cherries in Natural - Robert Kaufman
- Essex Linen Ruby - Robert Kaufman
- Rex Faux Leather Fabric in Red
- Zips by the Yard Burgundy from Sallie Tomato
- 1.25" D-rings in Antique Brass 4 pack from Emmaline Bags
- 1" Antique Brass Flat slider 2 pack from By Annie
I love red, have always wondered whether I should try a bit of red faux leather but always stopped myself from buying it...in case I couldn't pull it off! So you can imagine my glee yet feeling of being slightly overwhelmed by this very red bundle!
PROJECT #1 - SANDHILL SLING
I initially used a Teflon foot on the faux Rex red leather, but it's so smooth and easy to sew that a standard foot will work just as well. I also used a Microtex needle to prevent the faux leather from tearing.
Here I'm using a standard presser foot to topstitch the faux leather, which has grip but still glides over the fabric.
All the pieces prepared, my Cheery Blossom Sandhill Sling is ready to assemble!
Presenting...the Cherries Sandhill Sling! I absolutely love how this turned out - the tomato red faux leather is a perfect match with the "Cheery Blossom" cherries print and the burgundy zipper tape adds a nice contrast.
I almost made that shoulder piece in the faux red leather too, but decided the cherries would break up the two reds from the webbing and the faux leather.
And even more luscious cherries on the inside!
PROJECT #2 - FERRIS FANNY PACK
For my second bag make, I chose the Ferris Fanny Pack pattern from Sallie Tomato. With more in-person craft fairs coming up, I thought it would be a neat idea to make a waist bag pattern and I settled on the medium (mama bear) size as I want it to be big enough to fit my card reader.
Already looking so cute...I'm adding the side panels to this Ferris Fanny Pack...here's the front, swipe right for the super cute lining. The pattern calls for fusible fleece only but I wanted a little bit more padding, so trimmed down the fleece seam allowance and added another layer of woven cotton interfacing on top.
And even more cherries for the inside!
And she's finished! Introducing the Cherries hip bag, isn't she cute?!
The medium Ferris is the perfect size for a card reader to take along to craft fairs.
With thanks to Sew Hot for taking me out of my comfort zone and choosing these amazing fabrics for me to work with! I'm looking forward to showcasing these beauties at my upcoming craft fairs!