I had today off and will enjoy my final day off tomorrow. It was really rainy today. We were able to get a walk late this morning. Most of it was in either no rain or light rain. But the first mile was pretty wet.
These boys don’t mind. They LOVE getting rubbed down with a towel when they’re wet!
Aside from our walk this morning and a short walk after dinner, I spent the entire day in the house. So I decided to crank out another Frankenbag for a gift for a friend… a late holiday gift.
I dug into some blocks that a friend gave me that are made with a lot of KFC fabrics and some other fabrics thrown in. I picked out some that read yellow and started cutting and designing. I decided to use lots of Brandon Mably’s black and white designs for a different look.
Here’s the mostly finished bag. I did realize as I was sewing the top stitching on the top of the bag that I forgot to add the zipper placket before I finished the lining. I’ll add it tomorrow after the fact. I was too tired when I got done and needed to be fresh to make sure it looks nice!
I consider this the front of the bag. It really doesn’t matter, it just affects where I put the pockets and how I position the zipper placket.
Here’s a close up of that sweet little bird in the upper right.
Here’s the other side of the bag.
I just love all that black and white! It gives the blocks such a different feel. I really had fun cutting up the blocks my friend gave me.
Here’s the pockets on the inside. There’s a double slip pocket and a zipper pocket made from the tutorial I linked to in my last blog post. I made the zipper pocket really generous.
I just love that onion rings fabric for the inside of that zipper pocket! What a fun pop of graphic bliss! And this simpler zipper pocket is much better than the more complicated one I made in the Aboriginal fabric bag I finished a few days ago. I will use this more simple approach in future bags.
I think I will make the zipper placket out of the onion rings fabric. I think it will tone down the yellow lining a bit and will be a nice element with all the black and white on the outer bag. I’ll decide for sure tomorrow.
Here’s a view of the bag with a peek at the lining. I really like it!
I realized today that it’s been seven years since I bought my Bernina. This picture was taken the day I bought it.
This machine has been a work horse for me. It would be fun to know how many hours of sewing I’ve put on this baby. And that reminds me… I do need to take this in for its annual service. Luckily I have a great local shop that is quick and does a great job.
I bought the Bernina from a friend of mine who is a very accomplished quilter. She was getting rid of it because she was having some issues with her sight and needed a machine that had a better lighting system. I got a screaming deal on it from her. It’s much more machine than I’ll ever need, but I love it all the same.
I have a bunch of Frankenbags from readers to share with you tonight.
First up is this gorgeous bag from Maddie Pepe. I just love this bag! The fish fabric on the front. The graphic black and white. All the saturated colors. I just love it. And she’s added some extra pockets. I love it when people customize their own bags!
Next up is the bag made by Celia Garcia Goins. I love that green, yellow and black, and those little pears are so cute! This is her first bag of 2022 and she made it in four hours! I think there may be more in her future!
Next up is a whole bunch of bags made by Tina Hadden. Tina has made some customizations to the Frankenbag with all kinds of padded pockets, different handle applications, and she’s used some really fun fabrics.
Here’s the first one. I just love those little sun panels! What a great use for that fabric. And the tree on the other side is really cool. The third photo shows some of Tina’s customizations.
Here’s Tina’s second bag. I love all those stripes and graphic black and whites, and I love those dark and colorful fabrics. You can she she’s made a single shoulder strap on this bag.
Her third bag has another one of those fun trees and Kaffe’s Jupiter design is so perfect for a tree! I’ll have to remember that! And I love that huge red bloom with all the black and white. And look at all those pockets on the inside. Plus another shoulder strap. I’ve actually been wanting to make one with a single strap.
Here’s Tina’s fourth bag.
… and number five… this one reminds me that I’ve wanted to make one out of Brandon’s octopus fabric. I need to make another one for a late holiday gift. It might have to be from octopus!
And finally, her sixth bag!!! Another fun one with the contrast KFC fabrics, big blooms, and that fun piece of onion rings! Love it!
Thanks to everyone who sent photos!
One more day off. I hope I can be productive. I have a few errands to run but do plan to get some sewing done.