Monday, September 29, 2014

RUSH HOUR Blog Hop...My Turn

Happy Tuesday! I am so excited to be joining this RUSH HOUR blog hop put together by the best cheerleaders around, Mdm. Samm and Carol. I had the opportunity to use this beautiful bundle of fabrics from Studio E. This is a beautiful mix of fun modern prints. 


As I think about RUSH hour and what I would really like to design to make life easy for me as I am always in a RUSH these days. Everyone in my family are in high school or college and I need to have something that will take me through my busy days. I must have a planner to make sure everyone gets to where they need to be. I wanted to make the red print pop so I used the black and white prints for the background then added the red flower on top. The flower is machine appliqu├ęd to make it a quick project.


I used the ribbon that Studio E used to wrap their lovely bundle with as a bookmark. It just looks nicely pulled together.


I have never really made a bag for myself that I could use for everything but when I saw these fabrics it was time for some selfish sewing. I started drafting up the pattern and the measurements that I need. The requirement was that it be sturdy, roomy, lots of pockets big and small, fits my camera and laptop should I ever need to have them both with me. I also need to be able to wear it crossbody so my hands could be free to juggle other tasks. This was the final result and let me just say that there was a lot of pain involved. I got pricked quite a few times pinning but it was so worth it!


This is the full length pocket in case I want to have my laptop on the front of the bag. I added an accent to the pocket using one of the red word prints. I did not have larger pieces so I used this black and white print I had in my stash for the exterior of the bag and shoulder strap. I think it worked out very well.


The back has a full length zip pocket and it's also large enough to fit my laptop comfortably. During the process of making this bag which I've named Ruby, I have learned how to sew the zipper pocket in a whole different way. I wanted it to have all the raw edges enclosed like what you would see at the department stores so I thought about it and thought about it. Made a test run and it worked! I love how I can see things in my mind and make it happen. 


I had to squeeze in one more project with these pretty fabrics. This is the Bloom Zipper Pouch. This one was quick to make. I like to use zipper pouches to organize my cards, money, receipts, cell phone and other knick knacks. 




I will have the planner cover pattern available shortly after the hop in my shop. The planner cover fits any 5x8 size planner/calendar. 

A BIG thank you to the good folks at Studio E for the beautiful fabric bundle and Mdm. Samm and Carol for putting this wonderful blog hop together. You're all the BEST!


Tuesday, September 30

64 comments:

Amy said...

Kim, I just love your journal cover. Sew bright and cheery. The bag looks so very handy and very cute.

Judy B said...

Your bag is fabulous! Love the journal cover's pretty red flower. Thank you for sharing.

Carol said...

I love how you used the ribbon as a marker in that cute cover and the bag is perfect for all the rushing around we do. Great projects!

Carla said...

Hi Kim. That is a very nice bundle of fabric and you did extraordinary things with it. I'm in awe of your journal cover and your bag looks great!

Anita said...

Lovely projects, look at that rose on the journal cover! The Rush Hour fabric makes the details stand out so nicely.

Heleen Groot said...

You did a lot, during rush hour! I love the flower on the journal cover. And that bag is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

All lovely projects, especially love the bag.

Nancy said...

Love the Bag Kim!! and the other pieces go so well with it!! I'll be looking forward to your Planner cover too! Thanks for sharing your lovely pieces with all of us!!
Huggs, Nancy

Mdm Samm said...

divine creations and as a bag maker how nice you have one for you .....i now know why you wanted this fabric bundle...lovely projects..

Shari said...

Love your planner cover, great use of the ribbon for a book mark. Great projects!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

very inventive, Kim."..love each piece

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Wonderful projects! I love the floral touches.

Thearica said...

You made some great projects with the fabric. Love the journal cover.. I would definitely use that.

Linda said...

wonderful projects! I love what you've done with the fabrics! They each look so well made and useful as well as really pretty!

carla said...

Hi!!!! Your projects are Wow!!!! I love your bag!!!! All those pockets and it is cross body makes it so wonderful!!!! I love your flowers too!!!! Thank You

charlotte said...

What a great bag! I love it, so professionally done. Your journal cover is so cute. That tiny bit of green really pops. Great job.

Lori said...

all your projects are lovely. thank you so much for sharing and for inspiring.

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Wonderful projects !

Linda J said...

The laptop bag is my favorite but how cute is your little zip bag and planner cover! Good on you that you can draft and design. I can execute and modify--go to your strengths?

Vickie said...

Hi Kim, I really like what you did with that pretty stack of fabrics....especially the planner !

krislovesfabric said...

That bag looks beautiful and so nice that your two other projects coordinate :) Great work!

The Slow Quilter said...

Kim everything looks great with this fabric, I just love the journal cover and zipper pouch. Being a bag lady myself, I want it.

Scrappy quilter said...

Lovely especially the bag.

Scrappy quilter said...

I love the bag. Great jon

sew.darn.quilt said...

All your pieces are delightful, I really like the pouch with flower:)
Thank you for sharing.

Needled Mom said...

Those are both great projects. I love the flower addition on the bag.

Lana said...

Isn't that just the prettiest thing EVER!!!! I love the little flower on the planner and the flower on the little bag...Sew Creative!!! Very well done!

Joanne said...

What wonderful projects! The flower on the journal cover is adorable and even though the bag was a pain, it is awesome! Thanks for sharing your creations with us today.

Joan Kawano said...

Ruby is just fabulous. Isn't it rewarding when we can see something and make it happen with a bit of trial and error stitching! You will have to share your zipper application with is soon. Cute little planner cover and the Bloom zipper pouch is just perfect to keep "stuff" in. I love the little bloom!

Mary Ann said...

You always hear "It's all in the details". It certainly is. The ribbon in your journal, the flower on the zip bag, all the pockets on your big bag. Amazing. Really good job on all.

Susan said...

Great projects. I am in awe that you can design your own bag to your own specifications I like the journal cover and the use of the ribbon as a bookmark.

Kwilt Krazy said...

oh I love your bag. That was a creative idea to use the ribbon as a marker in your journal too.

Lane Hill House said...

I like that you can envision what you want to make and it turns out like you thought it would! That is neat. I especially like your journal | calendar cover ~ that would work for me! And... the little round ring you added to your bag strap ~ how unique. You are a winner! These would be fun to have. Very creative. Thanks for your fun post. I was here yesterday and didn't see where to open your ~*read more*~ and glad I found it today. You are a prize! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Cute projects Kim! I love the bag! Have a happy day!

Julie in WA said...

Your journal cover is so cute! What a great way to use the ribbon from the fat quarter bundle!

Janarama said...

Fun projects. I especially love the handbag.

toniaconner said...



the clutch is my favorite of the set. All of them are very cute. Thanks for joining the hop. Hope to see you again soon.

barbara woods said...

love your bag

Doris Rice said...

Very lovely and functional projects. I love it when I have a vision and it actually works... the first time! Maybe you can share the technique with us sometime.

Createology said...

I don't think there is anything selfish about your fabulous projects which will help you during all those Rush Hours we experience. Great Project Planner Cover, Ruby Bag and Zipper Pouch. Thank you sew very much for sharing and hopping. Creative Rush Hour Bliss...

Teatime Creations said...

What a cute collection of projects.Love the journal cover which pops with the red flower. Sew nice.

BarbCarol said...

Love the bag! I like the journal/calendar cover, also, but my iPad has taken over the written word for me....probably a detriment. Good work.

Julia Plunkett said...

Great use of your fabrics. Love how you used the red to accent your projects! Thanks for sharing.

evelyn said...

I love the cross body bag, the fabrics are great, and the style so useful. Great idea to have a personalized journal cover, it makes you want to use it more!

Mary Pat Callihan said...

Hi Kim! Both of your bags are very cool, but I think that planner is so creative...especially your use of the ribbon! So well done!

Mary Pat Callihan said...

So, Kim, Hi! I already posted,once and if I am doubling a post, just delete one. Anyway, I said before (and now) your two bags are great but I just love the planner! It is thinking outside the box and I just love it that you used the ribbon too!!

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Love all of your projects, Kim! I think it's a fantastic idea to sell the pattern for the cover!!

Patty D from NC said...

great projects! you did a fabulous job

StitchinByTheLake said...

Kim this is just the greatest bag - I love the design! blessings, marlene

LJ said...

The projects are wonderful and I was so pleased to see that you used the ribbon - it is so perfect!

Mary said...

Love your bag, and the zipper pouch and planner cover. They are wonderful.

MoeWest said...

Great projects! I love a well-designed bag!

Farm Quilter said...

Brilliant to use the ribbon as a bookmark for your planner!! Perfect for your adorable planner cover! Your big bag is fabulous!! You need to write that one up as a pattern too - awesome!! Your little zippy bag is too cute! You did a fabulous job on all of them.

Jeneta said...

I love your bag; the design and fabrics are perfect.

Jane's Quilting said...

You sure did that fabric justice. What great and usuful projects. You are going to love u send your bag. I made myself one (only smaller, didn't make a pouch for my lap top) anyway, I use it all the time.

Theresa said...

Really cute book cover and bag. Love the flower embellishment.

Gmama Jane said...

i Love details and the little flower on the zipper pouch caught my eye. It was the detail that made your zipper bag stand out! The bag looked SEW well made and again, I'm so jealous of all the bags you girls are making! I wish I could have you stand beside me and walk me through the process. Tutorials are not as helpful for me...I need 3D.
Nicely done!
Blessings
Gmama Jane

Leah said...

I really like the shape of your bag. It is perfect for these fabrics. Love your planner and your other small zipper tote. Everything is fantastic. Love the touch of green too.

Jeanna said...

All three of your projects are fantastic!!! I love the planner cover with the flower on top as well as the bags. You did a great job!

madebymeinred said...

Really neat bags and book cover. Great details. I'd feel like a princess with those.

Dr Sonia S V said...

How beautiful all your projects look
Cheers
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts Kids Projects

creativity amongst chaos said...

Just beautiful projects! LOVE your bag! It is to die for!!! Thanks so much for participating in the hop and making it such a wonderful treat for the rest of us!

Mara said...

All pretty, love how you did the flower on the pouch.

apple blossom said...

nice work. thanks for sharing