3.26.2012

Made: Project Sewing 101- Craft Caddy.

First of all, I just wanted to say that your comments, suggestions, and answers to my questions throughout Project Sewing 101 have been very appreciated and taken to heart.  During this post today, I will highlight a few of your comments, addressing how they applied and helped me succeed in the latest project in my studies, the Crafty Caddy.



For the most part, I enjoyed making this bag.  It was a lot more work than any of the projects have been so far.  I did butcher a few parts of it, including sewing the inside lining dividers folded side NOT up, not realizing my mistake until the whole bag was sewn together.  So, I had to add these lame patches to cap them:


The bottom of this caddy was to be reinforced with heavy duty interfacing.  I really didn't know much about it, and asked in a previous project if I had used the correct type. Monica directed me to a very helpful article about it online. Melinda & Duni helped me to figure out what brands and type I should be looking for for this type of project:







I am definitely getting better with sewing rounded corners thanks to more practice and some very helpful tips from Lin , Erika , & Judy .  After notching where needed, pinning to a degree of overlap, slowing WAY down on my stitching, and stopping to readjust pins as needed, I feel confident and in control of rounded corners.  I had to rip out the seams on the outside part a few times, but I think it looks OK.  I'm most proud of the perfect rounded lining.




So thanks all for your help!  You've really made a difference for me in understanding what the heck the book was leaving out.  Now, if I could just get single binding down (currently working on some quilted place mats!)

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Today I'm linking up with Artful Rising's It's a Wrap Party .

22 comments:

bhrett @ lost in relocation said...

I can't say I know anything about the technicalities of sewing, but it looks beautiful to me :)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

To someone who doesn't sew..this looks amazing!!! I can't see a single flaw!
Your sewing skills have really come together. There are so many elements to this bag that I can tell your hard work is really paying off!

Additionsstyle said...

Nancy, that bag looks fantastic. Looks like the help you received was helpful, cause you did a great job on that bag. I love the fabric you choose as well, I am sure this bag will get a lot of use.
Valerie
Everyday Inspird

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

I've never sewn a bag before, so it looks pretty good to me! The fabric is cute, too.

LimeRiot said...

Oh, Nancy!! It has been so fun watching your progression through this personal challenge. I'm amazed at all of the incredible things you've made!! That bag looks perfect to me. I would never know that you goofed any part of it.

My own progress has stalled due to other project priorities and a bit of just life stuff :). I continue to be inspired by your work though and I'll be diving back under my machine soon!

Rose said...

I second Edi's comments on this! It's awesome that you have so many talented sewers out there giving you such great tips. Your hard work is definitely paying off. As always, I look forward to seeing what's next.

BeadedTail said...

You made that? You are turning into a fabulous sewer! I don't even know what interfacing is so I'm beyond impressed!

Keytiques said...

What an awesome project! I really need to start working on my sewing skills one day, I could never do something like this!

Kathleen said...

Very fun! This looks great - what a handy sewing caddy!

Splendid Little Stars said...

What a cool bag! How great that it has such organization--dividers inside and pockets outside.
It's also great that you can post your sewing issues here and there are friends to respond with help.
It's been fun to see your progress and projects!

Duni said...

Wow, that's an amazing craft bag, Nancy! I'm impressed, specially since it's your first I believe :)
Your edge stitching is perfect!
With bags the steps are always inside out - takes a bit of getting used to!
I love all the compartments and pockets on this bag!

Hot Rocks said...

Well, I am a non sewer, and it looks fantastic to me! I would use it as a fashionable beach bag! Pockets, for sunscreen, water bottle,lip balm and sections inside for towel, a book and a snack!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Awesome caddy! This look so useful too!!!

storybeader said...

that's a great bag. I like the three sections you made. It's wonderful that other bloggers and friends can make suggestions that helped you! {:-D

Lin said...

You can make your own binding by cutting on the bias (so it is flexible) and then you can make it out of the fabric you like and it will match nicely. When you piece the pieces of the binding together to make one long piece, sew it on an angle--it will make it stronger and less likely to put stress on the pieced section.

Does that make sense? Let me know if you need help on that.

LOVE this bag!! The fabric is fabulous! you are really progressing. How fun is it that you have your own sewing bee going on here. :)

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

Well.. you know that i know nothing about sewing, so I don't understand the techincal sides of your explanations.. but I see this bag and I immediately LOVE it.. the fabric you chose, the colors, the size.. if it were mine, I'd bring it to the beach! It looks perfect with all of its compartments! love love! :)

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

This is just awesome!

Judy Nolan said...

Well, Nancy, you have one very functional bag with some great compartments. I thought your solution to putting in the dividers upside down was clever, even though you were disappointed not to catch the error until it was too late. A bag is always challenging to sew, so congrats!

Monica said...

simply gorgeous bag!! love everything about it. thanks for the mention, btw. :-)

Melinda said...

I think that craft caddy came out beautifully, only you would notice the 'mistakes'! I'm always much harder on myself than anyone else! Nice work! :)

said...

I need to buy a bag just like this for my mother in law--- where can I find one!!!!

said...

I need to buy a bag just like this for my mother in law -- where can I buy one...for Christmas... UGH

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