I am not a bag maker, I have made a few and I am still not a bag maker but that being said I love to challenge myself and expand my sewing experiences to include all sewing. Each time I try something new I learn and I think it builds my creativity.
This is my version of the the fabulous Valentine's Day Coupon Keeper by Heather Valentine!
The pattern is easy well written and I was able to put the bag together in one day ( including interruption from kids, dog, and general life stuff). The book provides enough photographs for this visual sewer to "get" what is going on without crying or pulling out hair. I need the visual help ALL the time!
The mini dresden I HAD to HAVE! I looked all over for a free pattern but ended up just purchasing this mini pattern from elegantius on Craftsy. I hand stitched the mini down with some beautiful Aurifil floss! The bag is also completely assembled with Aurifil 50wt. I would have used 40wt for an extra wow with the topstitching but I apparently ran out and forgot.
I am not a pink girl so I went with more of the reds for the mini that were all pulled from the now organized scrap bins. The reds look so fantabulous with the gray dots! The dots I chose are Patty Young from Mod Kid that are sold at Joann's ( get outta town)! I have to say I am super happy about Fabric Traditions stepping up their game with modern designers and better quality base fabrics. It helps to have more choices locally.
I made sure to use my "Magic in the Middle" Pellon Wonder Under to secure the dresden in place and Fusible Fleece to give the bag body and stability!
There is TONS of room on the inside of this bag for all of your stuff! There is even extra room for the emergency Aurifloss...LOL! And yes, I still have a stupid phone.
The front pocket is great for those extra coupons for your Wegmans almond milk... YUMMY savings!
and Heather was my CHEERLEADER for the video by Martingale! I could not have done it without her awesome support :o)
Here is her tips and tricks video on reinforcing corners, which I used on this bag.
Please stop by and visit the rest of blogs this week sharing the Valentine's Day inspired projects from the book Kitchen Stitches.
2/4 Becky at the Patchwork Posse
Kim at My Go-Go life
2/5 Amy at FormWork Designs
Deby at So Sew Easy
2/6 Rebecca at Ruby Blue Quilts
Jackie at Jabot Quilts
2/7 Melissa at Happy Melissa Quilting
2/8 Kari at Fresh Cut Quilts