Thursday, September 1, 2011

Squint and Use Your Imagination!

A week, a month and a season all gone in the blink of an eye!
I have been busy.  Not necessarily anything to really merit blogging or photographing.  Just very busy!
I did manage to carve out some time the past two days for a little sewing.

The Mother Huddle

One day, while blog hopping, I ran across these cute fabric hanging bags at The Mother Huddle.
I originally planned on making some for my sewing room, but that never happened!

As mentioned in an earlier post, I am turning our son's bedroom into a work space.  I decided some fabric bags would not only help with organization, but also add a fun punch of color.

To my stash I scurried, and found several fabrics that worked well in the room.
A few were leftover from previous home decor projects, but many were from days when I made fabric tote bags.  I even had enough craft weight fusible interfacing on hand for all four bags!  My only expense was the cafe rod, on which to hang them.
The only thing better than getting organized, is making a very small dent in my fabric stash!

I am still waiting to have my desk, lateral file and bookcase moved from storage.
So, I am not able to hang my cute little bags.
The front stairwell served as an impromptu photography setting.  This is where you need to squint and use your imagination!  I think they will look much better once they are properly installed.

They were very fun and easy to make.
After making many bags over the years, I do have one tip.
While instructions often indicate that both outer and inner fabrics should be cut and seamed the same, I find that often does not work.
I may cut the two pieces the same size, but I usually use a slightly larger seam allowance when stitching the side seams of the lining.  It then fits more snugly inside the bag, leading to a more crisp and finished look overall.

If you wish to make hanging fabric bags of your own, complete instructions may be found at The Mother Huddle.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
There is even a chance that we finally will have a day cooler than 100 plus.
Fall really might be just around the corner!


Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

How lovely your choice of fabrics, Beautiful!
These remind me of ceramic wall pockets which I adore.

I know your new office will be decorated with your many talents.

God bless your Labor Day weekend.

Destri said...

Jan they they look fantastic! You're fabric combinations are spot on as well.
I so love that tip, do you mind if I add it to my instructions? I would love to if you don't mind.

Thanks so much for the mention, you made my day!

sewing spots said...

Very cute bags! Thanks for sharing the tip. That's something that can easily get overlooked in the hurry to finish a project!

Kellie said...

I love these... what a "beautiful" way to get organized!

Martha said...

CUTE! Love those.Makes me wonder what I have that could work.

Rebecca Nelson said...

Jan...these are totally fantastic! I love them all!
I know what you mean about being busy. I'm swamped these days from anything and everything. Steve being in school forces me to plan out everything these days!

Love to are your eyes?


Brynwood Needleworks said...

I love your bags, Jan! Thanks for sharing the link. I can't wait to see your finished space. I'm sure it's going to be wonderful.
Happy Holiday Weekend.

Jan M said...

Thank you, Destri, for the inspiration and bag tutorial! You are more than welcome to use my suggestion regarding the linings.

Nancy said...

These turned out great. Beauty with function can't be beat. I saw these too and they are on my to do list. I love your fabric choices.

Deanna said...

Thanks for the tip! I am going to check out the instructions right now. I just hope mine are as cute as yours.

krisgray said...

Cute! I made some of these bags for my son's room. They hold a lot of toys! I do the same things with my lining seams. Of course the inner layer needs to be a tad smaller than the outer. I've had too many bunchy linings, too.

Sandy Ang said...

what a lovely storage solution !

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