Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Disney Inspired Hipster Bag

Since we're going to Disney in November this year, I've obviously been doing A LOT of Disney Inspired things.

I came across this awesome facebook page that had amazing Disney inspired handmade bags. (Serendipi D~) She has a year waiting list and each one is very expensive, though absolutely worth it. So I figured, hey…. I can probably make one myself. I mean, I jumped head first into quilting last year, why can’t I do this too.

So I started researching how she did it. I do NOT own an embroidery machine and although Mom does, I knew that the characters on the bags were much bigger than the largest hoop her machine allowed. Then I came across Youtube videos for “fusible web applique” and there was my answer. You do not NEED an embroidery machine. A simple home sewing machine with zigzag stitch was all you need. OK, I tested my settings out and found one that worked almost as nice and smooth as a real embroidery machines “satin stitch”. I CAN DO THIS!!!!!

First steps were finding a pattern for the bag itself. I eventually found & purchased both of Erin Ericksons’ Two Zip Hipster” and “Essential Wristlet” patterns. PERFECT!!!!!

Essential Wristlet

Two Zip Hipster

Her instructions are crystal clear and super simple to follow. The printable pattern pieces are AWESOME!!!!

Off to Joanns I went. I knew the exact design, well TWO designs, I wanted to make. I purchased the absolutely CHEAPEST/onsale mostly solid color fabric I could as I didn’t want to “waste” money if I totally screwed it all up. It was still good quality fabric, just not the designer brand name prints. Though I wanted several prints, I used willpower and told myself, if it works and I do a decent job, I can always create MORE bags with the prettier fabric.

I already had the brown, dark marbled blue, and yellow in my stash.....
Next up was choosing my image by searching for coloring pages. Since again, this was my first attempt and also since this would be a gift my Mom would be the proud recipient of, I chose the same image used by the lady mentioned above. I figured I could study and follow her sewing lines to learn. I just flipped my image opposite of hers. (I didn’t want an exact copy of course)

Here is the image I used. I had to do a little photoshop editing and playing around with printing settings (enlarging) to get the right size.


I printed several and cut apart each piece based on the color fabric for each part. Next step was printing out the pattern pieces, taping them together, then cutting out all the parts of the bag. I needed to cut out the front of the bag to use as my base for Mickey appliqué. (Next time I think I’ll just cut a larger piece than needed, do the appliqué, then cut out the exact piece I need…. After appliquéing, my front piece ended up being slighty smaller so I had to adjust some things later on when putting the bag together ~~ LESSON LEARNED)

What my desks look like when I'm working:

I fused Steam A Seam to the back of the fabrics I would use for Mickeys parts. **Being very careful to do it on the correct side since I was flipping the image, this was tricky**. Then, I cut out all the pieces. Laying them out to make sure they fit together nicely and were the right size I was looking for before permanently fusing them. (I later realized I needed to leave a lot more room along the bottom as part of Mickeys belly is now on the BOTTOM of the bag. ~~ LESSON #2 LEARNED)

After fusing, I started the long task of “satin stitching” around the edges of each part. I practiced several times on scrap fabric for curves, points, corners, etc! The settings I used on my machine were: .1 length and between 2.5-3.0 width. This gave me a decent stitch. While there are a bunch of mistakes (missing the edge of fabric, wonky curved lines, etc...), I am pretty happy with the end result. It finished out a lot better than I honestly expected. At this time, I also created a Tinkerbell panel as I’ll be making myself a bag too!!!!

Have to say this again.... Sewing the actual bag together was a synch. Erin does an AMAZING job on all her tuts (I purchased 4 total). It went together a lot faster than I expected. It took longer just cutting Mickey out than it did cutting the bag pieces and stitching together.

Though, you do need a VERY SHARP/NEW needle to go through more than 5 layers of fabric at times. My machine got stuck several times and skipped stitches so I had to take them out and redo manually using the hand wheel. I added the ruffle above the zipper on the front myself… it was NOT in the pattern… this added 2 layers of already 3-4 layers of fabric/interfacing.

I also made a matching small wristlet as well. I didn’t take photos, but you can see the finished wristlet.


The whole process from start to finish took about 3 weeks. I started well before Mothers Day. I knew I wouldn't get it finished before then, but planned to give it to Mom before our Disney trip in November. BUT because I got way too over excited to share the finished bag with SOMEONE other than my husband, I posted it to a Homemade Disney group on Facebook. I didn't realize it was an open group (but made sure Mom was NOT a member first....) and somehow the photo ended up on my newsfeed.... thus showing Mom my "surprise".... HEE HEE!!!!! So she's getting it a lot earlier than planned..... BUT SHE LOVES IT from the photos she's seen.... However, photos do it NO JUSTICE whatsoever.... Can't wait for her to see it in person soon....

I have also finished my bag: Tinkerbell!!!!!

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Handstamped Pendants ~ Disney Inspired Line

One of the new things I've wanted to try for awhile is jewelry. I wanted something totally fresh that I haven't seen at our past craft shows. Pinterest has provided a wealth of inspiration and I found these hand stamped necklaces from mothers and bridal gifts. I thought they were really nice.


I created a whole line of Disney Inspired Handstamped Pendants, mostly princesses, but will slowly be adding to the collection as ideas come to mind/requests from clients come in. (Currently, Lilo/Stitch & Minnie Mouse will soon be available)

Tinkerbell, Nemo, Rapunzel, and Lion King

Disney Cruise Line, Snow White, Belle, and Jasmine

Cinderella, Ariel, Aurora, and Mickey Mouse

Here is the link to purchase from our store: Diz Inspired Handstamped Pendants

Special thanks to DENISE from Facebook. It was *HER* idea for the Disney Cruise Line pendant. This has been my most popular one thus far.

**I am completely open to any requests so if you don't see something, please don't hestitate to ask. If there is a matching charm available, I will create it for you.**
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Saturday, May 4, 2013

New store, new products coming....

First, we wanted to apologize for being very quiet on our blog the past couple months. We have been busy coming up with new ideas & products to offer. While our first year sales of paper crafting items basically flew off our tables, the next year or so, we didn’t do well at all. We then realized that peoples taste change a lot more than we anticipated. At our last show in December 2012, I paid close attention to other vendor tables and how busy certain ones were and how others were very quiet, like ours. Again, noticing how what was once popular the year before seemed almost abandoned the very next year.

So during the later winter months, we thought we’d offer brand new things, such as jewelry, plastic canvas items, and possibly embroidered items. We only have our 2 regular craft shows at the end of the year scheduled so we will see how things go.

We have also opened an online store via Storenvy.com. It is an e-commerce setup closely resembling Etsy, but it is 100% free of any listing or final sales fees. While Etsy may be the hot place at the moment, unless you are doing heavy volume in sales or have high priced items, the fee associated with selling there were too high for us right now. Storenvy only accepts Paypal as payments and is totally secure. So far, we’ve been happy with the setup.

Our store link is:
C & S Designs Store

We also wanted to take a minute to thank all of those that follow our blog or like us on Facebook. Please stay tuned as we’ll be posting more about our new things coming soon.
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