Feelin’ Groovy

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It’s finished!  Thanks for your encouragement, crafty friends!  For the record, I had been sewing with Tim sewn to the fabric and cut 5/8 of an inch smaller all around.  I wrestled and wrestled with Tim, trying to beat him into submission, but in the end, Tim proved to be stronger than I and an important lesson was learned:  If possible, put Tim in at the very end of a project, because that’s what he really wants anyway, and trying to wrestle with him is a losing battle.

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So I got my curved bottom, side panel that’s shorter than the exterior, spiral sewing on the side panel and handles that attach to the outside.  What it really needs is a zipper closure at the top, but that is something for another day, or it may be one of those things that I never get back to.  It felt good to try something new, to struggle with the process, and share the frustrations and success with you!

Fabric is Michael Miller Feeling Groovy and Garden Pindot.

49 thoughts on “Feelin’ Groovy

  1. Soooo groovy! I love it! The fabrics are great and you persevered. (BTW, when do you do your sewing? I have a hard time finding the time to do it, myself. Either I have to bribe DJ with a computer game while AJ is napping, or I have to wait till the weekend when hubby can take over for an hour or so.)

  2. Oh it is beautiful. I don’t have the tenacity to keep on with those kind of projects. Well done in figuring it out. I have no idea what Tim is.
    Susan

  3. I love your bag! I just think you are so talented to be able to do this stuff. Your sewing is an inspiration to me; keep it up.

  4. Very nice Linda, good for you for sticking with it. I love purple and green. I am not sure I agree with you on the zipper closure for the top. The curved shaped pulls the sides together enough that a zipper might not be needed. I like the idea of being able to feel around in the curved bottom freely. Would a magnetic snap at the center do it?

  5. What a difference! I really liked the bag you showed yesterday, but this one looks even better! I’m glad you stuck with your vision because it’s a great purse!

  6. It’s a very cute bag… but I’m not so sure about Tim. He seems like a difficult and testy kinda craftsman. I hope working with Tim gets easier over time.

  7. Wow, it turned out great! I really appreciate you showing all the trouble it took to get the bag the way you wanted it. It makes me feel better about the things I do that turn out nothing like I envisioned. It is easy to look at talented people (like you!) and think everything they touch is golden and easy and turns out the first time.

  8. Finished product — perfect!!

    I love the fabrics and your use of them. The circular quilting on the side panels really gives it a “completed and together” look.

    Congratulations on winning the battle. Don’t you love it when you achieve success – especially after a long, hard battle.

  9. The rounded bottom is awesome. It really makes the already great bag even better. Kudos for your determination to get it just right! The zipper would be terrific. You’re creations are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Hello, my first visit here..via Karyn at Trail Mix. You have a great blog! And being a handbag lover as well as a handbag maker, I just LOVE your Groovy bag! It is fun, great shape and super fabrics! Well done! :o)

  11. Great bag. I think that your sewing is wonderful. I’m planning on making my first bag attempt soon – even found the material – but I’m busy procrastinating. I haven’t been having much joy finding the handles and fasteners that I have been imagining, either. I get the feeling that I’m setting myself up for inevitable disappointment by having such specific ideas for my first try…

  12. I have a bag that I love (that I paid waaaayyyy too much for) that is similar to your latest “groovy” creation. You did a fabulous job! Is there a pattern in the future???

  13. Great job, I looove it. I love using Tim, he is such an unruly child but the halo comes out at the end, so worth it!
    Now I am off to finish my apron ( I mean your pattern) for my little friends birhtday, her first sewing apron! Just got the updated patterns so gotta get it finished. Keep up the good work, it is paying off.

  14. The swirly quilting on the side panels really sets the whole thing off – well done! And it’s nice to meet Tim. I might see if I can get some Tim action of my own 🙂

  15. OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!! I hadn’t checked your blog in ages! You have been a busy girl! I haven’t even made it past your last post yet either! The books look FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOO neat! I love them!

  16. Oops, i think I made my post above in the wrong spot! LOL! I came here to comment on the new bag and oops, there is my comment for the baby photo book! Anyway……this new groovy bag looks soooooo complicated to someone like me who does not sew! I can only imagine how difficult it was! You just amaze me!

  17. Wow! What a truly great looking bags. I’ve made a couple of bags and they are a lot of work! I’ve been thinking I need a new bag, but I guess I don’t have the patience to make one right now. Can you send me yours? LOL!
    Nancy

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