Keyka Lou Messenger Bag

Japanese Linen Messenger Bag

I’ve made a few Keyka Lou patterns before, they’re very well written and easy to follow with great results. This is the first time I’ve tried the Messenger Bag, I wanted a new purse to take to Germany with me, something that would fit my iPad, wallet and zippy bag. Unfortunately, this one is a little smaller than I wanted. I used an oatmeal coloured linen for the main body of the bag, I bought 5 meters last year and have used it in several different projects, it has a wonderfully subtle herringbone weave to it,it’s soft and doesn’t wrinkle as easily as some other linens. Many will recognize the other fabrics I used for this bag, Echino linen for the flap and Happy Mochi Yum Yum for the interior.

I made a few modifications to this pattern, I added an pocket to the front flap and made two large interior pockets instead of two pen size and one large. Altogether, this bag has 7 pockets in total! I love me a lot of pockets, easier to keep things organized.

Now available in my Etsy Shop.



We have a Winner!

Congratulations #5, Gill, a follower from the U.K. who wrote:

Oct 24, 2011 @ 09:18:19 [Edit]

I love your Little Apples Dumpling!
I haven’t made anything with a zip yet but I’d love to try a Dumpling!
At the moment I’m making a Keyka Lou Bucket bag
Thanks for the giveaway!

Gill has won many luscious pieces of Patricia Bravo’s fabrics:

Actual scraps for giveaway.

Loulouthi & Echino

I’ll be popping this package of goodies into the post (after I iron them!) as soon as I receive Gill’s mailing address. Thank you all for entering my giveaway, I wish I could send everyone something!

I also wish I could take a screen shot of the results but I’m on a Mac and don’t know how to take a screen shot.

Spoiler Alert!

I decided fabric scraps just weren’t enough, I’d been eyeing this cute little pin cushion tutorial on Keyka Lou’s site so I whipped one up this morning to add to the scraptacular giveaway.

I hope you like it Gill!

Sweetening the {Giveaway} Pot

Well, my giveaway doesn’t seem to be too popular so I’m going to sweeten the pot. I’m adding an 18″ x 14″ piece of Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi needleworks fabric and two 7″ x 10″ pieces of Echino, I think it’s Fall 2010. To enter, go to THIS POST. Please do not enter if you are not interested in Patricia Bravo fabrics. Giveaway now closed.

Loulouthi & Echino

My friends know that I took last Friday and today off for some R & R before I start my new job tomorrow. This weekend has been a glorious, well deserved and long overdue weekend of non stop sewing!  Today I decided to make myself a Cluck Cluck Sew Sprocket Pillow using my Patricia Bravo stash. I love the feel of this fabric, it is super soft and fine and the colours are nicely saturated. I love this pillow, I made the 14″, it’s so cute, not too small and not too big. I think I’m going to have to make another!

Patricia Bravo Sprocket Pillow

I also made a square pouch for my sister from the same Echino fabric I’m giving away.

Square Echino Zipper Pouch

Lastly, I wanted to send a shout out to Claudia of  Make do and Munich in Germany, I won her zippered pouch giveaway, which I received last week but because of tying up loose ends at work, I haven’t had time to take photos till this past weekend. Not to mention I’ve been using it ever since I received it, I am so lucky to have won this pouch, I love it!! Look at that pez fabric and the letter fabric, it’s MINE, all mine!

Claudia's Zipper Pouch