It's my turn! I'm so happy Abi Long from The Modern Prairie Girl (and Marie Madeline Study) asked me if I'd be part of the blog hop as she introduces her new book Modern Prairie Sewing (published by those great folks at C&T Publishing). I wasn't sure what I was signing up for since I hadn't even seen the book but boy, was I thrilled when it arrived! It's loaded with great projects. Seven different bags, eight beautiful garments, and a bunch of darling housewares.
That's Abi on the far left side (I love these girls!).
It was hard to choose which project to make but I really wanted something I would use again and again and so I picked the KittyJo bag. I really loved the use of a variety of fabrics and it looked like a good sized bag. Plus the pleat in the center of the bag adds a touch of spunk. Here's the picture from the book. You can see why it caught my eye.
For my KittyJo bag I used home dec fabric because I wanted it to be sort of heavy and durable enough to hold my gym clothes, or groceries, or packages for the post office (basically to haul anything anywhere). I'm so happy with the result! Isn't this great? Look at how big it is!
I can put so much stuff in here.
I included the huge pocket in mine and stitched down the middle so I have room for my phone, reading glasses, Kindle, all sorts of stuff! I even added the extra Michele's D-Ring (but I only had an O ring so I used it). I sewed mine in the center over the pockets because it will be a great place to hang my gym membership bar code fob.
I had a lot of fun making this bag. It's a pretty quick project and not overwhelming so if you get the itch to make something this will do the trick without taking up your whole weekend. All of the projects in the book are like that and this book is perfect for beginners as well as more experienced seamsters.
That was a lot of fun and I can highly, highly recommend this book! I know I'm going to go to it every time I need an idea for a hand crafted gift or a spruce up for my own home or wardrobe.
Here is a list of the other bloggers on the hop, so you can be inspired by more fun sewing projects.
Jenny at Sew Pretty Dresses August 20th
Pam at Pam Kitty Morning August 21st
Melissa at 100 Billion Stars August 23
Caroline at Sew Caroline August 25
Melissa at Lilac Lane August 26
April at April Rhodes August 27
Abiah at Marie-Madeline Studio August 28
On August 29th be sure to hop on over to The Modern Prairie Girl blog for an chance to win a signed copy of Modern Prairie Sewing !