10 May, 2013

Soda Pop Sweetness

My little secret is about to be revealed, I was naughty again *sigh* On Wednesday, I succumbed and bought Soda Pop from Sara@Sewsweetness, You do remember I had an inkling I wanted to make it because I happened to purchase 8 Curtain grommets when the fabric shop was closing lol...

So after buying the pattern I went on the search for suitable fabric, #sodapop fabric help pls leaning towards @tulapink but was keeping it for #citysampler @sewsweetness red/white combo for first one maybe @imagingermonkey
Some IG help and yes, Tulapink's frogs.... WTF I could not work out how to get the pattern pieces out of the fabric, DOH !!! all the pieces were half yards not full yards. Before FQR and Flicker I always bought yards of everything but then moved to half yards, I really could've cried not having enough frogs to make the bag... (i'll be ordering some very soon if I can get another half yard)

So then decided on the yellow with silver, the aqua pattern for inside and I wanted the birds on the chairs, hmmm note to self, if you can make something difficult you will.

Thursday afternoon I started cutting out the pieces, fusing them (note to self, make sure you pay attention with cutting on fold, I cut my lining the wrong way and had to seam it together carefully)
this time I used heavy fusible interfacing for the lining and bases and just batting for the exterior bits. I used the really thick felt for a base that I popped in once I'd turned it out

#sodapop in progress,time to stop kids want some mummy time grrrr

Great pattern as usual, easy to follow, such simple instructions even for me :) and I managed to change bits and go with the flow more.
By the evening I had a complete lining with only one pocket not 2, which I'd customised to fit my phone, a pen pocket and I remembered to sew in my O ring for my keys.

#sodapop lining done,time for bed
Do you know how frustrating it is when you want to get on but the kids want to snuggle with mummy and watch a film before bed GRRRRR

This morning, I got up early and carried on, I only wanted grommets one side so just made 4 holes, then I didn't want to use a whole piece of birds fabric for the grommets so I cut some cheap solid to the shape and fixed the birds/chairs with fusible webbing to the plain, using only like 4 inches each grommet. They were a b****r to make sure I had enough of the chair or bird in each one, would've been so much easier without fussy cutting but I think it looks fab so worth the effort.
So wishing I wasn't going out #sodapop bag will have to wait for its straps :(

By 9am I had the 4 grommets and was ready to start the handles, had to go out shopping and restarted at about 5.30 this evening.

Handles, again adapted the pattern, I like solid handles so I shoved some webbing inside and covered them, luckily the webbing was the right size.
I had a big grin on my face as I was topstitching the handles. Suddenly a wave of pride hit me, I made my first bag back in January last year and it was more of a basket than a proper bag. I really feel that since Fat Quarterly Retreat, meeting more people, getting encouragement on twitter, Instagram and via the blog has helped me be more adventurous and tackle things I wouldn't ever have dreamt of. So thank you all for following me, encouraging me and challenging me.

Anyway, back to the bag, Changed machines to topstitch with the walking foot and 10 minutes later TADAHHH the finished bag
#sodapop bag done...@sewsweetness I love it,fab tutorial and so proud of how far my sewing/quilting has come on in last 12 months,thanks to twitter + @fat quarterly retreat & peeps x
The outside,

The inside (i'm not sewing the lining up yet as I'm going to put bag feet on the bottom once they arrive)
and a close up of the fussy cut grommets

If you want to make your own Soda pop or perhaps the aeroplane bag Sara has a special coupon code on her site at the moment, just use happyspring for 20% off your entire order. The coupon code is good through Saturday, May 11th at 11pm CT. So go check out Sew Sweetness Pattern shop

And I'm going to link up to TGIFF as yup it got finished today and it's Friday, can't wait to take it out and try it tomorrow.
Have a fab weekend.

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  1. It looks wonderful and I love the fussy cut birds/chairs!

  2. Great job, Pippa! Love the fabric choices, especially the fabric popping through the grommets. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

  3. This is fantastic - love those fussy cut grommets! Beautiful work x

  4. a great bag I am sure it will attract a lot of attention when you are out and about with it

  5. well done ... despite the interuptions xx

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