The Penny Inn

I did not exactly cover myself with glory concerning the Bag of the Month Club – I am far behind my own expectations speaking of how much pattern I sewed down. In only two months the early bird subscription for 2016 starts. And finally – finally! – I managed to sew the Penny Inn wallet! Chris W. started a sew-along in her facebook group and I jumped at the chance.

It’s a wallet design by Chris W. that I adored since it was revealed, I but also had a lot of respect. The pattern requires accuracy and patience. I promise you will be rewarded!

I added some piping at the front – and accidently in the inside also, as I added it on the wrong pattern piece first and did not want to unstitch. It turned out a bit uneven but I really like the effect!

Yep, as I said – pay attention to accurate stitching!

At the back I added my label. Here the group really was helpful as I couldn’t work out at what pattern piece I had to add it. With the help of the group it went exactly where I wanted. Thanks for that!

When you open the wallet, the front is secured with a snap.

The accidentally inserted piping looks quite good!

It is roomy, not to say, gigantic – it holds 21 cards, has 3 zipper pockets and one or two slip pockets. I can’t even decide yet where to put my stuff as I have so much options.

Hard work done, it was really challenging, but I like the pattern. I would suggest not to use too heavy weighted fabric as it gets quite bulky at some parts. My tip for a successful Penny Inn adventure is: press, press, press! And read the instructions. I know, everyone says that. They do with a reason, believe me.

Fabric used:
Camelot Fabrics – Mint Condition
No-name grey solid from the local fabric store

Linking up with TT – Taschen und Täschchen and creadienstag


Bag of the Month Club 2015 – It’s done

This year I participated in a thing that is called Bag of the Month Club. You sign up to get a surprise bag pattern each month from January to June. Then you’ll sew as much bags as you want and upload them to the flickr group. You can participate on the Facebook page discussions, help each other, stare at the great bags of the others. You can get more info here.

I loved to see all the bags in their different versions. Interesting how different they seem depending on the fabric choice! Also the Facebook group was very encouraging and helpful.

Unfortunately I only managed to sew down two of the bags. I would have liked to sew five of them (I was not too much fan of the February bag) but there were two much different projects that went in between, so I just did not manage to.

I have sewn January, the Companion Carpet Bag by Sewing Patterns with Mrs. H:

It is a framed bag, as Mary Poppins had one. I changed the closure a bit, as the one I ordered has not been delivered. I also made corresponding handles myself (my first try!) and I left out the magnetic snap in the front slip pocket. I am so happy I found the mint coloured zippers in my local sewing store! It matches perfectly the mint of the Mint Condition collection by Camelot Fabrics. Unfortunately the handles are a bit too short for my taste – I really don’t like carrying bags only in the crook of my arm, so I gave it to my mother for the price of the material. She is very happy with it, so I am happy that this bag is used!

And April, the Manhattan Mamma by Emmaline Bags:

The original bag has an additional case for sunglasses in the flap, attached with velcro. But I only have one pair and I carry an hard case for them anyhow, so I did not add it to my version of the bag. The other things I left as in the pattern and did not modify anymore. I am very happy how it turned out and I love the denim like solid fabric paired with the big dots! I will definitely use this.

I loved this club! Although I did not manage to sew as much as I planned, it was a great pleasure and I hope I will sew the some of the others in the second half of the year. I am sure I will sign up next year again!