Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Project Bags and Labels

Guess what came in Monday's mail?!?!?!?
slim, small envelope, from France

100 labels
It took a couple days to fill the order (they did it in good time).  It took 24 hours to get from France to US, but, it took 12 days to get from NY to my home.  :(  (no speed records set for the US Post Office).

Here is some 'up close' of the labels.  Sorry for the blurry pictures.  I tried several times, but, the labesl came out blurry every time.
'Teapots2Quilting' on the front
underside of label 'by Cheryl Parker'
*OOPS!*  I forgot to include a link to the labels. Ikaprint is the company, and they are out of France.  Here are the labels that I ordered. 

I was ready for those labels to arrive!  I got started stitching the labels and binding onto all 10 Project Bags.  It is a slow process, since I'm not used to stitching BOTH sides of the binding down by machine.  All those Clover clips and fussing with everything made my arms sore.  I got 2 bags done on Monday afternoon.  The first two bags are using one of the 'Ugly' fabrics from my little quilt guild's Ugly Fabric Exchange.  The 'ugly' fabric is the wild flowers showing thru the window of the bags.  Both of these bags are the same, except that I quilted the flower fabrics differently.
First 2 Project Bags finished, with labels

up close of one of the bags with the label on the left side

On Tuesday, I stitched the rest of the labels on the bags, and started stitching the bindings on.  I got 6 more bags finished.

These two bags are different fabrics.  One used the orphan blocks from the freebie table at my large quilt guild.
one of these bags is not like the other.....

treadle fabric thru the window

using orphan blocks to make this bag
These next two bags are the same, except that the zippers are different (one pastel, one hot pink).  I got these fabrics a few years ago, when I got 3 large bags full of fabrics at the local thrift store.  I've been slowly making projects with some of these fabrics.
sewing themed Project Bags

up close of one bag
If you want to see the backings I used for these project bags, check out this post.

It is a well known fact that I collect vintage sewing machines (and sew with them, too).  When I find sewing themed fabrics, I HAVE to buy some.  Since the majority of my vintage machines are Singer's, you can guess why I had to have some of these fabrics.
Singer fabric bags

first Singer bag

second Singer bag

These last bags are made from several different sewing themed fabrics that I've collected.  They aren't the same fabric line, but, I thought they went well together.  I got up this morning, and stitched the last bit of binding down on each of these bags.
last 2 project bags

first bag

second bag
10 Project Bags FINISHED!  I got the pattern from By Annie.
I'll make these again, but, I did make some changes as I made these bags (added fusible interfacing to zipper fabrics, and used the 'main' fabric for what shows thru the window, not what is on the back (that won't get looked at).  I also decided to use a solid piece of fabric on the bottom, instead of piecing a strip of fabrics. 

Oh yes, these Project Bags were made on my 1939 Singer 221 Featherweight, Betty Sue.  I did 'cheat' and did the machine quilting for the backings on my Janome 4800QC.  I do love 'needle down' while machine quilting.
Betty Sue, stitching Project Bags together
 Hopefully I'll be off shortly, to sew with friends at a local quilt shop, Sewing Etc.  I'm waiting for the AC man to arrive, and fix our AC first. 


  1. Cheryl, I love those labels!! And they look perfect on your bags :)
    Can you share the company you ordered them from?

  2. Just wonderful! The labels are just perfect for them. And that sewing theme fabric is exactly right.

  3. Cheryl, they are just beautiful. I ordered the labels, but not sure when they are coming.

  4. Great labels. And you gave me an idea for a panel that has been sitting in my drawer forever :-)

  5. So glad the labels arrived - they look like they were worth waiting for! Love the project bags, especially the two Singer bags. ~Jeanne

  6. I really like your labels, I've thought about buying them a few times, it's weird how quick they came from France then took so long to get to you.
    The project bags look great, it's amazing how many perfect fabrics you had for them.

  7. Love all the bags, especially the one in orange,aqua,and pink with the sewing machine, so cute! Glad you are able to get the labels on and be done with all of them, a good feeling I am sure.

  8. Nice project bags!! And those labels are nifty! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I like the labels too. And you have gotten so many project bags done! Nice work!

  10. Very cool! It was fun to see all the different fabric styles, too!

  11. Using orphan blocks to make bags is a brilliant idea!! Nicely done, my friend! Love the labels. =)

  12. You and Betty Sue are amazing! Love the bags!

  13. Love the Singer bags - and Betty Sue!

    1. You are a no-reply blogger. The Singer bags are my favorites.

  14. your project bags are so cute, but I ADORE that purple Singer!!!!!

  15. Very nice project bags. So many different looks to the same pattern. I like the labels and the purple singer!

  16. Wow I somehow got lost in time. Your labels are very cool, and love all your project bags. Great job!


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