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Humbug Bags and More

I learned something new last week. Zippers! I actually think I did a zipper once back when I was a kid in 4-H, but that’s been…longer ago than I want to admit. We’ll just say it’s been awhile. So, I needed a refresher.

I really wanted to make something fun and useable for our nephew G and my best friend’s daughter V for Easter baskets. After some discussion with my mom and our friend/owner at Sew Crazy, I decided to try making Humbug Bags.

This first one was made for our nephew.

This next one is for little miss V.

So much fun to make! I stuffed both bags with fun little things as Easter gifts.

But, as you may know from reading my blog, I love doing “crazy squares”. I decided I needed to make a humbug for myself with the outside being a crazy square.

And, again if you’re a frequent reader, you know my plan and my result are not always on the same path. I had every intention of this being a humbug bag. All the way up to the point of just needing to sew the last seam and it would be done. But as it was sitting there on the table my brain said, “hey, if we sew the seam this way instead of that way and square up the bottom corners, and put the strap here, you’ll have a different style bag!”

So… that’s what I did!

I think I’ll make another one like this, but a little bit deeper. It might make a nice little purse.

And I may be addicted to zippers now.

How about you: have you started making something, been almost done, and then made a little change that gave you a completely different result?

Challenge Accepted

The other night my mom and I were talking crazy squares. She wanted to try making some, so I was giving her some tips.

We were discussing how most of my crazy squares end up between 3″ and 6″ in size, no larger. Some even as small as 1.5″.

So that started me wondering, how big could I make one? Why didn’t I make larger squares?

Out came the fabrics. I decided to use an old jelly roll that had been sitting on the shelf for a few years now.

I managed a 14″ block before I was annoyed with it and then added the polkadot border to bring it to 18″ square.

Challenge accepted, completed, and I don’t like it. I don’t know why. I just don’t.

So, I did what any other crazy person would do. I took the rotary cutter to it.

Now I like it! It’s weird and unusual.

Some batting and backing, some decorative stitching, and I determined it done.

Or was it? Time to add beads! I love the shimmer and shine that beads add.

What have you challenged yourself with lately?