Lina and Vi: January 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014


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Wine Bottle Bags

Happy Monday!

Today I wanted to share a new project that I've been sewing recently! I've created a burlap wine bottle bag with a handle. It's fully lined in cotton printed fabric. It fits a regularly sized bottle of vino, so it's perfect for anyone who loves to relax at the end of the day with a glass of wine (like me ;-D) or anyone who enjoys giving wine as a gift. I suppose it could also hold a narrow bottle of spirits as well, so your choice!

Here's a photo of the recent bag I made. This is the second bag I've sewn, and I've learned a lot just in a matter of recreating it again.

Sewing a long tubular shape can be pretty difficult. Sometimes, if the fabric is too narrow and there's lining, such as in this case, or heavy fabric, it can be hard to turn it right side out. It takes a lot of patience in some cases. Additionally, with a bag that is lined like this, the lining fabric is attached to the burlap via a seam at the top of the bag opening, so trying to sew a small circle with a standard machine like I have can be tedious. I have to be careful not to grab the other side of the opening and inadvertently sew the opening shut.

As with the other items, no manufactured pattern used to create this bottle bag. It can take some patience to deal with the narrow fabric, so something with a little stretch might be easier to work with but you may want to consider fabric strength because wine bottles can be heavy. Attaching the handle takes some finesse, but it's a great little project that can be done in an hour or so.

A fun little touch to give a gift or carry a bottle as you travel.

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Baby Zipper Pouches

Hey all!

Hope you're having a good week! I wanted to share a photo of the zippered pouches that I've been working on. Each zipper pouch is unique, as are all of our bags, and within each pouch is a colorful lining material to give each some pop of color.

I love these little coin purses for putting small items together in my purse or work bag. I use these for everything - from collecting small medical items for a little emergency kit on the go to carrying lip balm and powder together in a mini makeup kit for after a yoga session on my lunch break.

Sewing with burlap has it's challenges. It can be temperamental at times by being stiff, shedding, or unraveling. When sewing small items such as these pouches, it can be difficult to get all of the seams straight and all of the corners sharp as the fabric is always moving since it has a loose weave. I still love the look and the strength that the fabric gives to each piece, just as much as I love knowing this fabric has traveled around the world carrying pounds of coffee beans only to end up in Plymouth. 


Monday, January 20, 2014

Costa Rica Beach Bag

I'm happy to announce that the Costa Rica beach bag that has been in the works for the past couple of week is now finished and ready to be unveiled! I mentioned on my last post how I was having difficulty finding the correct cording for the straps, and after much deliberation, I ended up using a different technique but one that I now love. I think the leather binding on each strap sticks with the natural, organic feel while adding a design touch. It's a perfect carry-all for a day at the beach or pool, and it has one interior pocket designed in burlap to carry small items to make them easier to find.  It's perfect for any Winter break vacation trips or an early purchase to ramp up for the summer season.

I'm really proud of this bag, and I hope that you enjoy looking through some of the detail photos included below. It will soon be posted in the Collections page as part of the gallery of items that are have available for sale.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Updates on New Bags

Hi all,

I've been meaning to post pictures of the latest beach bag that's been made, but I'm struggling to find rope for the second handle. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to create both straps with the rope that I had available from another bag, so I'm now stuck and can't find the same rope I need to finish it up. I think I will need to change it up and maybe use leather for straps, so it might lead me to redesign it a bit to finish it up.

I have a side of a burlap coffee bag that I've been saving for a new project, and I've been brainstorming what to do with it. I love it because it's very industrial looking - no colors, just black text on the burlap. I'm hoping to create a smaller bag with this piece since I've made a few larger ones lately and want to change it up.

One thing I've been thinking about venturing into lately is leather. I mentioned that I might use leather to replace the strap on the last bag I've made. I'm really interested in learning more about how to sew with leather, the type of needles needed, and any other supplies that are necessary. I love the look the brown leather bags; I think they look awesome with any outfit and still give it a soft, natural touch.

I hope you are having a good weekend. I plan to pick up the posts on this blog in the next week and share more photos of what I have been working on in the sewing room.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a good start!

After a long break, it's back to work over here. I wanted to share that we will soon have a new bag available for the Grounds collection! This one is an exciting one as it's the first of its size and style that we have made. This bag is made from a lighter-colored burlap fabric (think yellowish beige), and the coffee bag hails from Costa Rica. Seeing that it is its origins, we thought it would be perfect to re-purpose it as a beach bag. It's a comfortable size, large enough to hold magazines, a small towel, sunglasses, sunscreen, and anything else needed for a day at a beach or a lake. It has white rope handles, a graphic print on one outer side, and an inner pocket for small essentials. The exact dimensions and a photo will be posted soon! Have any ideas for a name for this beauty? Let me know! I'm working on what the new name is going to be.

Have a great night everyone!