Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pattern Test Drive - The Gathered Sling by Jen Fox Studios

I actually made this sample a month or two ago so I thought it was high time that I blogged about it. The pattern is The Gathered Sling Bag from a new pattern designer that we are stocking called Jen Fox Studios. This bag is designed with the beginner sewist in mind so it is a fairly simple pattern without curves or zippers. The finished bag is a good size at approximately 29cm (11-1/2") wide x 23cm (9") High (excluding the strap) x 8cm (3") deep. You can fit your wallet, phone, keys and a few other items inside without it getting too full. 

The hardest part of sewing a bag is choosing the fabric but I am quite happy with the combination of the tropical flamingo fabric with the fern green contrast. You could also make the bag out of one fabric if you desired.

Don't you think the greens and pinks on the striped lining match the outer fabrics so well? I always use a lightish fabric for the lining of my bags as there is nothing worse than not being able to find your keys in a black lining. I have only sewn in one lining pocket but the pattern gives instructions for two.

Interfacing and Hardware
The pattern has minimal hardware in the form of a magnetic catch, I've used a 14mm one but I think you could use whatever size you have available without too much trouble. The strap included with the pattern is a simple shoulder strap. If you wanted you could also jazz it up with the use of o-rings, oblong rings or make it an adjustable cross-body strap with a tri-glide. 

Both the outside and lining of the bag are interfaced and I have used our Medium Weight Woven Fusible Interfacing. The combination of the interfacing and the gathers give the finished bag enough structure to stand up on its own without being too stiff.

If you would like to recreate this bag here are the materials that have been used:
♥ 30cm (1/3yd) Muslin (I just used leftovers of the lining fabric but you could use calico or any fabric as it is only used as the supporting fabric for the gathers so you won't see it.)
 Matching Thread Rasant 0247 (5526) Green

- Ky

Sunday, September 21, 2014

What's New At Voodoo Rabbit Fabric - September 21

When it rains it pours... so many new fabrics arrived this week and most of them are from Alexander Henry. We also received a new handmaids range from Janet Wecker Frisch for Quilting Treasures, new knits from Art Gallery and some new ladies dress and skirt patterns from Serendipity Studios. Phwew I've been a busy bunny getting this lot up onto the website :)

1st Row

2nd Row

3rd Row

4th Row

Left to Right

Left to Right

Top Row

Bottom Row

Till next week
- Ky

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What's New At Voodoo Rabbit Fabric - September 14

Just a couple of new fabrics added to the store last week but we are expecting two shipments of Alexander Henry fabrics, both old and new, to arrive in the next week or two. The most popular fabric to arrive this week is Zombie Movie Posters from Timeless Treasures, almost half the bolt has already sold and I only listed it up on the website on Friday!! We also have a nice little selection of bicycle fabrics from Quilting Treasures from the Life...Enjoy the Ride collection for all of the cycling enthusiasts out there.

Top Row
Middle Row
Bottom Row

Till next week.
- Ky

Sunday, September 7, 2014

What's New At Voodoo Rabbit Fabric - September 7

This week we have scored a small amount of The Ghastlies in orange, this colourway has been discontinued so this is the last of it (there is only 1.5m remaining now!). We also have the all time favourite Sebastian Ghastlie Smoke back in stock! We are planning to increase our range of trims, which so far consists of Riley Blake pom-poms. To this end we now have a selection of Riley Blake Designs Ric-Rac, if you have any requests for other trims that you would like us to stock please let us know.


Till next week.
- Ky