I took a little break from apparel making to work on some new bags. Yesterday, my ironing board looked like this:
Whenever I stop at JoAnn’s I always go through the remnants bin and find some awesome steals. I usually pick up the printed home décor fabric because they are 50% off, and you can usually get close to a yard. I got lucky with finding these two prints on the same day and this tote was the result!
This tote is one of my favorite bags to make. It’s super easy to sew together- but prep takes a VERY long time. It’s such a fun opportunity to mix prints and colors- with my favorite crafting accessory: buttons!
Today I’ll be working on some more etsy bags- including new clutches and coin purses.
Whew! Its been a crazy few weeks but the transition is going well. I finally got Bloglovin’ followers moved over, and all my posts are now on the new blog but I’m having issues transferring photo links to the new site. It just takes FOREVER and there are so many other things I’d rather do. I just need to suck it up and get it done… eventually.
Anyway! I wanted to re-share my etsy shop. I’ve been sewing my butt off to bring spring in! I’ve been playing around with my photography, like I shared in a previous post, and feel like I’m finally getting somewhere with my “look”.
My new favorite product is the vinyl tote. It’s a great mix of upholstery fabric and vinyl, so the tote itself is super sturdy and depending on the fabrics used, it can be all kinds of colorful! I’m working on finding a proper vinyl supplier but in the meantime I’ve just been using what’s in my stash.
I have more recycled coin purses in the shop after a delivery of kiss clasps.
There are some new wristlets as well!
If you have a sec, go follow my shop! And if you have a shop of your own, leave your shop name in the comments!
The past few days my camera has gotten a workout! I've been playing around with photography and different ways to show off my bags. I've been adding little props to my photos, like buttons and spools of thread, to add a little spark to my pictures.
I'm not doing this just because I have lots of free time, I actually have a huge announcement to make! Over the last year the name "Mini Pip" hasn't felt like me. I started my blog to go with my etsy shop but over the years, half of my posts are about etsy and half are about other creations I sew, mainly apparel. I started to feel like I had outgrown Mini Pip.
I wanted to change my name but had NO CLUE what to call myself. When I was first thinking of names years and years ago, my mom always told me to have my name in my shop name but I didn't want Trish in my title. Don't ask me why. Little life lesson: Always listen to your mother. A few weeks ago, the perfect name popped into my head and I've spent those weeks getting ready to move everything around.
I am so very happy to announce my new name: Trish Stitched.
Over the next week or so–hopefully no longer than that– I will be transferring all social media links and titles to Trish Stitched.
I'm also leaving the Typepad world for WordPress. Typepad was great at first and a site I thought I could grow into but it isn't user friendly and I'm ready for an upgrade. My new blog can be found at trishstitched.com. It isn't ready just yet but I wanted to give plenty of notice. I've been reading up on the "blog moving" process and learned that the Bloglovin reader will move everyone over after I tell them about the change of address. So if you follow on Bloglovin, I don't think you'll have to do anything! But if you do follow from another reader, you may have to follow the new blog once it is up and running.
I hope you continue to follow me even though I'm changing things up a bit. I'll have more info when I do some more work. And one last update: I did put my Mini Pip etsy shop on "vacation mode" but my new shop TrishStitched is up and ready to go!
Find it here: www.etsy.com/shop/trishstitched
Guess what the next major holiday is? VALENTINE'S DAY. Yeah, it's already almost here, so I put some Valentine's inspired bags on etsy!
Three new little coin purses:
New Gift Card Holders and Mini Bags:
And for those who aren't into all that pink frilly valentine's day-y things:
All bags here!
I'm waiting on a hardware order to make some new bags. I'm also testing out a few different vinyl fabrics for my new crossbodys. Lots of sewing coming up!
I'm super excited to show off these bags I've been working on!
I got lucky this summer when I spotted a crate full of fabric swatch books at a large rummage sale. These books were smaller than I've gotten before but had such great fabrics I couldn't pass them up- and for $1 each, I really couldn't leave any behind.
I had no idea what to do with them, so they sat in my room for months. I was constantly thinking about what bag could be made out of a swatch so small. I kept thinking to do something patchwork, but that would be too time consuming. Then the thought of a coin purse came into my mind. I could make it small enough, I would be able to work with hardware I've never used before and it seemed to be a fairly simple make.
It took a few paper patterns and multiple mock ups to finalize this bag but I am SO HAPPY with how these came together. The purse pattern is just big enough to fit on the swatch so each one takes two swatches. I've lined these with leftover fabric from another project and interfaced all pieces, making this bag able to hold its shape.
I've already made a hand full of these guys and listed them on etsy. I'll be making more in the coming weeks as well.
Back in September I put my etsy shop on vacation mode before my trip to Arizona. I kept "vacation" on because I didn't feel like etsy was going anywhere and I just didn't have the time to devote to it. A few weeks ago, I went live again! I finally had the time to make new items and re-list some old bags.
I made four new recycled clutches. These guys are made from old fabric swatches from a local store, feature an inside pocket and a turn lock closure.
I also made two of these clutches in non-recycled materials because I fell in love with the fabrics.
This awesome tote is made from recycled wool and some red pleather from mood.
If you are giving a gift card this holiday season, you should give in it something pretty 😉
These wristlets are back, with some new ones added in the mix.
There are many more bags in my shop, AND I made a new bag, which should be up next week! Here's a sneak peak…
I feel like a have a small panic attack anytime I think about etsy. I try so hard to have great pictures and descriptions but still don't seem to get very far. If you have any awesome etsy tips, I would love to hear them!
And if you have a moment, follow me on etsy! And if you have a shop, let me know! I would love to see what you make.
The last apron in my collection is the craft apron! I love this apron because it has FOUR pockets so there is a lot of room for pens, notepads, a cell phone, and anything else you may need to carry around.
My mom wears hers when she is at the farmers market to have everything on hand.
Each denim pocket : 5" wide, 7" deep.
Fabric pocket on front : 3.5" x 4.5"
Apron top to bottom: 13.5"
Bottom length: 17.25"
Straps 30.5" each
Today I'm introducing the Full Apron! One of the more practical aprons I mentioned yesterday.
I tweaked this pattern multiple times to get the top to lay just right and am really happy with the final result.
See the ruffle apron and fabric details here!
Bodice: 8.5" x 8.5"
Skirt: 16" long
Pocket : 3.5" x 4.5" ( fits an iphone)
Neck ties and back ties: 29" long
Available on etsy!
I've been working on my aprons for about a year now and they are finally ready to be released! I have three designs in my mini collection so I thought I would give them each their own post. First apron I'm sharing is the ruffle apron.
I designed this apron a few years ago for my mom. She wanted a cute apron to wear at farmers markets and needed a small pocket for her phone. This was the result! Out of the collection, this is the "fun" apron. The other two are a little more practical (still cute though) and I'll show them over the next few days.
A little note about the fabric. All the printed cotton is from Monaluna, an organic fabric company. This fabric is stunning. I had been searching for pretty, colorful and fun organic prints and didn't find what I was looking for until this collection.
Now the details:
From the top of waistband to bottom of last tier, 15.5".
Pocket 3.5 x 4.5"
Length of waistband 18.5"
Back ties, 31" long, each.
Now available on etsy!
A new tote is on my ironing board this week. I haven't had the chance to sew for Mini Pip much so I'm making some new product for the shop!