I Made Travel Themed Luggage Tags!

Look at me go! Almost a month in and I am absolutely loving my Designer Ruby Royale Sewing/Embroidery machine. It was made with the sewist at heart and it showed on my latest project! Be on the lookout for a comprehensive video and blog review of the machine soon.

Anyways, my machine is awesome and I’ve been feeling inspired to try new things! I’ve always wanted to do an in hoop design, all or most of what you are making is created in the hoop, I just never got around to it. It just still seemed too complicated. Boy was I wrong. In the hoop embroidery is the stuff!

I decided to make travel themed luggage tags, because they’re the perfect gift for my friend who’s retiring and vacationing in Paris. Not to mention they go hand and hand with the big launch I have been working towards for my Etsy shop.

I downloaded the designs from Embroidery Library’s website. You can download the luggage tags here. They can be purchased separately or in a design pack.

They fit in a 4 by 4 hoop if you leave the design as is. I decided to make mine a little bigger, so a business card would fit. However, don’t fret if you decide to keep them as is; there’s a link they give you to contact card printouts that we’re made for the tags.

I used my Brother Scan and Cut to cut the fabric for the project. Highly recommend! This made the already simple in the hoop project ten times easier. Then I just followed along with the detailed instructions and watched the magic happen. It’s like appliqué on steroids!

For extra depth be sure to go over the final design elements more than once. If you want the appearance of even more depth pick a slightly lighter shade the second run over the design. It really makes the design pop!

The whole design only took about 15-20 minutes to complete when I had all the materials prepped and ready to go. My machine even allowed me to add an eyelet hole right on screen on the design, so I didn’t even have to use any metal hardware. How cool is that?!?

Pictures are below. Let me know what you think. I’m pretty sure once you take a look you’ll have the travel bug. Do not fear! My tags will be here in my Etsy shop. Stay tuned and remember… Not all who wander are lost.

Sweet Things Coming Soon

You guys, I’m sew excited! Maybe it was crazy. Maybe it was wild. Maybe it was a bit of an impulse buy (though I’ve been considering it for years)… Whatever it was, I am the new owner of a Husqvarna Ruby Royale Sewing/Embroidery Machine. And oh my, it’s a beauty. I cannot wait to share with you as I begin to learn the machine and create. Stay tuned for biweekly posts! Check out a little sneak peak below (I promise future video quality will be better)

The Evolution of My Sweet Weekend

It all started with a Weekender Bag pattern I found on Pinterest.  Since then I’ve made four Weekender bags.  Three of them I will highlight in this post.

The thing I love most about sewing, is that when I take a pattern or create my own, I can honestly say that with each one I make I get better at making that item.  The Weekender Bag is no exception.  It might even be the rule!  I’ve decided to call my interpretation of the bag Sweet Weekend.  Too punny?  Get used to it.  When you name a site like I named mine, there’s only more of the same.

Enough talk.  Time for you to see the bags…

Weekend in Grand Rapids (Sweet Weekend #1):

I found this fabric on one of those giant upholstery bolts and just had to purchase yards and yards of it.  Like most fabric purchases, I had no idea what project I would actually use it on.  Luckily inspiration hit and it did not disappoint.  I wish I had more pictures than the two below to show, but for as detailed as this bag looks, it is pretty basic.  There’s not even a lining inside!  The horror!

Imagine yourself on trip somewhere nearby home, but much more exciting than the nearby town that has the better mall… *Cough cough*  Not Portage.  Think bigger.  This bag is simple, but flashy.

Weekend in Chicago (Sweet Weekend #2):

I made this black and cream number for my Aunt (cousin actually, but you know how families be).  She commented on the first bag I made after I posted some pictures on Facebook and asked when I was taking orders.  You got to treat family right, so I felt compelled to share the love.

I love how this bag turned out.  I decided to use more of the faux leather trim that barely showed on the first bag.  To really add something extra I used embroidered faux leather.  Imagine yourself taking the train or driving into Chicago for a fun weekend with old friends. #BagEnvy

Weekend in Belize (Sweet Weekend #3):

I could not Belize how well this bag turned out…  Okay, I’ll stop (I won’t).  One of my closest friends asked me to make a bag for her.  I figured it would be good practice, so I agreed.  Little did she know just how bad my procrastination would become on this project.  I think it took me about 4 months longer than it should have (keep in mind this bag only takes about a weekend to make).

It definitely turned out to be my best Sweet Weekend to date!  I went all out for this one.  Tons of pockets.  Reinforced straps after a faux leather strap accident (don’t ask).  Lots of pockets inside.  I even added a big mesh pocket inside using a coordinating lace fabric! Definitely not what I would call a “perfect” bag, the detachable pocket inside could use some rework, but it’s gorgeous on the outside (just don’t look too closely).  Isn’t that all that really matters? 😉

Drop a comment here or on my site and let me know what you think!