100 Days- Goes Fast!

I started my #the100dayproject on January 21st.  The last day for me was May 1st.  100 days went by very, very fast.  I am really surprised by the speed of this particular project.   My previous 100 day project from last year seemed to drag on for me.  Maybe it was because I didn’t know what to expect, maybe it was because part was done in California and the other part took place in Massachusetts (Cape Cod).  I don’t know…..What I do know is that the subject matter I chose was a hell of a lot of fun!

There are many subjects I am interested in.  There are few that I visit each day.  One that I very much enjoy visiting each day is real estate, Old real estate in particular.  I enjoy the hunt, history and design and if that old home happens to have an old ghost as a resident than all the better!  I DO love a good ghost story.  (My Aunt Candy always told the best Ghost Stories to my sister and I when we would visit her in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  This was over 40 years ago.)

So I found that combining my love of old real estate and drawing would be the perfect package for me.  I decided I wanted to render older homes (100+years old) and  I found that visiting Circa Old Houses and Realtor dot Com daily, was a great way to find my subject matter, but sometimes a friend or a relative would bring a particular property to my attention.

This home below was found on Realtor.com.  It is/was for sale in Milton, Massachusetts.

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Now for my rendition of this lovely home below.

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How would I describe my artwork?…. I am not sure.  I do use my “creative license” to interpret the house how I see it and how I can illustrate it the best.  It isn’t perfect, and it isn’t meant to be.  If you compare the photo to my drawing you can see that there may not be exact window placement or size…. as well as other differences.  For me though, it is/was a success, AND as I said before… A Hell of A lot of FUN!

Below a photo of Beaumont Tower from Michigan State University.

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AND my Original artwork of Beaumont Tower.

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Next a lovely old home for sale in Norwalk, Connecticut and below this photo you will see my original artwork of this home.

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This was one of my favorite homes I rendered.

I was very surprised when I was contacted to do commissions by folks that were following my 100 day project on instagram.  I did quite of few commissions and I will welcome more.  What a kick.  Maybe I should set up that Etsy shop?

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This beautiful brick home is in Columbus, Ohio.

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Thanks for reading! See you next time!

Baby Quilt for a Dapper Chap!

SO! This is a terribly overdue post.  Casey is older now and doing much more than crawling… Read on and you will see

I do love a quilt made of triangles. My love for The Triangle started when Jennifer Mathis from Ellison Lane and Sew South shared her gorgeous “kitchen sink” quilt at a  Sew South retreat. All colors from the rainbow were included and every single kind of design of fabric married together to create a beautiful harmony of textures and hues. In a word …

AHHHHHH-MAZING!

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So above is Jennifer with her lovely quilt. This is 1 of 2.  She made another one later.  Isn’t she cute and so is her quilt! Seriously though…. Jennifer is one of the most beautiful persons I know, both inside and out.  She is so positive, giving, inspirational, creative, supportive -oh gee, I could go on and on…..if you ever get the chance to meet her you will truly be blessed.  Go to Sew South if you are able, and you will know exactly what I mean.

Originally I set out to create a knitted blanket for Meghan and Shawn, our friends (that are in our opinion, family) from the Boston Area.  I chose colors I thought would work with either a baby girl or a baby boy.  Gray, yellow and white.  I knitted along with Maggie Pace in a creativebug course called: How to knit a baby blanket.  I was determined to knit this blanket for Meghan and Shawn and I wasn’t going to give up.

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Have I ever told all of you out there that I have a “gift”?  I think many of us have this gift, we just aren’t aware of it or we ignore it.  Let’s just call it “women’s intuition”.  We will just call it that for now.

ANYWAY… the colors I chose here, were actually the colors that M and S chose for their baby’s room.  Wow, right?  I think so too.  I also correctly predicted the sex of the baby.  YES…..A BOY!  I had a 50/50 chance.  See I wasn’t kidding about these gifts that I have….

Back to the blanket.  I took this little scrap of yarn everywhere I went.  On a plane, on a train, in the car- while eating lard….no, no, no- I didn’t eat lard, but I had to go there because it rhymed.  You get the idea though, no?IMG_0569

I must have ripped it out and stitched it back together again 20 times (maybe more, cuz I lost count, because all the swearing associated with the counting).  I wanted each stitch to be perfect… I finally finished.  Sadly I do not have a finished photo. I was SO over it by the time I finished it. When this project was finally completed it was almost in the shape of a my beloved triangle! In all reality though it resembled a trapezoid.  Given my very green knitting  skills, my stitches started out super tight and then loosened to a more reasonable confident size, thus creating a trapezoid.

During the knitting and unknitting of the gray, yellow and white blanket fiasco I started to work on a baby quilt for them.  I knew that making a quilt wasn’t going to be an experiment (like I knitting was for me).  I knew exactly how to tackle this.

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You can’t go wrong with a triangle.  They are cute, compact and pointy.  I have a TON of gray, yellow and white scraps, so I dug through my boxes to find some awesome prints.

 By this time Casey Patrick (see above) was born and we found out he was a boy, I knew to go a little more masculine and rough and tumble on the prints. This quilt would feature some dog and bike prints. I purchased a special fabric that had a french bulldog on it, because of their little family member, Barlow.  The french bulldog.

Isn’t he cute?  The dog folks, the dog.  I’m a married lady!

Below the backside of Casey’s quilt

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So the above photo is of the finished quilt. AND…..

Photos of Casey using his quilt.  It warms my  heart to see this cute little guy using this quilt.   How cute is he?  I think he is going to be a ginger, like his dad!

ADORABLE! Meghan and Shawn do some great work.  They make beautiful things too!

And there you have it.  Another quilt that went to a great home!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tracey Wirth Designs on MassDrop

I am super elated to announce today that my fabric collection Floral Flurries in both colorways is now for sale on MassDrop!  It will be available from today, September 29th through October 7th in a Fat Quarter Bundle.

In this industry I am always searching for a hero.  Someone who is going to give me a chance,  let me get my foot in the door, so to speak- and Sandy from MassDrop is one of those people. She was approached initially by my husband Jim (my always hero) who has a contact at MassDrop.  Sandy was open to viewing and hearing all about my design work. We worked together to bring this to fruition and I just couldn’t be more stoked.

The quality and hand of this fabric is exceptional.  It was printed in South Korea and is also the same exact place that not only Cloud 9 has their fabric printed, but Art Gallery as well! Super exciting.  It really is a joy to work with.

Selling this product through MassDrop is a great opportunity for me to show and share some of my work with a greater audience. I really hope it is received well.

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In celebration of this momentous occasion I  am also releasing a pattern that I designed for The Peekaboo Zippy Pouch.   

IT’S A FREE DOWNLOAD AND PATTERN…

I have personally tested it, and written it, so please, let me know if you see any errors… I am sure I missed something given the late nights I’ve had writing it.  I am probably also way to wordy with my directions, I find it hard to know how much to simplify it, since there is no way of me knowing what level each and everyone is at.

Just e-mail me (Traceywirth@comcast.net) with any questions or any errors you see, okay?  Thanks!

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This pouch pattern is perfect for me, and hopefully others out there.  I use it to carry my soft covered moleskine 10″ x 7.5″ sketchbook and pencils, pens, eraser and a very small moleskine (that keeps track of ideas and appointments and such).  It’s been really great for travel, because my I-phone, earbuds and wallet also get stashed in it.  It’s all in one place and easy to get to! Yay!!!

If you have a chance and you are loving the fabric I made my pouch out of- hop on over to MassDrop and Treat Yo-Self!

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The Floral Flurries Collection by Tracey Wirth Designs Offered By MassDrop in a Fat Quarter Bundle

Happy Friday everyone! Have a crafty weekend!!

 

Just Because

When Jim and I were first married he would surprise me with a “just because” gift.  Usually it would be jewelry, which I completely loved receiving.  He does pick out the best kind! Well, I am a gem (yeah, right) and he picked me, right?  So I rest my case on that subject.

Getting back to my story though, the story that prompted this post “Just Because”.

We have noticed a huge turnover in our neighborhood.  Older folks are moving out and newer, younger folks with small children are moving in.  It is a wonderful hood to raise kids in, and since there is a tiny park across the street from out house, it’s super fun to see the neighborhood kids using it once again.

We are lucky enough to have a new (young) family move in right next to us.  They are so cute, all fresh faced and new- their future so wide open in front of them… and that’s the parents!  The kids are even cuter! It really does bring me joy to see that abandonned cozy coupe with the driver side door open in my neighbors front yard, the memories start flooding back to when my boys were young.  Ugh- I am now writing this with tears streaming down my face! Oh the horror!!!

Getting back to my story.  When our new neighbors moved in, there were three in the family and then THERE WERE 4!  Imagine that!  The young couple moved in with a 2 something year old boy and a little bun in the oven…. a baby girl.  Well, when I heard they were having a girl, I just couldn’t help myself- I had to make a baby quilt with A LOT of PINK!!

I scoured through all my pink stashes of fabric scraps and fussy cuts. I am sure many of you have those same kind of stashes.   img_0772-e1488850926333.jpg

I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutter to cut triangles- and ALOT of them too.

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You can see I have some Heather Ross (vintage and hard to find), some Cotton and Steel and a sprinkling of solids throughout.  It, in my opinion is a feast for the eyes!

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After the quilt top was pieced and “sandwiched” I did a little quilting, with my continuous circle technique.  Every girl wants a banana seat bike with fringed handle bars, right?

I of course had to add a little something extra to the back, because as we all know, “it’s those little things” that make a big difference.

 

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Now, while I cannot say without lying that “I am an expert paperpiecer” when it comes to letters.  These 4 letters litterally kicked my behind.  I sooooo struggled with them.  In the end though- I made my point, and June’s name appeared on the back.  I am sure it only bothers me that the letters aren’t perfect.

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And in my humble opinion, it is pretty darn cute!  Just like the recipient!

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All dressed up and ready to go- but the gnome stays with me! Sorry June!

Some Things I am Working On!

I’ve taken on a challenge.  This challenge is to create some sort of art for 100 days and post it to instagram with the hashtag #the100dayproject.  I chose to do watercolors each day, knowing this would be challenging for me since I haven’t really worked with watercolors since high school.   Below you will see a video of day 39.  A pair of Hunter Boots.  Finding subjects to paint for me has become increasingly harder.

If you follow me on Instagram you can see my progression to 100 days, some are video’s like this one and some will just be photos of the finished piece.   I’m on day 41 I think, and it has been quite a journey!

I have also uploaded some of my designs to Spoonflower and printed them onto organic cotton sateen.  We chose this fabric, because we have done some testing with many different fabrics from spoonflower and found that the organic cotton sateen seems to be the most color fast as well as the most vibrant.IMG_1361

This collection above is Floral Flurries in Pink.

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My Floral Flurries Collection all working together to create The Perfect Wallet (above), which is a pattern by my friend LR Stitched.  I will be showing this in my booth at SURTEX.  It is such a fun wallet to make.  I have made several, and I am not stopping, anytime soon!!

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I will be exhibiting with Vivid Art Agency at Surtex May 21-23, in booth 2823.  This year has been less stressful for me. Having an agent has many advantages and there is less for me to prepare for this year.   I also won’t be glued to my booth, I can visit other booths and I can maybe also catch some New York sights. Should be a pretty chill visit.  Fingers crossed this is a good show for me.

That’s all for now! Have a great week!

 

Going into April with a SPLASH!

My Mothly Newsletter on Surface Design

Puddle Jumping!

Each month I like to show some of my new artwork.  This month will not be an exception, but like most of my work it is inspired by something from my childhood.

Growing up in Michigan I realize that it’s the small things that really matter. Sometimes the simpler the better too!  The memories of “puddle jumping” came flooding back (oh gee pardon the pun, it really was an accident).  Like those times my sister and I were allowed to go outside and jump in the puddles.  My mom would give us the freedom to run around in the rain, if 3 conditions were met.  First of all it had to be a warm day.  Second, it had to be during the day.  And thirdly, under no circumstances could there be lightning or thunder.  Thank goodness for a cautious mother, or I might not be here!  Or, maybe I would have that curly hair I always wanted?  Hmmmmm… Anyway continuing on with my little story.  Puddle jumping out in the country was more like MUD puddle jumping.  Our driveway was dirt, and the many streams of rainwater would merge perfectly, creating the deepest darkest nooks and crannys for mud puddles, and a haven for kids to splash into.  Oh those were the days.  If only I still liked to get dirty! Darn, I hate being a grown up sometimes!

How about some raincoat artwork to go with that memory?

We were so “old school” back then that we didn’t even wear raincoats or boots!  WE would run around bare footed and let the mud squish between our toes! They build ’em tough in Michigan!

Moving onto some other news

I released another colorway (red) for my “A Happy Household” fabric collection on Spoonflower.  It seems to have created some kind of a “stir”.  Oh no, I made another pun, really, I cannot help it!!! These designs are getting a lot of love on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest and for me it’s been a real kick!

The 3 patterns are Top: “Fluff, Fold, Stir and Bake”,  Bottom Left: “Joy of Baking” and Bottom Right: “A Happy Household”.  These are wonderfully whimsical designs inspired by “womens work of the 50s” and are a pun themselves…

Because I don’t really believe that this is the way of the modern household.  NO SIREE! I mean just ask my husband – he does way more laundry than me!  In my opinion “A Happy Household” is a household where all those tasks are shared.  So this is meant to be fun, no judgement here! There is a link on my website for Spoonflower at the top menu where you can access my Spoonflower shop.  In addition to these designs, there are many more to be discovered!

What can I make out of “A Happy Household” fabric designs?

Well, so funny you should ask.  I have a few mock-ups to share!

How about sewing up an oven mit in the “Joy of Baking” print!

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What if you were to create a snazzy apron for a Father’s Day or Mother’s Day gift?  See there is no judging here! I told you! Both may be used by any gender.

SURTEX News

My creative juices have been flowing, and I have been preparing all sorts of designs for all surfaces, which will only be revealed at SURTEX, which takes place May 21st-23rd at the Javitz Center in New York City.  Those of you that recieve this newsletter AND are in fact looking for new designs that will be available for all kinds of surfaces should certainly stop by Booth 2823.  My agent Sue, from Vivid Art Agency will be there representing me, and I would love to meet you as well. If you don’t see what you need, let’s talk about it and I’ll create something you really love.  All my contact information is at the bottom my newsletter and I would love to hear from you!!

#The100DayProject

I’ve joined an instagram movement, The 100 Day Project. This project is meant for creatives to spend up to 10 minutes a day creating something you wouldn’t normally make time for.  I have decided on painting with watercolors.  My theme will be flowers and with a goal of 100 consecutive days, hopefully this creative journey will result in some great artwork and a refreshed confidence in this medium.  Join me on this journey.  It starts today and I will be posting to instagram once each day for this challenge under my unique hashtag #the100DayProjectTraceywirthdesigns.

As always, thank you so much for reading my newsletter.  It’s a real honor to interrupt your morning routine with a little light, fun, and sometimes humorous artwork. Thanks for allowing me to be part of your day!

Have a great month, and I’ll see you in May!

Tracey Wirth Designs

Tracey Wirth Designs

 Tracey Wirth

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 www.Traceywirth.com

Another Christmas!

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It is hard to believe that another Christmas has come and gone and it is even harder to believe that 2016 is coming to an end!  Our boys are becoming young men and the hubs and I are noticing our own signs of aging.  It sneaks up on you.  It really does.  Those things that you thought that “SOMEDAY” you would be or do…. those things that haven’t  happened yet?  Well, the time is now.

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I am realizing that “someday” is now and there is no sense in waiting for the future.  At the risk of sounding morbid, none of us knows what tomorrow holds.  So whatever it is that you want or feel as though you have wanted to do… DO IT NOW!  I’m not waiting anymore, if any of us have any doubts about this, look at the string of celebrity deaths that have occurred lately!  It’s shocking!  Some of these people in their 50’s, which, when you are in your 20’s seems old, I know, but it isn’t in all reality!

So you have a special dress you are waiting to wear?  I say get it out and wear it now, create an event!  Celebrate Monday, if nothing else comes to mind to celebrate. For me, I am pushing full steam ahead with my designs.  Any rejection is just going to make me push harder.  So all those textile companies out there, better watch for me, because I am coming.. whether you are ready or not!!!

The end of the year has been very busy for me.  It has been full of awesome surprises as well as some very big disappointments.  I am choosing to focus on the great things that have happened, and allow those icky disappointments to encourage me to try harder, create more and to also remind me that “nothing worthwhile comes easy.”

I participated in an Instagram Challenge in December.  It was an advent calendar instagram challenge.  The challenge was created by Four Corners Art Collective.  This group of talented designers created prompts for December 1st- December 21st.  It was loads of fun, and I am so grateful to all of them!

You can see all my renderings by clicking on my photo below, it will take you to my portfolio website.

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Doing this challenge was a great exercise!  You have to put your work out quickly and it needs to go out every day for 3 weeks.

On to another topic.  I made a quilt for my sister-in-law Sheri.  The last of the sister-in-laws to get the gift of a quilt for Christmas.  She’s been waiting.  Finally, her day came!

I went WAY off script with this one.  I let all the fabric do the work for me.  I chose bright solids and all the Cotton and Steel prints I had in my sewing room.  I used them all!

I used my Accuquilt Go Cutter to cut lots and lots of triangles! It really does make cutting go faster.

In the picture below, I was trying to figure out how to put these half square triangles together.  You can really see how the fabric is doing the work for me.

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In this picture below you can see the quilt assembled and nearly ready for quilting.

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I didn’t even start to think about what I was going to do for Sheri’s quilt until after Thanksgiving.  When I finally had some kind of idea, I was overtaken by a dark cloud of depression.  It usually comes on this time of year, when our days are shorter and there are a million things that need to be done before the holidays hit.   I pushed through though.  I would sew a little bit each day and luckily I finished up the binding on Christmas morning.  Just in time!

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Sheri’s finished quilt was created with many half square triangles and some solid 6.5″ x 6.5″ squares  as well.

Sheri has had a hard year, in 2016.  She had a huge family loss herself.  I hope she knows that this quilt, as with all quilts I have made are more than just a quilt,  it’s a hug as well!

Happy New Year to you all!

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Just When you Need It!

Sometimes something happens right when you REALLY need it!  I often talk about how being in the business of surface design is like a rollercoaster ride.  Many times this rollercoaster ride seems to have more nosedives than blastoffs!  Those nosedives?  They are usually provoked by that “evil little inner voice” that likes to compare my work to others and tell me “you’ll never amount to anything”.  Most days I can push this “voice” aside, not listen and not buy into it, but some days it gets hold of me and pulls me down that rabbit hole.  Ugh, if any of you have this issue, you know the place I am talking about. It’s a dark, ugly space where creative juices dry up and optimism is unheard of.  You know that song by Sam Phillips, “Where the Colors Don’t Go”? well, her lyrics explain it all.  Nothing grows there, especially color!

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So getting on with my story, and it’s a very good one!  Two weeks ago I did a little four question “e-mail interview” with a lovely woman named Rose that works with the “On The Surface” (SURTEX) E- Newsletter. You probably remember I exhibited at SURTEX 2016, last May.  This e-mail popped into my inbox (which usually I tend to delete even before reading because I think it may be junk from an on-line marketer trying to sell their services), but this time I opened and read it. Thank goodness I did.  This was JUST WHAT I NEEDED, JUST WHEN I NEEDED IT!

This e-mail was from a lovely person by the name of Rose Gilbert.  She had questions as to what I did last summer, how my summer inspired my creativity and about life after SURTEX.  At the time, I answered the questions attached some artwork, as they requested and sent it immediately back, thinking “this may end up being nothing, but who knows” and I totally forgot about it!!!!

A few days ago, to my surprise, and in a slump, a newsletter popped into my inbox from “On The Surface”, the e-newsletter from SURTEX.   I scanned through it, completely forgetting about the interview I did and all of a sudden I saw my face!  OMG!  I didn’t even read it, I handed my phone over to my husband and he started to read it to me!  To say that I was shocked, was an understatement.  I really did forget about it.  Rose made me sound so much more like an artist (and a grown-up) than I view myself to be!  Below you can read part of the SURTEX e-newsletter!

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When you head over to the SURTEX website, there doesn’t seem to be a place to access this particular newsletter.  You will find older newsletters there, but not this one for some reason.  I am not sure why, but I am sure many, many attendees and exhibitors received this e-newsletter edition in their mailbox, just as I did.

So I guess you can say I am on the upswing of the rollercoaster ride.  I know it won’t last forever, but I am going to enjoy this feeling for a little while before it’s time to experience the next dip.

Have a great week everyone!

Create Something!

 

Mama’s Got a New Bag!

Last week I started cutting pattern pieces for Noodlehead’s Campfire Messenger Bag.  There are many pieces to this bag.  There is not only the main, lining and accent fabrics, but there is also the fusible fleece and fusible woven interfacing pieces.  Sadly, I am not the most organized when it comes to sewing- so I tend to cut woven interfacing as I move along with each fabric piece as needed.  YOU would think I would learn, and cut all the lining pieces ahead of time, but no, I don’t- I just continue to use my method of madness. Oh well, what are you going to do?  I did get a pretty nifty bag out of the whole deal, so I guess in a way my method worked!

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The Campfire Messenger Bag, in my opinion is a MUST MAKE and should be put on the top of all of your “to make” lists!  It has just enough pockets both inside and out.  The backside of the bag has a snap pocket, and once you open the flap there are 2 roomy  and easily accessible front pleated pockets.  There is a zipper pocket above those pleated pockets, and on the interior side of the bag, you have two pockets, side by side.   There are many options that Anna presents you with in her pattern for flap closures, heck, I may try them all.  Why not?  I did go with the snap closures for this particular bag.  I feel it gives this bag a nice clean look, very professional.  There is also an adjustable strap that makes it easy to wear the bag either “cross body” style or just over the shoulder.

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This bag is roomy enough for all you essentials and then some.  I don’t have an iPad, but I am pretty sure that would fit also!

I basically used the fabrics I had around already.  I had some Cotton and Steel fat eighths on hand and I used these for the flap and linings.   This particular collection of Cotton and Steel looks really great with navy blue so… I constructed the strap, snap closures and bag binding all in a solid navy blue.  I think from these photos, it may look black, but it is a very, very  dark blue.

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I didn’t have a navy blue zipper of the correct size on hand.  So I opted for an ecru instead.   I also did not add the zip bag closure (optional) for top of the main part of the bag.

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My friends went wild when they saw my Campfire Messenger Bag. Then they went even more wild when they found out I made the bag!!!

I hope you make this bag and enjoy the process as much as I did!

Have a Great Weekend!

One more thing also, I am having a pretty nice giveaway through my instagram, @Traceywirthdesigns.  Hop on over to instagram and follow the qualifying rules. The giveaway closes on Monday September 26th at 5:00 pm PDT.  Best of Luck for those who enter!