A “Ratz-Fatz-Tasche” (loosely translatable as Lickety-Split Bag), made from a free pattern (in German) by Farbenmix. I used it in place of wrapping paper for a Christmas present.
Before we get to work on the patterns we brought for the sewing class (retro pencil skirt in my case – I’m scared already), the instructor made us practice on a fairly simple shoulder bag. Here’s mine:
I didn’t quite get my head around the pattern the first time I saw it, so I just used a single fabric (a deep blue corduroy that tends to look black depending on the lighting). If I were to make another one, I’d definitely choose two different fabrics – I think it would look great with a pattern and a solid! Some extra pockets would be neat as well. For decorations, I decided to go the lazy way and just add some iron on patches from Dawanda (German Etsy clone). I don’t know where the instructor got the pattern from, but this tutorial on Tiny Happy seems to fit!
Last weekend, I figured I should practice a little for the sewing class I signed up for, and making a Tatüta (a Taschentüchertasche or hanky case – is that a specifically German phenomenon?) seemed like the perfect place to start. It’s a great newbie project for a number of reasons: it only requires straight seams, uses up very little fabric, plus no one really needs one, so no hard feelings if you manage to mess it up. I compared a couple of tutorials and decided to go with this (German) tutorial from Casa Soleggiata. The result:
It’s far from perfect – the seams are sort of crooked (attaching the bias tape was the hardest part), but all in all I feel quite accomplished :-) Yes, I know having my own fashion tags made before making my first stitch is a certain sign of delusions of grandeur – but isn’t it pretty?