Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Sidekick Suitcase

I just finished a project that was at a whole new level for me. I felt like I needed to grow in my sewing skills and this totally did that for me. I feel braver! I made my own bias tape, and then used it for piping, sewed in two zippers, and tried to follow directions instead of fight them! Yes, I'll admit it, sometimes following 
directions is necessary. 
Sometimes. :)

Jodi over at Sew Fearless let me be a pattern tester for her new pattern, The Sidekick Suitcase.She has created the cutest mini suitcase pattern that is now 
for sale in her shop

For my suitcase, I decided against the recommended duck canvas, and went with a denim* (because it was on hand and I was trying to do it on the cheap)(and, maybe because I have authority issues...hahaha).

I also added some simple iron on appliques to pinkify it a little more for my pink lady.

Check out those lovely zippers!

The beautiful backside. 

A couple of sweet pockets.

And one satisfied customer.
(All the glory a mom needs.)

*Note: DO NOT USE denim if there is ANY stretch to it at all. It was a bit of a nightmare because of my mistake of fabric choice. I'm sure a non stretch denim would be great though!

Anyway, it turned out well. And Dee is in LOVE with it. She promptly ran to her room and started packing the entire contents of her dresser for a trip we took last weekend.

Do you like it? 
Wish you could make one or six for your own kids? 

If so, I will be holding a pattern giveaway for The Sidekick Suitcase, thanks to Jodi at Sew Fearless, and you could win a pattern for yourself! 

Yee haw!
Check back on Friday for the giveaway! 

Sew Fearless is also hosting a 5 pattern giveaway later this week, so go check it out! You've got a lot of chances to win!

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  1. Heather the suitcase is adorable. I love the pink flowers you added to the top. What are the dimensions of the suitcase? How long is the zipper?
    Great job (and way to branch out, hee, hee). It would be fun to make these for my girls.

  2. I think that I will probably cry when mine doesn't turn out as cute as yours.

  3. Kristen, the finished dimensions are 16 inches wide, 12 inches tall and 5 inches deep. I used 2 22" zippers.

    Kelsey, yours will likely be cuter, especially if it is doll sized!

  4. You did an amazing job! I would love for you to link up at my Link Party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  5. That is so cute!! I'm very impressed! :)

    Thank you so much for linking up last Thursday!! Come back tomorrow and link up some more awesomeness like this!!

  6. It is adorable. You did a wonderful job. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you will share with us again this week!

  7. I love it! I'm in love with denim so I think the choice is perfect! I'm featuring it tonight on Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

  8. You have been featured on my blog this week!

    Mrs. Delightful

  9. Great job on this! I have a ton of denim on hand, and now I know what I want to do with it! Found you on our delightful home, and hope you'll come by for a visit.


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