Sunday, December 28, 2008

Vinyl Bags for Vinyl Records + Christmas Crafts!

So here's the latest from Babyracer: cute vinyl, hand stitched bags to hold all your 555 vinyl records. So far I've just tried out a couple of bags for 7" records, but I'm working up to 12" bags too for the series 100 vinyl releases. I think they look great, but the vinyl is thick to push through and I stitched and stitched until my fingers started to bleed!

What's that? You don't have enough vinyl records for your collection? Well hop right on over to to pick up copies of the LPs in the 100 series, or you can take advantage of our special 7" bundle offer and get any five 7" records for $18! What a recession buster deal!

So here's how I've made them! (If anyone out there has made hand bags by hand before and has any helpful times for me, I'm all ears. I'm totally winging it here without any patterns or anything and if there's an easier way, I'd love to hear it.) Here I am attaching the handle.

Here's a shot of the glass of Jameson's whiskey I'm drinking while attaching the handle. Yum. This was late night before last after Stew and Lu had both gone to sleep, so I had a nice little night cap while I sewed. As you can see I tried to embroider the babyracer logo onto the plain white back of this one. It came out a little messy because the vinyl is so hard to punch through. And maybe because of the whiskey too... But I think it looks pretty nice.

On this 2nd bag I decided to use pink embroidery floss instead of the red binding thread on the photo above, and I stitched the logo onto the side of the bag instead of the back. This is my English Flag bag.

See the Red Cross here? I'm hoping to work up to doing a whole Union Jack, but that's going to take a bit more precision and skill, so I'll give myself a little time to work out how to do it. For the moment though, I think these two are a good start. Every single stitch on each one is done by hand. Poor sore hands.

And now that Christmas is over, I can post a photo of some of the Christmas crafting I did for family and friends. Here is an example of the mittens and scarf sets I made using lots of colors of fleece. In the words of John Shuttleworth, "God bless the fleece, it gives you inner peace..." I love working with fleece. So warm, fuzzy and versatile. And best of all, it doesn't unravel at the edges. If I can get through a few good bags I might try to make a few more of these to put up for sale on the etsy site.


musicobsession said...

they are really nice.

Jenn said...

Love it! Thanks so much for sharing!
Merry Christmas!!
Jenn (free Christmas craft and decorating ideas ebook!)