Monday, 30 August 2010

COTTON TOTE BAGS - GET OUT YOUR SUNGLASSES!


I've had this 'cheater' fabric in my stash for some time, waiting for the right project.  I think I found it at last!


The pink goes nicely as a lining and I've used both on the pockets.


I used some cotton wadding and calico backing, quilting with variegated thread for interest.

This bag is a little more subdued but I think it's very pretty


I used a new technique for attaching the magnetic snaps, it works great


the pockets are nice and roomy, as is the bag.  I've almost come to the end of my marathon of bag making.  I go back to work tomorrow and won't have much time then.  I'll miss my little sewing room!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Hearts and Flowers Zipped Purses

Summer in England has been decidedly disappointing.  Since I came back from holiday it has done nothing but rain and I could have taken my hot water bottle to bed last night it was so chilly!  So I've spent oodles of time in my workroom, sorting scraps, oiling my old Bernina, cutting up pieces ready to make into scrappy quilts and, best of all, making more bags! 

I love making zipped purses and pouches and these denim ones are all ready for the next craft fair in September at Tissington.  I hope they'll sell!




I used some pretty prints and buttons to add embellishments and did a bit of machine embroidery as well as quilting, to add interest - and because I like doing it!



I also made a few cute snap wallets.  Think I might keep one of these!

 

I've signed up for a couple of other craft fairs leading up to Christmas so I'll be sewing prolifically over the next couple of months.  John says he hopes I sell some of it as the cupboards are bursting at the seams already :-)

Friday, 20 August 2010

Festival of Quilts 2010 and The Bag Making Bible

I had a lovely day at the Festival of Quilts yesterday and of course took a look at the bag section for some inspiration.  I don't think I'll be making any of these in the near future though...



Impressive aren't they?  There were also some lovely clothes; I particularly liked these colourful jackets:



I stopped by the Coats stand where Lisa Lam was signing copies of her new book, "The Bag Making Bible" I didn't buy, but it's definitely going to be on my Christmas list this year!  Lisa also has a great blog and an online shop which sells everything you could ever need to make a bag - a fantastic resource. 

I've posted pictures of some of my favourite quilts from the show on my other blog if you want to take a look.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Bright and Sunny!



This sunshine yellow fabric went so well with the Ikea cotton print that I couldn't resist making this bright and sunny bag.  It has large pockets on the outside made with the cotton print and a good sized pocket on the inside.  Having been tipped off by Jane that people like to buy bags with fasteners rather than without, I now make sure every bag has a fastener - this one has a big red button which was just crying out to be used!





Then I had some of the aqua and brown fabrics left over so just had to make a couple more bags out of it.  These are also big and roomy with pockets inside, padded and quilted.


I enjoyed sewing the design on this one - it's a pleated bag with a very bright and colourful lining and a magnetic snap fastener.




I'm off to the Festival of Quilts on Thursday so who knows what lovely delights I might come back with!  I'll be taking lots of photos to share too.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

MOON OVER THE MOUNTAIN TOTE BAG

OK I know the 'mountain' is a bit flat but that is what I had in mind when I designed this bag, having watched the full moon come up over the mountains on a couple of evenings while I was away.  It's just the kind of bag I like, being lovely and 'squashy' but very sturdy.  I bought this fabric a few weeks ago with just this type of appliqued bag in mind,  I think it's worked really well with the brown and duck egg blue.  The lining is some cotton I've had for a while, waiting for just the right project and I made sure I put plenty of pockets in it.

It took ages and several tries before I got the magnetic closure just right.  I realise now that I need to plan these details before starting on a bag and not halfway through!  Turned out OK in the end though.

I love how the lining has lots of  'movement' in it.  Just like the sea...  (Do I sound like I know what I'm talking about?) 

John's been busy too while I've been away on holiday, he's started attending a watercolour painting class to try and concentrate on something other than work.  This is his first project - you may disagree but I think it's pretty good!

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