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Okay. I’ve been making lots of bags for my shop and I’m running out of space!

I have enough material to make another one of the bag below and I thought I’d ‘share the love’ and give it away:

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It is made from the fabric from a pair of curtains. So you can tell everyone it’s recycled! 

All you have to do to have a chance of winning is to visit my shop, come back here and comment on what you like, don’t like, what you’d like to see more of. I’ll put all the names in a hat and pick one winner. The comments will be open until Friday 28th November at 12 noon (GMT).

I’ve added another bag to my Etsy shop.

I love the Autumn colours in the fabric and just had to team it up with a gold lining. In the photo the bag has my glasses, keys, pens, purse, mobile, book and a magazine with lots of room for more plus a pocket at the side for an umbrella. AND my house looks tidy in the pictures!

It’s been a while since I wrote about my stitching. I’ve been searching the Internet for bag making patterns after my attempts at making a big bag.

I found one on this great site.

I used the free pattern for the Hobo Bag to make this.

It’s a bit small for me so I’m going to give it to my aunt for her Birthday next month.

It’s always the way – when something needs to be finished you just can’t get it right!

This was my 3rd attempt for the front of a top for my 9 year old goddaughter’s birthday at the weekend.

argh! Had to unpick it again!

argh! Had to unpick it again!

I finished it with about 30 minutes to spare and apparently she loves it because it’s not pink (last year EVERYTHING had to be pink).

Finished Honesty Top

Finished Honesty Top

If you are thinking that you’ve seen it before – you’d be right (here) – only this was a much larger version. My son also proudly told her that he’d helped to make her a birthday bag – and if you think you’ve seen that before you’ve probably visited my Etsy shop 😉
birthday bag

birthday bag

In the preparations for my brother-in-law’s wedding it dawned on me that my little black handbag just wouldn’t do. With lots of ‘distractions’ to take along to keep our 4 year old busy I needed to come up with something else or lug his Thomas the Tank Engine roller case up the aisle.

So the Wedding Tote was born:

Wedding tote bag

Wedding tote bag

 

it’s not perfect – I kind of worked out how to do the corners as I went – but there was plenty of room to put all of my son’s colouring books and magazines in, his game machine and earphones and all of the ‘bits’ we acquired throughout the day. The straps were long enough to carry easily over my shoulder (along with the video camera and the still camera – I am a unglorified cart horse).

I crocheted the flowers to match the flowers on my dress so the bag didn’t stand out in the wedding crowd – well not as much as a Thomas the Tank Engine trolley case would.

A friend of mine has a pre-schooler AND twin toddlers. Which means she has a lot of stuff to carry around. During the summer we went on a visit to a local park and I fell in love with her bag. It was a big bag with a generous wide strap and a tie closure. I asked where she got it and she said a friend had made it for her.

Having just had success with my ‘Swag bag’ I thought – yes you guessed it – ‘I could do that’. I tried to sketch the bag from memory. There was no join at the top of the bag to the straps as they were all cut out of one piece of fabric with a hole in the middle for the shoulder and arm – so only the back and the front were sewn together in one continuous seam. However I wanted the bag to be lined and so had joins at the straps for the lining – stitched into the main bag for strength – and the rest was one piece. In the end the lining was slightly too big for the bag so the stitching is very obvious but hopefully I will learn from that.

inside bag

inside bag

big bag

big bag

Rather than a tie fastening I thought that the material I chose would suit a button fastening much better and I’m quite proud of the result. My one problem is that I didn’t put a pocket in so I will need to add a purse type pocket to put all those essentials – like my phone and my lip gloss – in so they don’t get lost in the bag. It is great for carrying a change of clothes for my son (and some fruit, and a drink, and his cars, and a book, and another drink …).

I didn’t have the foresight to make a ‘pattern’ so I will need to attempt another one soon whilst I can still remember how I did it.