….. I’m the only one awake in the house, the sun is shining, it’s cold (5 deg) and I L O V E it this way!
Our winters are so short, if you spend a couple of days out of town you just might miss it!
I’ve been on a bit of a bag frenzy….no? I hear you say…..that’s so unusual??? Well you can blame Pinterest! I was browsing pins and came across a picture of a two toned box bag…..with handles! I’ve made boxed bags before so I decided to just go with the photograph and make one in two colours with handles for my self!
Well one turned into two then into three…..
Using only my scrap box for #1 and #2 I worked out the cutting size for my fabrics to get the look I was aiming for. The final bag used just one fabric…..I bought this fabric at a craft show in 2011, it is beige with a red print on one side and pink with beige spots on the other.
#3 is not lined like the first two. I also made a little change to the construction of #2 & #3, I usually cut a square from the corners to form the boxed ends, that means covering the cut fabric and it can make it bulky and difficult to stitch over with the machine.
My change was to cover the first seam, the seam that closes the ends with the zip, then I stitched the boxed section leaving the squares of excess fabric in place. The resulting triangle sections were then folded towards the zip and tacked into place.
Not only did it save a step, but it also gave my bag extra form and structure that holds it in place.
Bag #3 was a little different because I didn’t line it. I also added another detail to the zip as the zips I had on hand were all only 12” in length and I needed to avoid a little gap that would be left at the end of the zip.
I enjoyed the process of tweeking the design to give the look I was aiming for. This may be a little like how pattern designer must feel?
Bags were not my only projects this week. A lovely Blog Friend Maree sent me some fabric recently and this week I started to use it.
This dear little dress is ready for our dear little girl.
Who may grow up to be a bull rider if her training photographs are anything to go by!
It probably surprises you to know that I have several projects on the go right now, and hope to have some more completions to show soon.
It’s a lovely long weekend here in my part of the world and that means more stitching time, more relaxing time and an extra sleep in, gotta love that extra sleep in!
Thanks for visiting,