Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A New Bag

While I could have been doing many other things yesterday such as cleaning my house. I decided I wanted to make something. I started looking through my collection of books and found The Perfect Handmade Bag by Clare Young. I love making bags and I use them all the time. I have several around the house with UFO's in them or stuff that needs to be put away or yarn or fabric. Sometimes I put all the things I need for a particular project in a bag so it is all ready to get started. I am trying to remember to take my shopping bags into the store with me when I go. I usually have them in the car.

My latest bag is The Patchwork Weekender. I used what I had in my stash and was able to whip it up in just a few hours. I had this decorator fabric swatch book I think someone gave me a long time ago. I think it is from the 70's or 80's. According to my book Sew Retro that is retro fabric. All the strips were the same width but they were different lengths. I used every scrap of fabric and I had just enough to piece together the front and back of my bag. The bottom, side gussets and handles are made with a soft suede like decorator fabric. And there is a zipper closing the top.

This bag is quite large about 18' by 22'. It sort of reminds me of the old fashioned carpet bags. It is definitely big enough to carry what I may need for a weekend trip. I think I may use it for an all day shopping trip as well. The handles are so soft that it would be a delight to hold over my shoulder. And it will hold a lot of shopping.

I love making projects that are so quick to finish. And I had forgotten that I bought this book about a month ago. There are several more bags that I want to try. I think the Owl Pocket Bag is adorable. The Ruffle-Top Purse is so cute and feminine it would be perfect for summer. The Fold Up Shopper would be so handy to keep in my purse. And I love the idea of The Packaging Tote. Actually there are so many adorable bags in this book. And another great thing about this book is that every bag uses recycled materials or scraps.

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  1. Your bag looks great! Plus, I am intrigued my the names of the other bags in the book...I may have to check the book out, too.

  2. I LOVE THIS BAG! I love that it was upcycled, being both green and free. I love that it is adorable and a bit on the hippy-chick side. I love that the handles are soft, they look like velvet. I also loved you set aside cleaning the house in order to make it; my kinda choice!

  3. I have no problem choosing sewing over cleaning the house. Sewing is so much more enjoyable. Thanks for the nice comments

  4. I have the same malady, I love to stall doing the house, but tonight, I am going to my sewing space, and make me a weekender too! Thanks for the inspiration!