I live and craft in England (or perhaps “live to craft...”?). I love colour and I love pretty things.
I must have been a magpie or a butterfly in a previous life, such is my attraction to colourful and shiny stuff (aka, pretty, shiny things).
This blog is my attempt to make sense, and keep track, of what I make.
confessions of a fabric obsessive
I saw a tutorial for this book bag on Sew, Mama, Sew:
and it started off a desire to make myself a library book bag complete with pocket for my library card.
Knowing I had some of this fabric:
in two colours, I decided to go for it.
I also saw a tutorial (on Betz White’s blog – I love Betz White) to upcycle cotton totes by using them as a lining for a more interesting bag. Two tutorials means two bags. Jump to my previous post for details of the original tutorials that I followed to make my upcycled bags, and to see the story so far.
Bag number 1
Ta-da, boring bag used as inside of interesting book bag. I love this bag, and the pocket on the outside is so useful. It usually houses my library card and the little receipts that I can print off at my local library with a summary of what books I still owe them. It is currently sitting on the floor next to my computer, full of books that need to go back to the college (where I work, I’m a college tutor/lecturer now) and to the university (where I’m a part-time teacher training student) libraries. So useful, and the pattern on the fabric defines is sue for me, which is always useful when you have memory issues like mine (aka, mind like a sieve!)
Bag number 2
This is as far as I got! The idea of appliqué was a good one, but I’m not an appliqué kinda girl . I may get round to it, I may not. I’m not even sure where it is.
What more is there to add? I have a new bag and it makes me happy.
Interesting bag-related posts from other bloggers (and one of two of my own):
Project Upcycle: An Online Class on Craftsy Taught by Betz White (whileshenaps.typepad.com)
Painted Heart Bag (craftzine.com)
Boxed-Bottom Tote Bag Tutorial (skylarchastain.wordpress.com)
It’s a Bag Marathon (girlwithjavacurls.typepad.com)
Butterfly Tote Bag (mindfuldrawing.com)
I wanna new bag…. (handmadebyclairebear.com)
Upcycle project – skirt into shoulder bag (handmadebyclairebear.com)
The last few weeks (or maybe longer) my life has been full of job applications, job interviews, clearing out the house and tidying up what's left. I rearranged my back room/study/computer room/boxroom a while ago on a whim, quickly shoving stuff into carrier bags to get them out of the way so I could paint the ceilings and the walls. I couldn't put off unpacking those bags and putting away the contents…
Welcome to the first of the patterns/tutorials that I'm writing for my 12 Patterns in 12 Months project. If you are a regular reader, this might not quite be what you were expecting, but this is February's project ;-). The pattern for January is still in the pipeline and will hopefully arrive before January 2014...
These little wraps measure 5.5" x 7" (18cm x 14cm) folded, and 10" x 16.5" (25cm x 41cm) unfolded.