Tuesday, 29 June 2010

It's official - I'm addicted to bags

It does not happen to me often that I can make something people actually admire. My craft experiences in school were always of the order of "Highly Commended" (in other words, quite nice, but not good enough for a real prize). My mother sent me on a sewing course as a teenager. Unfortunately the project was to make a SUIT out of KNIT fabric. I mean how ridiculous. It was horrible. Once I had finished, I threw it away.

So you can see why I got so excited when I first tried out this bag pattern from Vanessa Christenson, and everyone started commenting on my bag:

Friend: "I love your bag. Where did you buy it?"

Me: (smugly) "I made it."

Friend: (incredulous) "What!"

Me: (faltering slightly, at the fact that my friend couldn't believe I actually made it) "Yes, it turned out well didn't it?"

Friend: (proudly) "If you sold those, I would buy one."

Me: (incredulous) "Really?"

So you see, I have now been encouraged by my stroked ego to make more of the bags that caused a temporary buzz of  fame amongst my social circle. In fact, I have made four in one sitting. I might even open an Esty shop...(one step at a time).

In the meantime I am making them as gifts. This is the one I made for my children's teacher as a goodbye gift.




The pattern was not free, but it has more than made up its value already. You can also buy the flower pattern separately if you have a thing for fabric flowers.


What I love about this bag is that the lining peeps through, and co-ordinates with the flower. It's not too fussy, but just that touch of glamorous.


I shared this on these great linky parties.

38 comments:

KJ said...

Found you via Creative Itch. I have purchased this pattern too but haven't made it yet!! I love the fabric you chose. Well done!!

KJ said...

I found your blog via Creative Itch and I am glad I did! I purchased this pattern too, but have not made it yet. I love the fabric you chose. well done!

Theresa said...

Very sweet! Like how you coordinated the flower and the lining! Great Job!

Amanda said...

Love the bag! I am also addicted to them, and give them away like crazy as gifts. People love it! It's a great feeling! Your bag turned out fabulous! Great job! Found you at Anything Related!

mle said...

That is a lovely bag! I'll have to work up to this one : )

janimal said...

You did a lovely job on that bag. Great fabrics you chose. Well done!

the thrifty ba said...

totally CUTE!

Annemarie's Breiblog said...

What a lovely bag! Really nice! If you like to add it to my link party (every Saturday on my blog) I would be so delighted!
Annemarie

Jan said...

That's a great summer bag!!!!

Mandy said...

Beautiful bag! What a great gift. I LOVE the flower!

★All Thingz Related★ said...

The bag is beautiful! Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

Anonymous said...

Really, really pretty!
Melanie

BLJ Graves Studio said...

Love your bag, you really did a fabulous job.

Stephanie said...

Ummm.... if you are still giving these out as gifts can I say it's my birthday and you can send me one??
They are fab!
I'm following you!

Chase and McKell said...

that is darling! i especially love that flower. and i'm addicted to bags too, it's a problem! but oh so fun to collect.

*come check out my blog too if you'd like :)

Julia said...

Love it...such a cute design:).!

Denise said...

Amazing job on the bag! I hopped over from the It's so Very Cheri/Creative party! Loved your testomonial about Granny...They have such strong influences on us don't they? :)
Happy Wednesday

ps. I'm your newest follower

Alida@IMakeStuff said...

I love the bag and the flower! Great job!

Sharon Cohen said...

I just hopped in from the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop. This bag is SO ME! I'm following this blog - not because it's the polite thing to do - but it just became a delightful thing to do!

I have a greeting card shop for wives on Zazzle that you might want to browse from my blog. Please accept my invitation to follow me back at http://bythesefruits.blogspot.com

Living on Love and Cents said...

WOW! Amazing! I am a new follower. I like your blog! I hope you will come visit my blog www.livingonloveandcents.blogspot.com and check out the giveaways while you are there! I look forward to reading more from your blog. Have a great day! Heather

freckled laundry said...

We have the same addiction so I had to stop by. Your bag is beautiful! Love the fabric. If your addiction becomes too serious, reach out & maybe we can start a bagaholics anonymous blog together. I'm sure there are more of us. :)

Jami

Julee said...

Some addictions are their own therapy! Your newest follower from Welcome Wednesday Hope you'll stop by Mommy's Memorandum

Crystal said...

Beautiful! I always wished I had a creative bone in my body ANY PLACE!
New follower from WW

T.Bird said...

I love your bag!!! I have a sewing machine and I don't know why I haven't put it to use! I WILL, I WILL!!!

Bec said...

Following you from Welcome Wednesday! Hope you can follow me back! :)

http://mygorgeouspinkcheeks.blogspot.com/

Eileen said...

Love the bag - especially the flower!

Kim @ Everything Etsy said...

I love it and might have to make one! I've bought her patterns in the past! :) Great job!

Thanks for joining us!

~Kim

Totallyscrappy said...

Very sweet! I love the flower and how the lining peeks out.

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Admission is the first step...:o) Very lovely. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

Jess said...

Nice bag! I'm also addicted!

Staci J said...

It looks great, perfectly simple and beautiful!! i LOVE the flower too! Visiting from justsewsassy.com

Vintage Creations said...

OMG!!!! that bag is so adorable! :) i love the flower and the floral print peeking through the top! :) Gorgeous! :)

Heather @ vintagecretaionsinc.blogspot.com

Laura said...

What a pretty bag! I love it.

Sharon said...

That is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! I would definitely be eyeballing the bag if I saw it in a store!

BTW - I still don't know how to react when people (friends) are shocked that I actually made something! Funny.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

That bag is so cute and YOU are so cleaver! I would be so proud of myself if I could do something like that...and even prouder if I had the imagination!! Simply adorable.

Beansieleigh said...

Love your bag, and the fabrics you used for it! Beautiful job you did with this!.. And yes, I'm addicted to bags also! LOVE them, and frankly, they're starting to take over my room! I either need a better system or another room to store them, but still keep them at arms reach! I change my bag almost everyday!

Christine said...

The bag really is great...post when you get your Etsy shop up and running ;)!!

Jenn @ Seeds on a Breeze said...

Hey! I hopped over from It's Fun to Craft. I love the contrast of hte lining. What a fun bag. I would definitely buy one, too.

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