Friday, 4 June 2010

Pretty summer bags make things all better

Well, I did it! Yesterday I had hoped to improve my bad day with a project in the evening, but I ended up going to bed. This morning I woke up, the sun was shining and my Vanessa Christenson pattern was waiting for me in my inbox. What a great way to start the day! As soon as the kids were off to school, I cleared a space at the kitchen table and began.


I dug around in my scrap basket and found this gorgeous coarse weave fabric. Just enough!


Because it is an upholstery fabric, it has its own stiffness and didn't need interfacing.

Vanessa's pattern was incredibly easy to follow. I bought it in her shop, and I feel it was well worth $7. This bag was so easy to make, I am going to run up a few to keep for gifts (and hey, I may even sell some on Etsy!)


By 11am I had made the lining, the outer and the handle. Then I made a mistake, and sewed the lining together with the outer, with the handle on the wrong side. So I had to unpick it and fix!! Despite this little problem, I had finished the main bag by 12pm and just had the flower to do.



The bag is lovely without a flower, but it needs it to add that extra style...



I am thrilled with the result! The next one will be in creams. I reckon I will be able to make one in an hour now that I have the hang of it.

It certainly made me feel better about today - I have accomplished something...now for that sunshine.

22 comments:

Cathy Kerton-Johnson said...

I'm trying out my comments mainly because they haven't been working. So if you can read this it means they're fixed!! Comment away!

Suzanne said...

Your bag is darling. Love the flower!

Amy said...

I love the colors of this bag!! It turned out so cute and stylish. I am visiting from Finding Fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!

Nestled in Rosenberg said...

Gorgeous! I'm visiting from Frugalicious Friday...

T.bird

Nestled in Rosenberg said...

I LOVE the design, material and all! I'm visiting from Frugalicious Friday.

T.bird

Lynsey said...

Hi Catherine, I came across your blog from the flickr page you posted your bag on. I made the same bag in pink. It was so funny readying your post as I made exactly the same mistake as you and didn't put the handle in either then I had to repick it! The bag took me a bit longer to make than you as I am a newbie to sewing but it is a great patten!
Hugs Lynsey x

Steph said...

Pretty! Love the colors and all the little details like the pleats and the flower.

Jessica Hills said...

This turned out SUPER cute. You did such a great job, and I love the fabric. Thanks for linking up today!

V and Co. said...

yay! thanks for the link and your bag turned out gorgeous! -V

mle said...

Boy! is this ever caaahyoot!! I'm not much of a seamstress so I'd have to work up to this but it's something I aspire to!! Love the fabric you used : )

The Pennington Point said...

How fun to just get up one morning and make a new bag. And free....even better. You are right, the flower is the perfect touch. Great job and I'll bet you get a lot of compliments on it. Lisa~

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Gorgeous bag, great job!

Kami @ Sweet Charli... said...

This is darling! LOVE the fabric you've chosen! Thanks so much for Sharing at Sweet Charli! :)

Cheryl said...

Love your fabric & you're so right about the flower - totally cute. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a clever and creative purse ~ well done!

AUDRA said...

Great Job!! It turned out great. I've been looking for a simple purse pattern, I'm going to have to check out her shop.

I'd love to see your ideas at Socialize with me Monday til Sunday! Link party!!

http://simpsonizedcraftsandthensome.blogspot.com/2010/06/socialize-with-me-monday-til-sunday.html

Eileen said...

nice bag...love the fabric!

the thrifty ba said...

nothing to say but i love this!

Staci J said...

Wow!! that turned out suuuper cute!! Visiting from Someday Crafts:)
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Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

This is so beautiful! What a great bag - and the flower really finishes it off! Thanks for the link to the pattern. :)
Visiting from Someday Crafts.

Em @ Bunch of Scrap said...

That turned out GREAT! There is no way I could have gotten it done in a week let alone a morning! Thanks for linking up with Scrappy Saturdays!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Beautiful! I love that fabric, and I love the bag style!!

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