Ever since last week’s creation, I’ve been on a bag kick. Now that I get the gist of basic bag making, I wanted to try something different. A few pleats, several buttons, lots of topstitching, a pocket, and a heap of scraps later, this was born:
I liked the adjustable strap idea from the Awesome Bag, but I didn’t want to get button-crazy with this one…. SO, I sewed one side of the strap to the bag, and made three buttonholes on the other side of the strap. I recycled some sweet buttons from a sweater (which sadly, I only got a few wears out of before it started unravelling into oblivion! …I’m so annoyed with you, J.Crew!).
The flower fabric is Anna Maria Horner’s square dance voile. It makes a perfect pocket.
The green print is Amy Butler, and the solid blue is cotton twill. Instead of interfacing to give the bag some structure and heft, I used some old fleece I had lying around- the bag has a nice weight to it without feeling stiff. The main lining is made of muslin. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t put a pocket on the inside too to hold all my small junk like lip gloss, keys, loose change, and loose crumbs… oh well, next time. For now though, I love that this bag is pretty, bright, and soft. I especially love that it looks so nice with my new (and more importantly cheap) yellow Target shoes.
I made this bag using a super easy tutorial by Meg of Elsie Marley. It’s called “the awesome bag”, and for good reason. It’s reversible, and the strap is adjustable… It uses 2 different fabrics- using only a 1/2 yard of each, which is…. dare i say it- awesome. There are 5 buttons going up each side of the bag, so you can adjust the strap length to your liking. Make it long, and it’s like a messenger bag- or keep it short, and it’s more like a handbag.
It is completely reversible- the strap as well…. (that means there are… 20 buttons in all- 10 on the outside, 10 on the inside. yowza.) So, you can change it up based on your outfit or your mood. The inside fabric on mine is a khaki linen, and the outside is some Japanese fabric that I’ve been wondering what to do with for a long time…. it’s by Echino. I think this was the perfect project for it.
I’m not sure if I’ll keep this one for myself, or give it away… I have it in mind for a friend who happens to be…. you guessed it- awesome.
A while back, I bought a bunch of clearance fabric from Fabric.com… it was one of those sales they had where the already marked down fabrics were an additional 30% off. I fell in love with this print- it has some odd-looking (in a cute way) bunnies and gnarly carrots all over it. The bunnies have some ca-razy looking eyes… (i don’t know, maybe they’ve been eating too much grass?) Anyway, I bought this print in 3 different colors and I think I paid around $2/yard. cha-ching! Jay McCarroll (1st winner of Project Runway- love that show!) designed it for Free Spirit, and he’s got a ton of other cool stuff to check out: like these psychadelic deer, some kooky robot birds, and this pink blob something-or-other. I dig it all!
After trying out the easy smocking technique on G’s old pillowcase last month, I thought I’d try it again on some new fabric. These bunnies were calling my name. No, really! They were! Eeeeeeeekkk!
I even got to try out my new (free!) bias tape maker for making the straps.
Once I got into this project I knew it would be too small for Ellery, but luckily I have a super cute and petite niece who I’m sure can rock it just fine.
I can’t wait to see little Avery (or “Tiny” as she prefers these days) running through the yard on Easter morning… finding candy-filled plastic eggs, the soundtrack from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas playing in the background (it’s a family tradition….weird, right?) in this stoner-bunny dress. She’s gonna look awesome. And she’ll probably find the egg with the cash in it.