Thursday, July 9, 2009

EB Bag Swap!!!!!! The Bag I made!!!!!

Today is the EB bag swap opening day, I had to sew a bag for becanne (Rebecca) and her blog...http://wallaby-creek.blogspot.com/.


Anyway this is the bag I made her.... It's hard to see cause the material is dark but it has pleats across the front and back, ten pleats to be exact............






And I also made a little tissue holder for an extra (but looking at what other people done for extra's I feel a little scrungy now!!!!


The label I embroidered onto some calico and sewed inside the bag as a memento of the bag swap!!!!!!!!




I searched for days and days for the pattern and printed off a heap of free tutes but just wasn't happy, so I enlisted the help of Vikki (bubblegumma ) and she helped me find this pattern....


Ok the pattern I used was a PDF pattern from an Etsy seller- olivetreetextiles, and the pattern is called 'The Charlie Bag'. For the tissue holder it was a free tute (and do you think I can find the website now????). I made the handle a little longer than the pattern said, as Rebecca said she liked to wear her bags cross body so hopefully it is long enough!!!!!!!! I also added a zippered pocket to the inside and a pocket for mobile phone and a pen pocket too....


The material was Michael Miller Birds of Norway in Expresso and Amy Butler Polka Dots in Linen, both from an etsy seller- fabricshoppe.


I also made the exact same for Vikki to say 'Thank you' for the shopping spree she went on to Spotlight for me (as I am not near one) and stocked up on a heap of fabric for me........


This is the label I embroidered for inside Vikki's bag.....




Things I learned when making these bags.....


1. How to insert Magnetic clasps, never used them before but now love them.


2. How to do an internal zippered pocket.


3. My Embroidery Machine and me aren't best friends LOL!!!!!!!!! And probley never will be.


4. How to use pellon. (never used it before and love it now)


5. That there are heaps of lovely ladies on EB willing to help with ANYTHING!!!!!!!





3 comments:

Mel said...

Em, I truly hope you believe in your incredible sewing talents from the journey through your bag! You are so creative and have accomplished perfection with this bag! I'm very inspired and if you ever market them, just let me know! :)

Liam's Mummy said...

I love that fabric. I should have known it was Michael Miller. Persist with the embroidery machine, it will be well worth it when you get it right! Beautiful bags - I saw that you made more than one of these, they are gorgeous!

becanne said...

Hi Emma. I took it to work and all the girls loved it. That is a pretty big compliment because they all have great taste. You should see some of the clothes and jewelry these girls have - I'm a bit of a bumpkin compared to them.

They are all loving handmade bags at the moment, and one or two are starting to ask about learning to make their own bags. My boss even suggested that she could do my work so I could come in and make bags for everyone...heh heh!!

Anyway, it is the perfect size for daily use and I adore the fabric you used. Be very proud!

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