Monday, July 31, 2006

Yoga Mat Bag

Yesterday I decided I need to have a new bag to cart my yoga mat back and forth to the gym in. So I got up early this morning and made this.

Which my purple yoga mat fits into perfectly !

The front of the bag has pockets for things like water bottles, snack bars and a magazine for reading while on the treadmill. The inside is lined in purple cotton that matches the piping on the outside and it has a bunch of patch pockets on the inside too for my wallet and keys and things like that. The top zips shut. I'm very happy with the way this bag turned out.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

amy butler covington handbag

I recently finished this bag and I love it. I know I can't make them to sell, and I wouldn't want to because they take so long to make, but I might make one as a gift for my sister. I bought this fabric as a remnant for $3 a yard, and knew immediately what I would make from it.

Isn't she lovely?


Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Giving Tree Tote

I made this quick little tote yesterday for a swap. The theme was Children's Books and the recipient of this bag chose several books including The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. This is the picture from the front cover and the first line of the book (I'm hoping that copyright is kind when it's a gift and only one item!). I drew the image with a pigment marker and coloured it with fabric pastels ( the waxy iron-them-afterwards kind). Hoping like mad that she likes it!
ps Sorry about the photo quality. I'm out of good light now until tomorrow.

Monday, July 24, 2006

A new member intro

Hello! I'm Vicki and I'm a certified bagaholic. Thanks, Linda, for accepting my request to join. I started with crocheting them cute little bags and purses. I gradually moved to knitting, then felting those bags. I'm hooked.

While sewing cool ties for our troops abroad, I figured, if I can sew a straight line, I might be able to sew something else, right? Then, I came across Autum's and the Bagoramawebsites. From there, I found the others. You all got me so inspired!

I'm just a beginner in sewing but I've learned so much from visiting so many websites and blogs. Here's my BLOG, where you can see my progress. I have some pictures posted of my own attempts. This is one addiction I'm proud of. It's a good thing.


Another quilted bag!

If you click on this picture you can see the details better. I did not quilt it with straight stitches. I chose a leaf stitch and did it free motion. You can also see the great button I found that matches the checks in the material.

This is lined with six big pockets.

Sew Long for Now!


Thursday, July 20, 2006

I finished another Bag Today

I finished a tote bag for my friend who is a knitter. The bag is large enough to carry a project or two. Here is a link to my blog for the details.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Kirsty Duncan, Complusive Bag Maker at Your Service!

Howdy, everyone! Nice to be here! I feel I am among friends and can share with you my own complusion to make yet another bag. ( Yes, darling, I do know how many I already have.) My primary focus is quiltmaking. I've done it for absolutely ages and teach and design patterns. Just love it! Like many other quilters, I also have gone off on the tangent of bag-making because... well, I hardly have to explain why to YOU, now, do I?

My inaugural post here (thanks to an invitation from the lovely lindiepindie, thank you xx) is the product of my first ever felting class. You can see that the basic construction isn't all that exciting. I began the felting class rather reluctantly (like I REALLY need yet ANOTHER crafting obsession to eat into my time!) and fancied making something very cobwebby and Monet-ish. Ended up with a thick wad of stuff with blobs of colour everywhere. Hmmph.

But when I got it home and looked closer, I decided to free-motion stitch over it and define the flowery shapes a bit more. Much happier with the whole thing after that, I cut two bag panels from the felt and covered a little journal with the scraps.

Won't be felting again, but I can't see myself giving up bags anytime soon bags!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Recycled Sweater Bag

I went to the thrift store looking for wool sweaters to felt to turn them into bags. I found this sweater which was not wool but I thought it would make a cool bag. The lining fabric has shoes and glitter on a black background.

I just cut the sweater into a rectangle and made the lining the same size. I used more of the lining to make the little handle holders as well as the "scarf" accent.

The supplies cost:
Sweater: $2.99
Lining: $1.60
Handle: $2.00

Total: $6.59

Pretty cool!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

couldn't wait

i LOVE sophie bags!
i knit this from cascade 220 that i received in the magicyarnball swap. my partner also made this fabulous flower pin!

i have some chocolate colored fabric that will be it's lining, but i couldn't wait and just had to post :D

perfect sophie

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Me, Too

I was thrilled to find a place where fellow Bagaholics can show their bags and I've really enjoyed looking at all the great bags made by all the talented members.

This was my first pieced bag.

It took a bit of tweaking until I had drafted a pattern that I liked but I am pleased with the final results.

More of my bags and other crafting can be seen here.

Can't wait to see more bags!!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Wool felt tote

A wool felt tote embellished with silk fusion.

I love to work with wool felt, it's so nice to stitch on.

You can visit my blog by clicking here

another quilted bag!

I didn't have measurements when I made this bag, so I just winged it, but I love how it turned out! I used jeans that my kids have outgrown and made a pretty fabric flower using a tutorial I found on wise craft's blog. It was really fun to make and I love the fact that I'm toting around a part of my kids!

I have a shop on etsy that I had, at one time, listed some of my handmade soap in, but thought I'd try some of my handbags too. I just listed one of my bags, if anyone is interested.

Hope everyone is having a productive day!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Thrift store fun!

Recently I have found a bunch of great linens at the thrift store. All have been in brand-new condition and they have been cheap, cheap, cheap (I love cheap, in case you can't tell!) Here are three purses that I have made from my thrift store finds:

The first one has two small thrifted pieces in it, the second one is made from a sheet and the third one is made from a 3-yard piece of fabric that I bought for $2.00. I definitely intend to keep scouring the fabric bins and the linen tables for great pieces of material!

Happy purse making!

--I can be found blogging here!

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Copy Cat Blogger!!!

Oh LindiePindie!
I LOVE YOUR BAG!!! And the link was PERFECT!!!
So ... Yes ... I must COPY it!!!

My picture's not as good ...
and I didn't follow the tutorial exactly?
It's my favorite GREEN.
And TOILE!!!
It's quilted!
It's lined!
It's finished!
And it's MINE!!!