Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Success at last!

Actually, success was last week, but after dancing like a madman around my sofa I put it away carefully and forgot to take pictures.

What am I babbling about? Why this:

Ages ago (October to be precise) I mentioned that I was trying to make a patchwork bag which wasn't working out too well. Meari demanded pictures, I nodded my head, and ... didn't follow through (I'm sorry, but it's all done now~~~)

A short while ago, I whined about my Space Invaders having problems. A lot of people told me to buck up and take it like a man. (OK, no. They said that 3rd time's the charm and they were right!)

I went back to my patchwork and finished it~

The "S" in the middle is from Passione Ricamo's free Arabesque alphabet. It's on 18 count aida with two strands of black. The dimensions of the bag are 10.5" x 11/5" x 2.5"

It has a layer of heavy sew-in interfacing so it stands up by itself, even with the heavier-than-they-look handles. It has one pocket inside, which I placed a bit too low. I also cut the inside and the outside to the exact same dimensions, but when finished the lining is actually a tiny bit bigger, so it's a little loose on the inside. Next time I'm going to make the lining smaller, so that it fits properly. I forgot to take a picture of the inside, but it's the same fabric as the handle loops.The handles can be slid out of the loops so I can switch them onto another bag.

I haven't actually taken this out of the house. It's getting colder here, and I like to keep my gloved hands in my jacket pockets, so no handbags in winter. But when summer comes this will be going places!


Annie said...

That is fabulous! Looks very professional. Must feel great to have a finish like that.

Kathy said...

Your bag is gorgeous. Prettier than anything you could buy.

Chiloe said...

Wow !!!!!! What a great bag !!! It's beautiful: you are very talented ;-)

CindyMae said...

You should be very proud of yourself. It is gorgeous!!! I love it!!!!!

Pumpkin said...

Fantastic bag Blu!!!! I'd say that was a project well done :o)

Deb said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and leaving a comment because now it's enabled me to see yours! I love your bag. I don't know the whole story behind it, but it's wonderful. I don't blame you for not wanting to take it out in the winter, but when the warm air starts up again, I think it would be the first thing I pulled out! It's gorgeous!!

Myra said...

OH, very pretty. I love the oriental feel it has. Great job!