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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Cute Ladybugs

I have piles of 1/2 yards of fabric. They're gorgeous and I adore them and I haven't been able to cut into them. It's quite quite pathetic. Last week I decided it was time to grab my scissors and get to work. I failed to cut into any of them. Instead I cut into one of my fat quarters. I stood holding my scissors and thought I can't do this. And then I thought "Oh for crying out loud! It cost me less than $2 dollars! So what if it goes wrong?" and I cut away.

I used Rae's Buttercup Bag freebie. I prefer my linings to be bright, so I went this cheerful yellow.

Since people will only see the outside I took extra care to make sure everything looks good outside (and slightly less care inside). The pockets are... well, not proper. I have realized that I can't stitch two pieces of square fabric, turn them inside out and get them flat. So I just used some iron on interface and stitched.

Instead of a magnetic snap I used an elastic hairtie and this cute ladybug button. The strap turned out a bit thin (mostly because my fat quarter wasn't 18"x22").


I took it out today and it fit a whole bunch of papers, my Ipod, wallet and keys with lots of room left over. About the size of my other small purse. If everything is in the middle of the purse then it gapes at the sides when closed, but as long as I make sure my junk is balanced it stays fine.


The whole thing was stitched by hand because I'm not all that great wrestling the sewing machine.

Tune in tomorrow for my attempt at using the sewing machine to make something.

And before you wonder at the frequent posts, I'm just making up for the camera-less time. Tomorrow will the last of the "catch up" posts and then it's back to our regularly scheduled programming.

I was a bit surprised by the number of folks who commented that "he" (my dragon) looked good. A bit sexist, I suppose, but I've always assumed that a dragon hoarding chocolate would be a girl! I think I know one guy who cares about chocolate, everyone else can take it or leave it. Unlike most of the girls, who are aficionados!

16 comments:

najma said...

hi, hope you are enjoying your weekend
the hadbag looks lovely
best wishes

Myra said...

I think it is very pretty Blu and it looks to me like you did a great job.

Elaine said...

Such cute ladybirds Blu, your bag looks fab!

Lynn said...

Your bag is fabulous! I can't believe you did it all by hand. Great job!

Lesleyanne said...

Your bag is lovely - well done.

Cindy's Stitching said...

I love ladybugs that is so cute.

Annie said...

What a great bag! You did a wonderful job. I can't imagine sewing that by hand.

And I know any number of chocoholic guys!

Melissa said...

Very cute! Love the ladybugs.

Deborah said...

Your bag looks great! I love the fabric.

Daffycat said...

*faints* I'm just shocked you stitched that without a machine! Awesome work, Blu!

Carol said...

Cute! Cute! Cute! I'm very impressed, too, that you did that by hand... love the little lady bugs and the cute button.

Farm Girl said...

You are amazing - stitching the whole thing by hand! That is dedication. LOL. It looks brilliant, ladybugs are so cute!

Shelleen said...

love your bag, you did a great job. For some reason I always think of fire breathing dragons being males. I can take or leave the chocolate but my husband LOVEs chocolate.

Rebekah said...

Cute bag! If I did it by hand, there is no way it would turn out so nice.

Meari said...

That is cute!

Janaina said...

So proud of you! And so hearing you here!I definatly know the feeling of "I stood holding my scissors and thought I can't do this".LOL. But you dd a great work on the purse, and I'm impressed you did it all w/out a sewing machine! Kudos for you!*Ü*