Thursday, February 17, 2011

Just call me "The Bag Lady!"

So I have shown you many different bags that I have made or dolled up but truly none of those are really the 'perfect bag" and by that I mean just the right size with the right amount of pockets and handle that is just the right length. Browsing at the quilt shop gave me the idea of how to solve that problem. Now I am NOT a quilter and I am NOT a great seamstress but I can use a machine and sew a somewhat straight line.
I just looovvveeee batik fabrics
Don't look to closely because all the seams don't match up perfectly but that is ok by me.
I added some circles to the squares and did some fancy stitching.
Tic tac toe anyone?
I'll let you in on a little secret. If you make a plan to NOT sew straight lines then you don't have any mistakes.

The inside is lined with a light fabric so it's easier to find things in it, pockets contrast so you can find them easily as well
Another tip. Take this plastic stuff (you find it at the craft store) and cut a piece to fit in the bottom of your bag to keep it shaped nicely with a flat bottom.
Cover the plastic with fabric and put in the bottom of your bag.
And there you have it... better than a Vera Bradley, because it is custom made for my needs!

14 comments:

Mrs. Means @ Our Thrifty Life said...

That is so cute! I love it. I love the circles you sewed on too and the uneven stitching adds to the effect. I've got to try something like this. Can't seem to get started! Just do it I guess.

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Darling--I love it when there are imperfections. It shows that it's handmade! And I love the name of your blog. So cute.

Scatter said...

I've been on a life long search for the perfect bag too!! This is gorgeous! ^5 How did you collect so many beautiful fabrics?

Give Back Today said...

I love it! Good Job! Melanie givebacktoday.blogspot.com

Sherringa said...

Sweeet Bag! You amaze me!

Kristen said...

I love it! I want to try one now. Too bad I don't have all that cute bright fabric.

abeachcottage said...

Love the bag, so colorful and full of life! It being a handmade bag makes it even more special and one of a kind! Great job.

tales from an oc cottage said...

Too fun!

m ^..^

Tiff said...

Cute bag! Just the right size and I love all the pockets~!

Jamie said...

I love the tye dye look. What a great looking bag. I'm your newest follower. I'm having my 1st link party tomorrow (Monday) it would be great if you would stop by and add your project. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

thefairygardenerquiltstoo said...

Hey I like the idea of using the plastic canvas for the bag botton. That's a much less expensive alternative than purchasing a specialty board bottom.

Love the colors in your bag. Great ideas.

freckled laundry said...

Beautiful! We have a local shop with the prettiest Batik fabrics. Yum. Thank you for sharing with air your laundry Friday!

Jennifer said...

Love everything about it- the fabrics, the lining fabric, the embellishments. I featured you today on my bag round up :)

http://sunshineandchaucer.blogspot.com/2011/02/bag-round-up.html

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

love your bag! I hate sewing!

gail
ps featuring this post in my highlights this week.

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