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As I announced the other day, I have been in a state of bag-making frenzy recently. Here is but one of my many creations, fashioned for none other than jane_the_23rd. It's made out of gingham oilcloth overlaid with clear oilcloth decorated with cherries. Luckily, I took the photo with my phone so you can't see the wonky stitching, heh heh.Also, I made the gusset (urgh) too wide so the bag is now a rather odd tube-like shape (although it's actually symmetrical - it's just sort of squashed down in the photo). But still, you can carry stuff around in it, and that's what counts. Ta-da!

Note the Nivea Factor 20 sitting next to my mug of tea! It really was sunny yesterday afternoon.


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May. 11th, 2006 11:44 am (UTC)
Oh! So CUTE! Well done! I am returning to the trimmings shop this afternoon because I decided my bag needs lining and a clasp. Crafting = CRACK COCAINE.
May. 11th, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)
If you wait until tomorrow I'll go with you! I need more of the strap stuff and I want to buy some satin bias binding. MORE CRAFTY CRACK!
May. 11th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
OK! We could meet there and then go up to the gallery? MORE CRACK MORE OF THE TIME!
May. 11th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's gorgeous! And so very Anna-ish. Though Jane clearly doesn't need a bag as she has that beautiful red leather one.
May. 11th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
Precisely! I think Jane needs to clone her bag so we can all have one just like it!

(This comment brought to you by my sudden horrified realisation of how many pairs of red shoes I have).
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May. 11th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And yes, it truly is addictive...
May. 11th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
I like making these sassy little lined bags. Once you have the method down, you can do all sorts of playing with shape.
May. 11th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
It's a super bag in the flesh as well as in a photo!
May. 11th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
Wow, such a cute bag! And you made it!
May. 11th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
Hee, I know! I am feeling stupidly proud. Thanks!
May. 11th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
:cough: I don't suppose you're taking commissions? I be likin that kinda stuff.
May. 12th, 2006 10:00 am (UTC)
You're making me pine for my craft days. Up until a couple of years ago, I used to make lots of bits and pieces (generally avoidind sewing of any kind, as I'm terrible at it). I used to make really elaborate cards and would get genuinely excited in the Woollen Mills, Hickeys and that lovely ribbon shop near the Westbury mall.

Anna, you HAVE to see the bags (made from books!) by Rebound Designs (the site seems to be down at the moment, but you can see one of them here).

Your bags are really lovely - are they hard to make?
May. 12th, 2006 10:13 am (UTC)
Thanks! They're pretty easy to make, apart from the matching-the-clear-oilcloth-to-the-cotton part. The oil cloth is slippery and sort of sticks together, which makes sewing it to the cotton quite difficult. Once that's done, though, the rest is easy. Basically you fold over the fabric, right side together, and cut squares out of the bottom corners. Then you sew along the side,s flatten out the corner holes and sew them shut to make the flat base. Then all that's left is to turn it right side out, hem it, and sew on the handles. The whole thing takes less than an hour - and way less if you do it with one fabric rather than layering two. Of course, it would take about ten times longer if I didn't have a sewing machine.

You should start crafting again! I used to make all my own cards for years (collages which always used a lot of newsprint and staples, for some reason) but I too have got out of the habit. I'm making up for it with my bag mania, though. [Unknown LJ tag] and I will be making a visit to the Woollen Mills today and I expect to come out laden with trimmings....
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