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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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sineadg
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?
stellanova
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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