So, here it is in all it’s felty-quilted-squishy glory.
The back is quilted with a circle pattern to match the front (well, actually, the front was quilted to match the back because it needed something to tie the two pieces together (creatively speaking, not literally, that’d be the sewing machine’s job ;)).
The detail on the front was done using pre-made felt cut into circles (after having drawn round a bizarre range of household and crafty items to get the right sizes), bonded to the bag with some bondaweb (fantastic stuff, took me right back to GCSE Textiles lessons), with buttons and hand stitching with embroidery thread to embellish.
The inside is lined with gorgeously soft brushed cotton (which I’ve been harbouring in my stash for ages), with an inside pocket and closed with a snap fastener (my last snap fastener in fact, I must get onto Etsy for some more!).
Some nice big pink buttons to finish the strap and it’s all done.
The body of the bag was made from the front and back of the jumper. The pocket was made from one side of the top of the front (where the v neck was) and the strap was made from the sleeves. Recycling at its very best!
I made this using Jodie’s fabulous One Hour Bag Tutorial over at her Ric Rac blog. Not because I’ve never made bags before, I have. It’s just been a good long while since I made anything baggy. Well, except for my arse, but that was a whole different kind of creative process involving cooking and popping out two small people, and was a hell of a lot more hard work. ;) The last time I made bags was these two:
These were made way back when Gracie was a teeny tiny person and I was on maternity leave. Being that it’d been such a long while I didn’t trust my baby-addled nappy brain to cope with the whole inside/outside/rightside/wrongside/turning out process that is bag making, so I thought a tutorial was a nice way to easy myself back in.
That said, it was supposed to be so it would be an easy process, which it would have been, had I not decided on the embellishments, and then the quilting, which turned an easy bag into a not so easy bag. I think it turned out okay though. There’s hope for my mummy brain yet!
Now I have to confess that in a moment of totally crazy, blog hopping madness, I have signed up for Lucy Locket’s “Mini Quilt Swap”. What was I thinking??? The bloggers that sign up for Lucy’s swaps make such gorgeous, amazing creations! I only hope I can do it justice. I need to get my thinking cap on. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s working very well. It probably needs to go in for a service or something. Hopefully we can get it up and running before the deadline! ;)
Right then. That’s it from me. Off to get some work done.