Tuesday, 8 April 2008

I Felt It Too: Part 2

So. What’s with the felting you might ask? Well. After seeing this stunning felted jumper blanket over at The Stash Basket, I thought I would give this felting malarkey a go myself. One bargain charity shop lambs wool jumper and a hot soapy washing machine cycle later I was left with a pile of lovely jade green felt pieces and no idea what to do with them! Until inspiration struck and I decided to go down the bag making route with the fabric.

So, here it is in all it’s felty-quilted-squishy glory.

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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 ;)).

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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.

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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!).

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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:


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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.

TTFN

16 comments:

saraeden said...

Wow that bag is lovely !!!

Sara x

RachelC said...

I am just in awe at your talent Marie!

April said...

Those bags are really gorgeous - well done you

April xx

Marmadaisy said...

That felted bag is amazing! I love it, well done.

Rhea said...

I love the first bag! I was wondering what you were going to do with that sweater thing. Very nice!

trashalou said...

ha ha! cllicked on the link to see what the group was - and blow me it was my blogpage!!! Took me a few seconds to figure it out - and in the spirit of the group's executive committee - yeah and?!

Lou said...

OMG, how much do I love that bag?! It's fabulous hun! Did I mention it was birthday next month!! ;)

xx

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Great bag! And I'm so glad you were mad enough to sign up to the swap!!!

Jodie said...

That bag blows the tutorial out of the water - I love it !!!!
I am freaked by the mini quilt swap too - I'm going to have to practise.(a lot)

Monkee Maker said...

Fab bags! I love the quilting on the felted one - you'll obviously be a natural for the mini quilt swap!

:)

Working Mom Knits said...

You ROCK! You've got to make more bags, woman!

(not that I'm implying that you are a bag-woman...or that you aren't aging very well...Oh! Just get sewing!)

Lesley said...

Ooooh I love your felted bag - that quilting is gorgeous and I love the felt circles!!

Great job :)

xx

thornberry said...

Oh wow, that felted bag looks absolutely superb - I love the quilted detail and the button detail (well really, I love everything about that bag).

Susan said...

I came to your blog via the comment you left on Ric Rac. I like the bag you have reinterpreted from there! Excellent details you have added. I am about to go up to my sewing room and create my own version of Ric Rac's tutorial...

coryshay said...

I just found your blog and I'm loving all your projects but especially this bag!

Sara said...

Oh my gosh! I LOVE your quilt bag. That is so creative. I also made the ric rac bag, but I wouldn't have ever been so creative. Great job!