Thursday, 16 January 2014

The Bag Lady!

Inspired by a show on Create and Craft TV
last week I got my sewing machine out -
not something I do very often!

This is where I sew.
It's the other end of my craft room.

The lady who inspired me on the tele was

 She was selling her kits for small
bags/fabric folders and demonstrated
how easy it was to make one.

I remembered I'd bought one of her books
a while back and sure enough in it 
was the exact pattern for her bags.

They really were very easy to make, although
mine are far from perfect.

This is the first one I made and I think it's the best one.
The ric rac is very wide so shows up much more than
on the other bags where I used narrower ric rac.
I used Tim Holtz fabric for both the main and lining fabric,
as it was only 10 x 10" the finished bag is only
8" wide by 31/2" deep - so could be a pencil or
cosmetic case.
I made another again with Tim Holtz fabric.

I like the wooden buttons especially on this
fabric with the wooden ruler design on.
(The buttons came from a firm called

I then raided my fabric stash and made one
slightly larger.

 Made up, this one measures 10" wide by 6" deep.
(I've yet to add a decorative button as I couldn't
find a suitable one in my button box)
I added a strap to the side - making it a 'wristlet'.
I think this will make a good passport holder
which I'll definitely use.

Onwards and upwards - 

This is a similar size to the previous one,
just a bit deeper.  This is a cute one - not
sure what I'll use it for, or who I'll give it to yet.

Finally, I made a couple of gadget folders -
 IPad size.

Again, this is from my fabric stash, I wouldn't
necessarily have chosen this particular lining
fabric if I'd had more to chose from.

This could double up as a little cushion or pillow - lol.
I used a layer of wadding which turned out to
be far too thick - at least the IPad will be safe.

For the next one I used felt instead of wadding
which is much better (not such a comfortable
cushion though!)

Now, what else can I sew while the machine's out!!
Thanks for looking :)


Deborah said...

Fabulous! Love the alpahabet bag.

Netty said...

wow you have been busy Sherry and they are all gorgeous little bags. Hugs Annette x

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Those are great and I can think of many nifty uses for them. It's just about time I pulled out my machine and used up some fabrics that I have kicking around. Thanks for the idea!

Алексровер Анна said...

Pretty bags, Sherry! Very useful things!

Meggymay said...

Love the title of this post Sherry. All the bags look fantastic.

Jen xo said...

they all look the ric rac too

Mrs A. said...

I've got two pairs of new trousers to shorten for 'The doc' Can I bring em over!!!!!!!
These are all rather natty little cases. Love all the different materials. hugs Mrs A.

Createology said...

Your little pouches are adorable and ever so practical which is always a bonus. Sewing really is a stress reducer. Happy New Year and Creative Blessings...

JansArtyJunk said...

Wow...your a wonder whizz on sewing machine Sherry ! :)LOVE these!... especially the ruler design, must get my hands on some of the Tim Holtz fabric!!...

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

These are fabulous, Sherry, can't wait to see your next sewing project:)

Ira Huberts said...

Goodness Sherry, all of your bags are totally fabulous! You have such pretty fabrics lying around, just LOVE the ruler fabric, it's so special! Hugs, Ira x
Ira’s Crea Corner

WendyK said...

What a fantastic collection of bags Sherry, well done you.