Bag Wild

I am going wild with bag-making right now. Check out this trio, below (it was a quartet, but one made it out the door before I snapped a pic of it). Organic cotton canvas, and that ladybug fabric is a handprinted bit of luxury that I found at Nido in Burlington, Vermont. Her shop is a little slice of fabric heaven, full of bolts and cuts of beautiful fabric, and plenty of space to step back and admire her artful displays. She puts together fun packets of trimmings, and I nearly always pick one (or two!) up when I stop in.

I decided to quickly sew up these little drawstring bags when I heard some mama friends lamenting the lack of a perfect bag for a few crayons or toys to keep kids entertained in the car, or waiting at the doctor's office, or the like. Our preschool just finished, and I got these done in time to share around as little thank you presents for moms and children.
I tried a couple of different (free) tutorials from the Sew Mama Sew website. It's always fun to see how different people approach the same project. I had never made French seams before, and one of the tutorials featured them. Probably not needed on a drawstring bag, but a nice technique to get comfortable with in a no-pressure sewing situation.

Some of the drawstring bags and two of the totes are available for sale. Send me a message if you're interested in buying one, or if you want a custom bag, doll, or pillow made up. Happy summer!


Bright Bag

A bright bag to show you on a bit of a dark day. Two new techniques for me in this bag, the magnetic snap and the slider on the strap. Neither of which was difficult, but it is fun to add something to a bag to make it even more useful.

Much as I like to make things just because they are pretty and it is nice to finish something, I like even more to create something that is beautiful and meant to be used.

The inside of this bag is like a party.

This one is spoken for (and not by the cat, despite what he might think), but let me know if you want one for yourself, or a gift for a friend. I have some others in the works!
Local friends, join me this weekend in Post Mills as I help Revels North prepare breakfast for the early risers at the Balloon Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Balloons launch between 6–8 am, but reveling of all kinds (offical and non-official!) goes on all morning. Admission to the event is free. Breakfast is $8 adults/$5 kids/free for little kids.
A lot in the works right now, so I’ll share more soon!