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In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of the latest sewing project I just finished;

New tote bag for knitting kit

New tote bag for knitting kit

 

Now I seem to have been bitten by the knitting bug, I thought it would be nice to have a knitting bag, rather than a Really Useful box that I had been using for my yarn, especially for the longer needles!

This bag started from the fabric produce bag  instructions on Daisy Janie’s Blog. It evolved as I went on, and this is the second generation. I altered the order in which I created the seams to give a neater finish to the top edge. My fabric is upholstery weight so was too bulky for the shorter second handle, so I cut extra fabric to create the second handle. When I’ve had more practice it would be nice to add a pocket to the front for my notebook of instructions, and a ribbon to hold my needles to the inside. But this is a very nice compact bag to have just by the chair and not too bulky to carry around.

The small size also stops me filling the bag with everything I own relating to knitting, which I simply do not need next to me for the project in hand and would otherwise clutter up the bag! (You can tell I’m a new knitter eh, bet you get more and more stash and give up this neat freak thinking as you go along ;) )

When I get to grips with interfacing I’d love to try to make a Bagsket, as seen on Foofangle’s excellent tutorial, now this looks a great way to stop your ball of yarn disappearing across the room. But that is a project for much further down the line, when I stop buying other craft stash and have some funds left for buying fabric. ;)

The little tag features Zig Calligraphy markers, highlighted with Wink of Stella pens. I’m making one of these for MIL for a Mothers Day gift and wanted to practice the lettering.

There are some truly superb tutorials for sewing projects around blog land. I’ve collected some useful sites together at the top of the blog, under the tab marked ‘Textiles’. Just a few to get you started. If you have favorites you’d like to share, let me know and I’ll check em out :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Tote Bag number 3

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In today’s post I’d like to share my latest tote bag

Tote Bag #3

Tote Bag #3

This one was inspired by the shopper tutorial in Kate Haxell’s book Me and My Sewing Machine. Her design was for a shopper, I just fiddled with the measurements to create a smaller version. This was made from off cuts of fabric :) I really like the contrast fabric just inside the top, it makes for a really neat finish.

My next challenge is to get to grips with button holes so I can start to add some form of closures to the bags. I’ve been reading up with Lisa Lam’s Bag Making Bible book, need a lot more practice but I managed my first pocket the other day!  I also cut some zips out of my old clothes so I can try to get to grips with zips!!!! Yikes!!!!! Definately outside my comfort zone now!!!

Got some great paper craft tutorials planned for the next couple of months. Hope to get some videos done too, if the light is good enough!

Do let me know what you think of my bag :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to share a picture of my second tote bag; 

Lilac Tote Bag

Lilac Tote Bag

This one is in a pretty lilac fabric. I went a stage further with this one and added a lining. 

Tote bag lining

Tote bag lining

Got in a bit of a pickle with the lining and had to unpick it and re-insert it the right way out DOH. Really pleased with the finished result though. 

My box stitching is improving…a bit 

Close up of box stitch, securing the handles.

Close up of box stitch, securing the handles.

What do you think? 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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This is still a paper crafting blog HONEST!!! More paper crafting will appear very soon. 

In the meantime I would like to share a picture of my first Tote bag. 

First Tote Bag

My First Tote Bag

This was created from off cuts from a pair of curtains ;) Now that’s what I call recycling! I followed a blend of instructions between Debbie Shaw’s Sew What DVD and Sew What Bags ;) the box stitch to secure the handles was described in the Sew What Bags book and looks robust. 

The great thing about making your own bag especially like this, without a pattern, is that you have complete control of the design. I wanted nice wide straps for the handles, so they didn’t dig into my shoulder. The handle length suits me just right. I didn’t have any blue cotton at the time, so the white thread wasn’t ideal. To be honest this was just a practice bag, to learn the techniques, but it turned out much better than I expected. 

Maybe a series of these will become gifts for family and friends in later years, once I’ve had more practice. 

What do you think? 

Will get some paper crafting back on here real soon! 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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