Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A family of bags...

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Over the past few days I've managed to sew those bags that I cut out about 2 weeks ago. Did I mention that they were all cut from the same fabric?...

Actually I still have one little purse to sew but the zip I had was the wrong size and it was a metal one that I can't cut down to size. Also it required changing cotton - the others all used the same colour cotton which makes sewing in multiples very easy.

The two larger bags are both from the same pattern. This is another of Nicole Mallalieu's patterns - small tote bag. This is one of the beginners level bags and one which I hadn't taken much notice of until one day when I was browsing the patterns online. I was amazed at the variations that could be made with one pattern AND that there are hints/instructions on how to make the variations. I had also thought that it might be a bit small but I was wrong! I love this pattern!

So let me introduce you...

Small purse...

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Small tote - short version - with plastic handles. I used the medium-heavy weight interfacing that Nicole sells and added fusible wadding to give it extra body. Latest bags

Of course it also has internal pockets and a magnetic catch... And I like the red lining - no loosing things in a dark bag here...
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Small tote with flap... This one is made of a fine corduroy with the same interfacing and wadding as the one above. Only the flap is made of the fancy material which is just enough I think. Latest bags

The gold rings are just perfect too (I wanted to make an adjustable strap but I didn't check the width of the strap first and the ones I have are too wide )
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Of course it also has a pocket and the red lining!
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These are a great size to make as they are pretty quick and not overly fiddly. I'm itching to make some more!! Not sure that I'll get any more done before Christmas though.

9 comments:

CurlyPops said...

They look fabulous and I love the way that they all match without being too much the same. Just gorgeous.

jeanamarie said...

It is a really lovely set of bags, sophie! i love how they look together and the red lining is fabulous. just imagine a dull day, then reaching into your bag to pull out your lippie or something - that red would really open your eyes and make the day sparkle!!! love it :)

Sophie said...

Thanks ladies!! I really love how good they look together, but this poses a bit of a problem - I made them for gifts for 3 different people... Hmmm what to do?... Perhaps I'll just have to make some more!

mimi k said...

wow, that fabric is gorgeous! The bags look fantastic.

Nikki said...

Great results!! Love them!

I'm a big fan of the Small Tote too (even if I do say so myself!) -quick to make and super versatile.

Sue B said...

all of these bags are terrific and I really like that printed fabric you used.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful set of bags ,material and colour make you smile.Re gift giving I think you have set youself a challenge to make more.

handmaiden said...

I would find them hard to giveaway too......you have done such a great job

Jacky said...

These bags are stunning...love the asian fabrics (and that gold is gorgeous).

My first visit to your blog and I have really enjoyed your bags and the fabulous Japanese quilt.