Saturday, 17 November 2012

I do love a bag!

 Hello friends
It has been quite a long standing joke in my family about how many bags I own!
It is true that I do love a bag and I was immediately impressed with this pretty one.
My Mind's Eye have chosen to bring out a range of DIY tote bags.
I set out to buy one and see what it was like to make.

 What you get in your box is a fabric panel that is all labelled up, so you just need to cut out along the lines.
It is good quality and such a pretty design.
 You also receive a flower embellishment, crystal brad and pin.
(I chose to go my own design way with this part of the design....all will be revealed!)
 Handles cut out, I just cut the labels out too so I knew what was what.
 I'm a very lazy sewing person - I never tack, always a row of pins for me!
 My trusty little Elna sewing machine that I received when I was a teenager!
 It really was very simple to make, all the instructions are on the inside of the box cover.
It was always stitching straight lines so perfect for any sewing ability.
When it came to that flower, I decided it needed a Spellbinders touch.
Yes, it is the flower I featured the other day!  I used Blossoms Two with fabric and felt, still kept the circular cream flower provided and the crystal brad.
So, how long did it take to make??
Well it took 1.5 Christmas films!  I subscribe to Virgin Media and they've devoted a whole channel
to Christmas films.  They are all very fanciful, a little bit silly but warming to watch.
If you feel like a nice easy sewing project I do have these bags available in my Amazon Shop,
they are available in blue, red and pink - decisions decisions!
As I was making mine I thought it would be a lovely gift but...yes you've guessed it...
I can't part with it now! 
 I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend.
Take care friends.


Rosie said...

That is so effective and simple. Love the Spellbinders touch!

scottish crafter said...

What a lovely present to give to a crafty friend or yourself. I would love to receive one. Just love your personal touch with the flower.

Wilma x x

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine. What a lovely idea. I have just the "mad about sewing" person in mind for this present.

Love the Spellbinders flower.

Have a lovely weekend.

Val in Spain xxx

nmty said...

hi christine, brilliant bag, definately a great present idea.

enjoy your weekend.
lc norma

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine.
A really lovely bag,it would make a lovely present but like you would I part with it ,I would have to give it away in kit form. Your flower really sets it off.
Will go over now and look in your shop.
Have a nice weekend , Take care. x.

Bea said...

hi Christine - what a lovely bag and as others have said would make a great gift as it could be personalised

hazel said...

Wow Christine love these kits as i do make bags from scratch. Love the fabric in this kit and that gorgeous cream waffle sort of fabric on the flower. Stunning. don't think i would have given it away either lol xx hazel

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, What a beautiful bag, it looks gorgeous, and the flower finishes it off beautifully (now we know where the flower ended up).
I am sat here at the moment with the Christmas 24 films on, I love them, every year we watch them. I know they are fantasy, but they are what I would like life to be ha ha !! I always cry at the 'doggie' films.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine, so nice and cheerful is this , very pretty indeed.

Have a nice weekend

Elaine H X

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Very pretty and as you say would make a gift for a crafty friend, flower looks just right.
Have a good day.

Redanne said...

Hi Christine, love the bag and your flower looks really beautiful on it. Crafty hugs, Anne x

Sue Yorkshire said...

Hello Christine, what a fabulous bag. I too love bags and have loads now! The cupboards are overflowing.

I too am a lazy sewer and only tack when it's a tricky bit.

Here is a little tip for you, when you use pins put them across the seam/hem instead of along the length then the machine stitches over them and you don't have to remove them as you sew. It doesn't harm the needle in your machine.


Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, lovely bag and love your added extra as it personalises the bag. I can't sew at all, mums finally given up trying to teach me, i know how to do it but for some reason i just can't do it - oh well can't be brilliant at everything!! Enjoy your weekend. Emma

baconbits said...

Morning Christine,
What a lovely bag - i love the twist on the flower just because its in the packet does not mean you have to use it.
This would make an amazing gift bag - filled woth chocolate i think.
Have a great weekend
Amanda x

Craftychris said...

What a gorgeous bag and I love the addition of your own custom flower, it makes it more unique. I would not have been able to part with it either! xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Christine,
a beautiful bag. I too would love to receive one of these from a crafty friend.
Have a wonderful crafty day.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Janice said...

Hi Christine
I don't know anyone who doesn't like a bag or two!! This one is lovely, good to see where your flower ended up, really sets the bag off.
Have a nice day.
Janice x

Lesley Thomas said...

Pretty bag, half the secret is in the print.

Carole Z said...

Gorgeous bag, brilliant present idea! Carole Z X

Planetsusie said...

This is really lovely Christine - such a good idea for a present - you could put some choccy in as a bonus - wahey one happy crafter/seamstress!

Big hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Teresa said...

Hi Christine,
i hope all is good with you and love this new bag you made! It is just beautiful :)

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