This giveaway is now closed. The winner will be announced Wednesday September 21st. Thank you for participating!
This week Show & Tell is all for little girls, because… it’s so much fun to sew for them Lately Eliza has really gotten into packing her purse to take to church. She has a small selection of little bags that she loads with a handful of small toys. I thought a handmade church bag would be a nice little project.
Naturally I couldn’t just make one. I made 4. I’m just built that way. It actually makes sense on a practical level, it only takes a little more time/effort to make 4 as it does to make 1. Also making four gives me the chance to perfect the pattern and I get play around with 4 designs instead of just one. Plus I tend to do things obsessively. When I find a album I like, I will listen to it non-stop until I know every.single.word.
This little pattern is just a simple lined tote with handles. I took it up a notch by using braided handles and adding little touches to the outside.
It’s about the size of a sheet of paper. In fact I used a standard size sheet of paper for the pattern.
I also added pockets to the inside for putting important little girl things like, stickers, lip balm, and crayons. The green floral bag has a crayon pocket but the rest of them have a single large pocket in the inside.
I made the green bag for Eliza.
I used a little wonder-under and silk ribbon to personalize her bag.
There’s a small bird with hand stitching around it on the other side of the bag. So far Eliza likes all of the bags except the one I made especially for her .
The solid colored bags are made from Joanne’s “linen look-alike” fabric. It feels and looks just like linen but it’s a blend which means it can be washed; which is important when it comes to kiddos.
I really like the look of this sweet bag. I used the natural colored linen and added a variety of cream and soft pink trims to the outside.
For the floral I wanted to keep the embellishments very simple. One cotton knit rosette in the bottom corner and…
… some crisp white trim at the top.
This mustard linen was a favorite too. Very simple. I like simple.
Since I made four of these little bags and I have no use for all of them, I thought I would give one away. Of course a Sunday-go-to-meetin’ Bag wouldn’t be complete without some trinkets to put inside.
If your name is drawn for the giveaway you may choose any of the totes except the solid green bag (that one is Eliza’s, whether she likes it or not). If you want to be entered into the drawing just leave a friendly comment on this post. Now here’s were I ask you for a favor. I was hoping to get some feedback from all my lovely readers about the bags. I’m thinking about making some more to sell, and I was wondering which design you liked the best? Are the color combinations working? What do you think would be a reasonable price to charge for a handmade bag? Your input would be greatly appreciated! The giveaway will be closed Monday September 19th.
If you would be interested in step-by-step directions for the Sunday-go-to-meetin’ Bag please let me know. I would be happy to write up a comprehensive tutorial. It’s a very basic pattern that can be adapted to different uses, sizes, and looks.
Thanks for stopping in again! Take some time this week to enjoy yourself ~April