Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A Brand New Bag

First, I would like to say thank you to everyone who left sweet comments about the loss of my Grandfather. I really appreciate it and feel so fortunate to have you all as friends.

So I've been crocheting. I shunned it for so long because most of the projects I saw were very outdated and just blah. Now there are so many new and fun patterns that I can't seem to put down my hook! I just got two new books that have great projects. Crochet for Baby is perfect for when you need a quick baby gift and MaryJane's Stitching Room is a beautiful book with fabulous crochet projects, quilted accessories and even instructions on tatting. (as if I need another hobby!) I'll surely be sharing some projects from both soon.

I wanted to use up some green cotton I had and decided to make myself a bag. I just sort of made it up as I went along and am thrilled with the end result.

I call it the Kelly Bag because it's green. I'm terribly inventive, aren't I? In my next bag I do think I'll move the draw strings down a bit so there is more of a "lip" on top but other than that I do really like it. The cotton gives it a nice weight and the bobble pattern adds the right amount of texture. And how about those tassels?

What is it about tassels that just makes things all the cuter? You will notice in the picture above a mistake I made (other than my mediocre tassel making.) I ran out of yarn half way through and was lucky to find more on EBay. Of course it was a different dye lot and you can really tell the difference. It's not the camera, the top of the bag and one of the tassels is darker. But whatever, it's my bag and I like it anyway. Want to see the best part?

Green toile lining! This is before I sewed it in, you can see the pins and where I started to stitch it in green thread. I changed to white as I didn't like the contrast. I was pretty impressed that I was able to sew a round bottom for this lining and stitch it in with pleats so it expanded with the bottom of the bag. I think I sprained my elbow patting myself on the back.

So aside from the color issue (which honestly isn't as noticeable as it is in the photos) this is one darn cute bag! I think I'll start another one and actually write down the pattern as I go so I can share with those who are interested.



Dana said...

Lovely bag! Love the green color and the lining is to die for!

Alex M said...

Love your bag -- and the toile is just the icing on the cake. Too cute!!!

Christina J. said...

Sweet! It's so pretty and I love the toile lining!

jungle dream pagoda said...

Love toile lining,and so sorry about your Grandfather.

LeeAnn said...

I almost didn't notice the dye difference. I had to go back and take a second look!

You should do a gold colored one with the money symbol "$$$" on it and call it your money bag.

Anonymous said...

Love the tassles, the shape and of course the lining! Very clever.

Mama Said Sew said...

That bag is really cute and the lining looks great!

For some reason, I missed your last post. So sorry about your grandfather.


Alice Regan said...

Love the bag...very talented lady!
Just came across your blog, love your post. Will visit again. Thought this is my first visit, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your Grandfather. It's always such a difficult thing to go through, losing someone you love!

Jennifer said...

Love your green bag and I am a huge sucker for tassels and toile.

Anonymous said...

Love the bag,you did a great job!! I love the idea for the "money bag"!!

Vallen said...

I'm so sorry about your grandfather. I'm glad you are back to crocheting. You really have a talent for it/ That green is an amazing color.

LA said...

Great color, pattern and really, girl - toile AND tassels? Divine!

LA xo

I'm patting your back, too for sewing so impressively.


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