I actually started this project before Christmas and it was somewhat sidelined with essential festive cushion making, truffle making, gingerbread making etc etc, you know how it is. I started on it again the other day, when I posted a little sneak peek of it, but unfortunately my sewing machine went a bit dodgy on me and had to go to the sewing machine hospital so that was that, until I picked the machine up again today. It seems to be behaving itself, so far... (am shooting it daggers at this moment.)
This bag is made from a pattern in Anna Maria Horner's book Seams to Me (book review here), named "The Taxi Tote".
This is the first project I've attempted from this book, largely because, as if the book is not fabby enough, a browse of Anna Maria's blog revealed that she had given it a patchworky twist. She had used the hexagonal pattern piece that comes with the ball pattern in the book to make a hexagonal patchworked fabric piece for the front of the bag.
Well, that was it! I always love fabric which has big modern flowery prints on it so the chance to make a bag based on the absolute best bits of the same was too much temptation to resist. I have only ever made myself a couple of bags, despite having made loads for other people. I've still been using the one I made to take on holiday last April. I'm sure it was very suitable for the Tropics, possibly not so for gloomy freezing South London in January! Anyway, I spent ages dallying over cutting out flower hexagons. It is, unfortunately, quite a wasteful way to treat fabric because you are only cutting out the floral motif which tends to be centred on the fabric, but hey ho! I found sewing the hexagons together by machine pretty damned difficult (and I won't be doing it again!) I think hexagon patchworks are usually worked by hand and now I know why!
Anyway, I imagine somewhat like childbirth (just not so painful), that hexagon-y bit is but a distant memory now and I am loving my new bag...
I took it with me to pick the Munchkin up from school, he looked at it and said "Wow, that's fabulous, I wish I could have one!" Now, I was touched he liked it so much but really, does this strike you as suitable for a seven year-old boy? Hmm! I have added a crochet flower to the front. Let's face it, there's not a lot I don't add a crocheted flower to these days!
Inside, my bag has a delicious pink polka dot lining (Tanya Whelan's Grand Revival range) and I have made the pockets to fit my little bits and pieces, with a pocket sized just right for my 'phone, pens etc. I also attached a clip on the end of a length of ribbon so that I can clip my keys onto it as I forever seem to be scrabbling in the bottom of my bag looking for keys. The ribbon is long enough that the keys will reach to open the front door without me having to unclip them.