I don't often buy patterns anymore (at least for bags) because I usually draft my own but I recently fancied this bag pattern which she produced. How could I not when it is inspired by my beloved Miss (Jane) Marple? I have to say though, I haven't yet spotted Miss Marple with her calico shopping bags, I always see her with her trusty basket. I am happy, though, to imagine Miss Marple with such a shopping bag.
And so, on Friday, I decided to make one for myself, what a treat! Umm, what fabric to choose? There's quite a stash to choose from, as you know. My bag ended up being a fusion of some Sandi Henderson greeny coloured star fabric with some pretty cottons from my trusty local sewing shop. I had bought loads of the white tulip patterned fabric intending to make a dress so I have very naughtily chopped into it for this bag. But you know how it is, when inspiration strikes, no other combination will do. So, Miss Marple's market bag came along to the West Country this weekend for a spot of shopping.
It took me a few hours to make the first bag on Friday. Yes, you heard correctly, first. I had the bug and decided I wanted to make some more. Ah ha! They would make great end-of-year thank you presents for the Munchkin's teachers, I thought. Any excuse to faff with more fabric...
I had such a lovely time admiring them in various spots around the cottage and village whilst Mr HH and the Munchkin played cricket. The neighbours must have thought I was quite mad!
Hmm, but don't they look nice together as a little trio. Like they were made to be together...
Very much liking this one below, which surprised me because the main (side panel) fabric was one I had bought over the internet a while back and once it arrived, I was not that taken with it, to be honest. But here, teamed with the multi-coloured stars, it has come alive. Errm yes, I like this one. Very much.
I'm rather partial to this peppermint stripey number too.
Off to market then?
Well, the jury is still out on the two bags intended as gifts. I know, I know, I must be good and hand them over. I did however, pop along to Bridport with my own market bag. It came back with goodies inside, oh yes indeedy.
Loving these vintage barkcloth curtains. I know, how about making a market bag with them?!
A few other bits went in too (very important to test out the strength and capacity of the bag, obviously).
I love the Rosehip recycled paper notebooks, wrapping paper and cards. I hadn't seen these little mini notebooks before. I couldn't choose which of the four I wanted. "They would make great presents", I thought, and so into the market bag went all four. Trouble is, I'd have to actually choose which to keep and which to give away, wouldn't I? Seems wrong to separate them, now I think about it...
Ah, all too soon it was time to leave lovely wondrous Wessex.
We did manage to dodge the rain showers to fit in a spot of fruit picking yesterday so my day is pretty much mapped out, today...
My cupboards are overflowing with yummy jam so I thought I'd snaffle the last of the weekend's croissants and try out the bit of raspberry jam that wouldn't fit into the jar when I made the last batch. Ummm, heaven.
Remember the den makeover and the new (sale buy) Laura Ashley baskets? Hmm, didn't take him long...
And of course, Charlie-Boy just happened to choose the one which stores all the lovely, soft, spongey, cosy, fleecey wadding! This is why I love cats. You meander through life, pretty happy with your lot, thinking you're doing just rather fine and along comes a cat... to remind you they are oh so much smarter than you are!
Hello again! Just to say, thanks very much for all the bag love. I'm afraid I won't be able to sell any as the pattern is marked "for personal use only". Sorry about that. I will be making some tote bags, as I have before, featuring a couple of funky fabric prints with a front pocket. You know how it is, when time allows...!