Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Bag Lady

Hello readers!  It seems I am finding more time to blog whilst on holiday, usually when I am awake early before anyone else stirs.  I like to make the most of these few hours to myself and today, I'd like to show you one of my recent makes.

So last week, with the annual pilgrimage to the Festival of Quilts on the horizon, packing and sorting for a week away thereafter and well, just lots to do, I had the urge to spend a day sewing something completely new.  Does this happen to you?  Inconvenient, isn't it, but very enjoyable and a tad indulgent all the same.  I'd created a new display on my inspirational "Bagpuss table" (sorry, I forgot to take a pic before I left), and the fabrics I'd brought together on there were calling to me.  I'd been collecting them a while.  Truth be told, they're not the colour palette I usually work with but I loved them just the same.  Whenever I think of 1940's style, this colour palette always comes to mind.  (I did fiddle around with this selection, and discard a few I felt weren't working, before I started.)


I was hankering after a new bag.  I've always loved the patchwork bag I made a few years ago and had been meaning to make myself another.  You can never have too many bags, right?  So I began cutting squares of these gorgeous vintage fabrics.  I also wanted to incorporate some bits of vintage embroidery, as I had with my other bag, and so I rooted in my "cutters" drawer.  I found one cloth with a complimentary colour scheme which already had a nice ivory coloured background.  The other cloth I found, which was damaged and thereby suitable for chopping, had a white background which I felt would look too stark.  So I hacked a section off.  A large bowl and some tea bags and hot water later saw me doing this...


Yes, tea dying the vintage cloth.  It came out looking great after about half an hour's soak and a quick rinse and dry in the sun.

Time to get patchworking.  Arranging the fabrics and piecing them together is my favourite bit.


I didn't want to waste pretty and costly vintage fabric on the base so I decided to make this as a separate piece and used corduroy as I know from experience that this area needs to be made from something hard wearing and not too easy to get dirty.  I also felt it was sort of utilitarian enough to go with the '40's vibe, too and finally, and importantly, it was available there and then from The Stash.


It wasn't too long before it began to take shape.  


I wanted to add some purchased handles and managed to find what I wanted at The Festival of Quilts on Thursday.  Guess what I did in my hotel room on Thursday night before the boys arrived to join me?

I used a pretty vintage feedsack for the lining.


So by Friday morning, my bags were ready to shop, shop, shop!


Here in Derbyshire, we're enjoying some lovely moochy days around the Peak District.  We enjoyed market day in Bakewell and a wander around its pretty streets.


We went to Monsal Head for a gigantic Sunday lunch (the portions up here are amazing!) but more importantly, to savour the breathtaking view.


To accompany a little late afternoon crafty time, there has been this, of course...


And time to look at that new bag.


I decided a handmade posy would be a good finishing touch.


Just so you know, my bag goes well with the vintage wardrobe!


There are often stalls at the 1940's events where you can purchase vintage clothes and the like, so it's nice not to have to ruin your carefully planned outfit with a modern carrier bag!


 Thanks for reading. Xxx


53 comments:

  1. Hen, your bag is amazing!!!
    How is it that your posts make it all look so easy!!!!
    I love your choice of fabrics, I guess that comes with having a small stash!!!!! available to hand, lol!!!!
    The handles are just perfect for the bag,
    your posy is beautiful, and as for your dress, so pretty, I love it all!!
    Love Linda O xxx

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  2. That lovely new bag is perfect for a little vintage shopping. I'm glad to see you had a yummy Bakewell tart, couldn't very well visit Bakewell without one, could you? Thank you for posting all those nice photos, they brought back many happy memories for me. :)

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  3. What lovely patch work bags. I especially like the collage of felt flowers you used to decorate the bags...xx

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  4. great post hen...love the bag and your holiday snaps....did you do the old railway tunnel walk?

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  5. Looks great, Hen.

    I can see another workshop at Stag and Bow looming...

    Penny
    x

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  6. Lovely everything ! It would have taken me months to attempt the bag !
    Love Sue x

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  7. It's so beautiful! You did a great job with it. You really make it look easy, especially knowing you made it in the hotel! Who sews in a hotel room? Hen does! :)

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  8. Simply beautiful!

    Love Claire xx

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  9. Another,triumph,Hen.I love the slightly muted colours and the pretty felt flowers that you've made.So clever.Hope all is well.X

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  10. I have the same worries when blogging from my ipad. Somehow the pictures are never cantered properly..grrrrrrr!
    Enjoy the bake well tarts, I love them!

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  11. You are so talented! Your new bag looks wonderful <3 I love your vacation pictures. Thank you for sharing with us. I really liked the "old-fashioned" village you visited with the WWII weekend going on. Keep enjoying yourself :)
    Smiles, DianeM

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  12. I do like that burnt orange/green combo in those fabrics.Have a great time in Derbyshire!x

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  13. Wow love your bag........ fantastic way to use your favourite fabrics as you can admire them now everywhere you go! Love that area of the world - looks like you are having a fabulous holiday...... enjoyed your quilt porn pics from the festival! X

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  14. Hen, rest assured, the photo quality in this post is just fine.

    Isn't tea-dying a great technique to organize some harmony amongst disparate fabrics. Your results are lovely, and the patchwork bags turned out so very well.

    xo

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  15. Oh your bags are just beautiful! I love the little posy. It's perfect and your dress was adorable!the Peak District looks beautiful. I would love to visit there one day!
    xo jan

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  16. The bag goes lovely with your dress and I love your choice of fabrics, Lucey x

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  17. A beautiful and sweet new bag!! Love all the gorgeous prints and the handles!! xo Heather

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  18. That is totally gorgeous and compliments your lovely outfit perfectly.

    You'd pay good money for a bag as well made as that anywhere, you've gotten very professional in your sewing skills over the past couple of years, well done.

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  19. The bag's great, just right for a vintage weekend or the festival of quilts :)

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  20. Fabulous new bag, great dress and all round pretty post.
    Lisa x

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  21. A beautiful bag & it goes so well with you outfit! xx

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  22. Gosh, I would never manage to be that industrious on holiday! The bag is lovely as is your gorgeous dress. M x

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  23. Hi There, Good Golly Mrs Hen!!!!You really made that in your hotel room??!!!Amazing!!!!!Well done, it's stunning!!!!Have a fab week!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  24. Super bag. You're right you can never have too many and yours is clearly made for that lovely dress.
    Have a wonderful rest of holiday, Ellie x

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  25. Love the bags, the handles look great. Loving the pics of the peak district.

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  26. The bag's so pretty. What is it about going away that makes us want to create? I too have an urge to sew just before I go away and usually end up making a bag. Love the photo of you in your floral frock, with floral phone and floral patchwork bag! x

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  27. love it. I think I might have to make one now yours looks so great

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  28. The new bag is gorgeous, love it. You are so talented!

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  29. Hello,

    Each time I come here it's just like a dream.
    I love your work, the fabrics you choose...
    Thanks a lot to make me dream
    Zaza

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  30. What a fab bag, the colours are just so right.
    Really enjoy reading your blog. The photo's are great.
    Well done mr Ipad

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  31. That bag is too cute! I need to make one for myself.

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  32. It all looks mighty fine to me Hen. Long time since I have been to Bakewell, have some lovely memories of times spent there. The bag looks fab and the posy is the perfect accompaniment.

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  33. Hi Hen I loved your post, adore your bags and have started one myself from Helen Philipps book. Hope you don't mind but I am going to borrow your idea hand attach one of your lovely brooches to my bag. I do use brooches on bags but not yours as they are special but I might just put one on my new patchwork bag. Derbyshire is lovely and I am very partial to Bakewell Tart, well any cake actually! Thanks for a super post as always
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxx

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  34. Goodness Hen, your talent never fails to stun me. I completely ADORE your new bags - such fab choices of material and accessories. And the picture of you in your 40's garb - you look stunning!! Well done you - and thanks for sharing - even while you are on holiday!! Enjoy! J9x

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  35. I do love your bag, and to make it on holiday as well, I'm really impressed. Your posts are definitely still up to the very high standard that we have come to enjoy, and are as entertaining as ever.

    Did you use a pattern for the bag? How did you work out the sloping sides, if not? I think the handles look perfect. Fabric ones are nice, but the leather ones look very special, but they are quite expensive to source on the net.

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  36. Love the bags, Hen. You've done a brilliant job, and in super quick time, too. The fabric choices are perfect, and I love the trim on both bags, so cute.

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  37. Your bag is gorgeous, congratulations. Enjoy the rest of your holiday

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  38. Love your bags!!!! I absolutely have to make one for myself!!!!!

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  39. I love your bag! I enjoy reading your blog - such interesting posts and lovely photography.

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  40. Your bags are lovely and ideal for a vintage day out; they certainly complement your outfit. By the way, thank you for your kind comment on my recent post and I can definitely recommend a visit to Bletchley Park, Munchkin will be fascinated by it all.

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  41. Hen, I just love your bag...and I'm happy you're having such a great time! :) x

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  42. That bag is absolutely beautiful. I've never patch-worked but I'm hoping you'll be doing a workshop for that as I'd definitely put my name down (although I think it would be at least a 3 day course!) x

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  43. What a beautiful bag. I'd LOVE one just like it - any chance you'll be stocking your shop, Hen?!?
    I agree with you about those quiet hours before anyone else is up, definitely the most productive of the day!
    Jo x

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  44. Oh my word - how clever - it's beautiful! :)

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  45. Love, love, love the beautiful bag so much, especially with posy!

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  46. How beautiful. I love that chintz look . Something about all those dots of colour (your lupin pic on the right sidebar also appeals to me for similar reasons). If you haven't had a bakewell PUDDING try to make time for it, they're soooo yummy (the real ones) even nicer than the tarts!

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  47. I just wanted to say that I found your blog via Pinterest and I absolutely love it! I've now spent the last hour reading past posts. I am an avid craft addict! I love to sew, quilt, scrapbook, and bead. Plus a ton of other stuff that involves yarn. Lol I also love everything about the 40s. An era I so wish I was born in. I will be happily looking forward to more of your posts and your beautiful creations.

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  48. what a lovely bag - it does look smashing with your dress too. Those bakewell tarts look delicious!

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  49. Hi Hen, I have been gone camping for 11 days and am trying to catch up on my favorite blogs.. I love your new bag, and you're so right, you simply cannot have too many. I put up a lot of photos of our pretty lake, I do hope you have a chance to pop over and see. I also loved the post before this one with all the vintage images.. wonderful! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  50. Pretty pretty. Lovely work.

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