It's fair to say I made a marvellous haul of vintage goodness in the West Country last weekend. Hurrah!
In the back of my mind for a while, I've wanted to make these little pouchy bags. When we were away in Derbyshire over the Summer holidays, I bought this little vintage bag at a car boot sale for £1. The fabric looks earlier than 1940's to me but certainly emanates from the period in time to which I am partial.
This is a very simple design. It is made as one flat piece then the edge are merely folded up and stitched in place. I rather like my seams all to be enclosed so I knew I wanted to vary the construction of this somewhat.
I also acquired some time back, a lovely little felt posy for my collection. I used it as the basis of inspiration for my rosy posy brooch which has been beloved of so many of you. Why, thank you! It stuck me that a perfect marriage could be made with these two items.
Bags were one of the first things I started making when I really got into sewing, so it was a simple matter to draft the pattern with the aid of some freezer paper. I went for more of a curvy look for my pouchy bag.
I had fun choosing the fabrics, some from my stash, some from those delightful little packets, but I had a hard time cutting into some of them, especially that divine American cotton with the red roses and blue circles! But I really think things should be used, no point gathering dust on a shelf, is there? The fabrics have a real international flavour. Other than the American feedsack-style cotton, the pastel pink and green fabrics are definitely French and the rosy one with the cream background is Eastern European, maybe Hungarian.
I also enjoyed choosing a complimentary lining for each one.
I wasn't done yet though because as I said, I thought that front bag flap was crying out for a touch of flowery, felty adornment. A smaller version of the rosy posy brooch, one that could be removed from the bag and worn on a cardigan instead, maybe. Out came the rather large felt stash.
And then they were done.
I pondered a use for them other than just as a little evening or special occasion bag. Crafts obviously came straight to mind! A spot of on-the-go crochet perhaps?
Or how about a little sewing pouch? Perfect for hexys.
And of course, what a cute little cosmetics bag one would make.
They're now all listed in My Etsy shop which you can visit here should you fancy.
Thanks for reading along today and a very Happy February to you all. Xxx