As from next week, I am planning to blog a couple of times a week.
I spent a couple of hours making this sweet little messenger bag this afternoon. I liked the pictures of the Peter Rabbit bag on the Noodlehead blog, but it wasn't exactly what I was looking for because I wanted to appliqué and quilt. The Noodlehead handbag pattern I bought from that site is amazing. Its the Runaround Bag (more on that soon as I have another on my To-Do list).
After a bit more searching, I realised that I might be able to make it up myself. Gasp...and a little swingpants dance. I only started sewing less than two years ago and so it is a great achievement for me to feel I can finally work out how to make something, even a simple little Messenger Bag, from scratch myself.
For a newbie sewing addict, it is always a triumph when the bag is all sewn up, turned right side out and top-stitched with no mistakes at all. I had handles and flaps to get all the right way around!
I am really super pleased with how it turned out. The fabric is Flutter and Flowers by Laura Berringer, teamed up with some navy linen and pink Gutterman thread. I am feeling super virtuous because I even bothered to get out the Stitch-and-Tear to make sure that my appliqué and name embroidery went perfectly :halo:
I used a little bit of Quilters Dream wadding left over from the Owl quilt and more straight lines to quilt the outside of the bag.
Our niece, who lives in Florida now is going to be 4 years old at the beginning of May and she apparently loves bags. So this will be winging its way to her real soon.