Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A squashy bag

The squashy bag is complete and already in use. I made my own pattern based on a bags I had seen in highstreet shops and a pattern pretty close to what I wanted in one of my Japanese Craft books. It has come out pretty much as I had hoped and I like the shape but I think for this fabric I prefered the original tote. This is certainly a useful bag shape though, comfy over the shoulder or in arm and plenty of space inside for a purse and of course a bit of portable sock knitting. I learned plenty as I went along, I am pleased that the shape came out as I had planned but the bias binding was very tricky and frankly does not stand up to close examination, but making a hash of it this time should mean that I know what not to do next time. I used some very stiff boning in the handles themselves which was a good move, I will certainly buy more of the boning to use on future projects, even if it did make the bias binding rather a struggle. I used a little magnetic closure and no inside pocket this time.

The outside is made from the same old charity shop blanket as the tote and I used a medium weight interfacing. Interfacing/interlining makes such a difference to the bags, gives them so much more body. The bulkier seams are a little troublesome but worth it I think.

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my finished Betty. She is keeping me warm on a regular basis. Several of you asked about the fastening which is a brooch. I did purchase some buttons, I spent about half an hour choosing them while a friend waited very patiently for me to decide. Of course they are too big for the buttonholes. I grabbed the brooch as an emergency measure, I was determine to wear Betty there and then, and in fact it somehow looks just right so I don't think I will look for any more buttons. The brooch is silver with some tiny gold details and was a gift from the technical advisor who buys most of my jewellery from the rather wonderful local gallery.


Blogger caroline said...

I love it - the grey with the pinky flowers on the outside and the purpley-pinky lining is just gorgeous. I am interested in the boning in the handles - what is it?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 5:16:00 pm  
Anonymous Sabine said...

I just love your bags - and that lining, drool...
Really, I think the brooch is an improvement on the Betty design. It doesn't look half as stunning with buttons.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 6:14:00 pm  
Blogger The Crafty Otter said...

Another fab bag! I bought a couple of books on making bags earlier this year, and they have been very well read, but I haven't made anything yet. I love the bright linings with a dark, rich outer fabric, and I completely agree about the interlining, too.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 7:30:00 pm  
Blogger Charity said...

Wonderful bag! I love the size - your sock looks so happy nestling there. :0)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 8:50:00 pm  
Anonymous Maggie said...


I was just checking all the some of the other blogs in the Rowanette Blog Ring and happened upon your beautiful blog.

Your bag is beautiful! One day maybe I will get using my singer for something more than stitching a quick hem...smile.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 12:03:00 am  
Anonymous marjorie said...

What a great idea, to use a blanket for the outside of the bag. I love the sock snuggled inside. When I was learning to make socks, I was never pleased with the toes; I couldn't manage the kitchener stitch for closing the toe very well. The toes always came out, well, not so great. But I never mentioned them and hoped people would only notice the good parts. So I understand your struggle with the bias binding.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 1:36:00 am  
Blogger yvette said...

Your bag looks fabulous, I must get my velvet one done. The handes look great, bias in heavy fabric is a pain to do. I sometimes use narrow plastic tubing inside the fabric, it does mean the old guy in the DIY shop thinks I have something seriously wrong with all my kitchen appliances!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 6:46:00 am  
Blogger Krawuggl said...

This bag is so beautiful, it is my favorite shape for handbags. The bigger ones are clever for shopping, but this one would be so nice for a visit at a tea shop or a date or a restaurant. Just my keys and my purse, lip gloss, peppermint and your lovely bag. You are fantastic to have figured out this very difficulty looking design, and I also like the blanket again and your tiny flowers. Very very gorgeous!
And I am completely with you, the brooch for Betty gives a so much more sophisticated look than buttons. Very special.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 2:36:00 pm  
Blogger opportunityknits said...

Oh this bag is just so lovely and sturdy. I have been wanting to try a handle like this but I just didn't think it could withstand the weight of all the stuff I drag around. Such a clever idea to think of boning! Thanks for the warning about the bias sewing.

Thursday, November 23, 2006 8:51:00 am  
Blogger Anita said...

Great looking bag - the colours work well together. I like seeing a flash of bright colour on a neutral background.

PS. Bit slow at blog reading at the moment so just caught up with Betty - it looks fab! So much nicer than the one in the book.

Thursday, November 23, 2006 2:31:00 pm  
Anonymous victoria said...

So beautiful! love the color combinations! you have such a wonderful eye for color....

Thursday, November 23, 2006 6:44:00 pm  
Blogger AnJaka said...

Hey Poshyarns, Happy merry christmas.
see you soon, Poshyarns

Sunday, December 17, 2006 11:08:00 pm  
Blogger AnJaka said...

Hey Poshyarns, Happy merry christmas.
see you soon, Poshyarns

Sunday, December 17, 2006 11:10:00 pm  
Blogger AnJaka said...

Hey Poshyarns, Happy merry christmas.
see you soon, Poshyarns

Sunday, December 17, 2006 11:11:00 pm  

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