Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Socks and swaps

Following the fun I had taking part in the Cupcake Swap earlier this year, I jumped at the chance to take part in another when I saw Fran was organising one on her blog.   The 'Make Something' swap was open to anyone with any talent. 

Imagine my delight to find I'd been paired with an amazing knitter! (Unfortunately she doesn't have a blog but you'll see for yourself when I show you what she sent me!)  I've been coveting a cosy pair of knitted socks forever so I knew exactly what I'd be asking for....  In return, Claudia, my partner asked for a bag - across the body, big enough for books and with somewhere to keep her travel pass handy. 

I've never made a bag before (other than the occasional tote bag) but I found this simple tutorial for a messenger bag that I thought would fit the bill perfectly.  Here is my finished version of the bag -

The fabric is a heavy weight one from IKEA. 

The bag is fully lined with some stripey fabric from Sweetwater's Sunkissed range. There are 2 inside pockets and I also added a little key ring clip, handy for keys...

There's a big outside pocket on the bag too -

The tutorial didn't include any kind of closure for the bag so I decided to add a button and make a buttonhole.  I used a self-cover button and covered it with red felt.  I also used red to do all the top stitching on the bag as Claudia said she liked grey but also bright colours. 

And in return.....I received these gorgeous socks!

Pretty and pink.

And here they are being modelled -

So comfy...

And cosy :)

Thank you Claudia!  (and Fran for organising the swap!)

Linking up to -

Sew Happy Geek


  1. That's a fab bag you made there. And they socks really do look cosy - perfect for this weather! Emma x

  2. That bag is wonderful. I am lucky to have an Aunty who makes us cozy bed socks. They are the best thing ever! Yours are very pretty!

  3. Oh how did you part with the bag!!?? It turned out so well!! Don't you just love it when that happens!!! It would make such a brilliant pram bag too (I know, I know but I'm still pushing a pram and have been for pretty much 8 years now!!LOL!)....and that is definitely one mighty fine button hole...I have yet to ever attempt one!! :D

  4. What a very talented lady you are! That bag is ssssssssoooooo good! What a lovely swap! I love your cosy socks - just right for the coming cold months. Mandy :)

  5. Wow Rachael, love love that bag, and those socks would be right up my street, nice and cosy. Temp has dipped here, would be wearing them right now! Well done!

  6. That bag is really lovely! Ikea does lots of lovely heavyweight fabrics, I've got several just waiting to be turned into bags! And the socks look nice and cosy too...

  7. The bag is fab! And so is IKEA!!! :-)

  8. Love that bag. Thanks for the link to the tutorial -- and for the heads up on some awesome IKEA fabric!! ~Kristina


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