Tuesday, 15 May 2012

A project bag

You may have noticed lately that I've been taking a bit more of an interest in hand sewing.  You can see some embroidery I did in my last post.  I've also been working on some cross stitch from my new book 'Cross Stitcher Home Style'.

I'll show you more of the project I chose in another blog post, but for now, here is a little taster - the pretty threads I'm working with -

So of course I needed somewhere to store my book while I was working with it, my aida, hoop, threads etc, right?  I thought I'd make a fairly large zippy pouch.  I had some lovely thick Cath Kidston in mind...teamed it up with pretty pink/white polka dots and designed/sewed both at the same time. 

Pretty fabrics and a zip....
A handy little inside pocket...
I added a little key fob - always handy for tape measure or attaching a little needle case to etc.

I added a double outside pocket too, pockets are good, I hate having to rummage around in the bottom of a bag to find stuff!

I also boxed the bottom corners of my bag to increase storage space.  And....here is the finished bag -

I made it pretty big so that it would hold the book or magazine I was working from, my travel sewing roll, my little zippy pouch that holds my threads and scissors, and my fabric and hoop. 

You get a better idea of the size here -

Extra spacious!
Such a handy bag, with lots of storage, it's been great already for keeping my things away from the toddler (and the cat) and just generally keeping my sewing clean while I'm not working on it. It will also come in really handy for when I'm taking projects out and about. 

After all that sewing (and brain-work!) I was ready to relax for a bit with a cuppa and some home-made carrot cake, yum!

PS. If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll be aware that my other half has recently spent a little time in America....of course I didn't miss my chance to order some (OK, a *lot*) of fabric from some lovely US fabric stores.  I'll show you in my next post the massive pile of fabricy goodness he came home with!!

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  1. I love how you've used the pink polka dot fabric with the Cath Kidston, it looks really pretty, it looks like a great project bag.

    Can't wait to see the cross stitch! xx

  2. What a lovely project bag. It makes me want to get my sewing machine out again. Looking forward to seeing the cross stitch.

  3. Ooooh!!! That book looks interesting! I'm really liking the idea of trying some cross stitch one of these days. And I LOVE that project bag! Wonderful colour/fabric choices! My favourite photo of it is the sneaky little peak of all the goodies inside it!!
    Happy project-ing!!!

  4. Great prject bag - love the spot to clip something :) Stopping in from Manic Monday.

  5. The project bag is beautiful and I love the pastelly colours you've chosen for your cross stitch. xx

  6. What a fab idea, your project bag is lovely! I could do with a ton of these for all my WIPs!

  7. Love your newest project bag! Fab fabric too :)

    Rhi x x

  8. The sewing pouch is brilliant. I could do with one for when I take my hand sewing in the car with me...and yes, pockets are very good!! I shall definitely know where to come for advice when I finally get around to attempting to make one! Not sure what was nicest to look at in that last pic...the CK fabric goodness or the yummy carrot-y cake goodness!! :D x

  9. I love that fabric! It makes such a wonderful project bag and the zip looks so neat :) x

  10. I really love the bag you have made. Perfect!
    I can't wait to see what new fabrics you have had.
    Emma xx

    Ps. I have not forgotten about the buttons (it's been manic). I will sort them tomorrow and post them Thursday xxx


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