Fabrics of your choice - Base fabric (enough to make your bag the size you want it!) I used cotton drill: it's a bit canvas like and quite hard-wearing, cut to the size you want your bag to be, (plus a little seam allowance)
Accent fabric - mine was this lovely woven wool design.
Something for your handles - I used cotton cord that I crocheted with my fingers, something flatter would be easier though! A cotton tape, or handles made from your either your base or accent fabric would be nice
Double sided tape
Got all that? Then you're good to go!
While that was drying, I prepped the other fabrics.
Then I pressed and sewed the accent pieces to go on top of the bag. I folded the strips of accent fabric in half, pressed, folded and pressed hems, positioned the handles, and sewed them in place with two rows of stitching on my lovely vintage Pfaff.
So, that's it. If all of that sounds too much like a load of hassle, you can buy this very bag here - or a very close approximation of it, anyway. I love making these, they're so simple, nice to look at, practical to use, and obviously hilarious to boot. Happy creating!
Love and kisses,
Since my teen of loveliness embraced veganism, I have risen to the challenge of simple, quickish and wholesome non-dairy meals! Not too much of a challenge, for a 20-odd year non-meat-eater, but a massive deal for this dairy-phile!
1) Chop an onion, a leek, and a tiny butternut squash (it needn't be tiny. Just we grew ours. They're small, but mighty flavoursome!) Soften them all with a wee bit of garlic in your favourite kind of pan and a bit of your choice of oil on a medium heat - I like to chuck a nut oil in for a bit of extra protein. Probably all in the mind, but hey. Add any other veg you fancy - a grated courgette is my top tip for texture enhancement. Also add some herbs/spices - I used a good desert spoon of za'atar and some salt and pepper.
2) While that lot's softening, boil the backbone out of a handful or so of dried mung beans, and separately boil potatoes for mashing. (I tried this method of post-boil peeling. It really really works - just run them under cold water before you pull the skin off. Unless you have asbestos fingers, then you'll be ok.)
3) When your veg are soft, add a stock cube and a tin of tomatoes, then rinse the tin by half filling with water and swooshing around, then pour the water into your pan. (Clean tin for recycling, extra tomato goodness in your dinner, less water wastage - winwinwin!)
4) Chuck in a tin of cannellini beans, and your soft mung beans. Stir. Chuck into a 4-person oven dish.
5) Peel and mash cooked spuds, with a wee bit of olive oil. Throw that on your bean-mixture.
6) Chuck it in the oven - or under the grill if you're in a hurry and don't mind the smoke alarm going off. Or is that just MY grill?) to brown.
Hello! Ever promise yourself you're going to explore something, but never ever give yourself time to do it? That's me! So I set aside the whole of this afternoon to play with fabric paints! Here's how it's going so far!
I'm using a couple of different types of fabric paint - Setacolour Opaque and Dylon fabric paints - both available at Homecrafts (oh how I love Homecrafts!). The fabric is from there, too, its quite thin but before I make it into a bag I'll be lining it, so I think it'll be ok - it certainly takes the paint really well. I've mixed colours of my own using various combinations of the paints - they cross-breed quite happily I've found. Both require ironing to 'set'. This little 'Robin on Aliums' will be finished using some free-motion embroidery, and maybe some beads, ribbons and fabric scraps...watch this space!
I buy pretty fabrics and make stuff...