Thursday, March 20, 2008

flying by the seat of my pants

Happy Thursday everyone. I don't have to work today, so I really should be making progress on one of those UFOs on the left there, but, well...... the urge just overtook me and I hand to go to the second-hand store and pick up stuff to make this:


I just love that scarf/tie/thing! Love the colors, love the pattern, I just couldn't leave it at the store. Then on a trip to the dollar store I found some beads that go with it perfectly so I'm going to do something with them too. I had gotten the pattern from a swap and have wanted to try to make one so today was the day. Now as to the 'flying by the seat of my pants' thing. I have always been a creative soul and when I start something I just go to it. So I wanted to make one of these bags, but I wanted it lined. There was no instructions on lining it (that I could find, anyway, I just glanced at the directions and away I went) so I just winged it. No pattern, no measuring, just an idea some fabric and a pair of scissors. After some cutting and sewing and a bit of hand sewing here is what I have....


Its lined and has 4 pockets to the inside, but its not quite done yet. I am also trying to figure out a way to add a closure to it. Zipper? Velcro? Snaps? Still thinking about that one. But now I definitely have a bag big enough to hold some stuff, and I love all those outside pockets for holding stuff too.

I wanted to let everyone know about Phyl's giveaway. She is celebrating her 200th post by giving away one of her handbags. She does such great work! Actually, seeing hers is what made me want to give one a try :cD Please go on over and visit her at Scrappy n Happy in Ohio. Just click on the ladybug on the left to get to her blog.

Well the mouselings are home for spring break. Its kind of weird for Easter to come so early. It should be a fun week. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can get out to the park and such. I'm off for now to try to get some work in on something quilty warm country wishes!!!


9 comments:

Andrea said...

Great bag ! Should be good and strong to carry all the junk we mums have to lug around - lol ! Have a good school break.

Barb said...

Don't you just love those second hand stores -- with a desire to do a crazy patch from neckties -- I decided to seek out the men's tie section at our second hand store! As luck would have it on that day for $2.00 I could stuff all the ties I wanted into a grocery bag for my use! Oh WOW I stuffed that bag full and have some pretty neat ties! If you wonder around enough in those stores sometimes you can even find a grouping of quilt blocks that someone decided they just had 'no use' for -- can't imagine that happening, but they are fun to find too!

julieQ said...

Very cute jeans purse! Did you have trouble with getting it to match up at the bottom? Last time I attempted that, I ...uhhh...kind of messed it up! Second hand stores are fun!

BusybeeDebQuilts said...

Love the bag ... looks like a handy tote that would stand up to a lot of abuse ... I'm going to give it a try!

Deb

Babs Schmidt said...

Love the bag- I recognize the pattern! Glad it went to a good home!

Marlene said...

I love this bag! This is such a cute idea. I have just the shorts to use for this too. Thanks for showing us.

country mouse said...

Thanks so much for the compliments. I'm surprised how much of a reaction that bag gets! I love it. It is unconventional, but not impractical. I think that's why others that have seen it in person like it too. As for the seams on the bottom, well that was part planning part luck that they matched up as well as they did. To all those that want to give it a try, have fun and post a pic. I would love to see your creations!! Warm country wishes!!

Phyl said...

Just stopping by to thank you for joining in on my 200th Post Celebration and see what you have been up to:). Love the bag and the title of your post:).

Hugs!

Floss said...

Love this bag, I think I am going to have to give this a try.