I was lucky enough to be given a whole stack of magazines by my dear friend Lady Vanhorn. Having read through them several times, I decided that it was time to make a decision and actually make something from them!
Well as I’m on a bag making roll this seemed like a good place to start. I love the shape and always try to have a cotton shopping bag with me – in case!
And as is my way I decided to upcycle some old fabric, so an old duvet cover, an old cotton sheet for the lining and I cheated and bought new bias binding!
The pattern seemed fairly simple, given that it’s all based on rectangles. Although it was a little bit too much like patchwork at times and given my recent journey into quilts, I wasn’t quite ready for it again yet! But I soldiered on and with ironing board and sewing machine set I went ahead and made the basic shape.
Now I wasn’t desperately keen on the way the instructions were written, but then I’m not a great one for reading manuals so having scanned over them I made it up as I went a long a bit. Given that it is a simple pattern thats wasn’t a problem and I have to say I’m pretty happy with results
It’s a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be, perfect size for a beach bag or a roll up and stuff in your handbag shopper! I’m going to have a go at making a smaller version to using some scraps and left overs I have from other projects!
If you’re interested the magazine have a web site as follows – http://www.makingmagazine.com/
Please note – I wasn’t paid for this post in any way, I am simply passing on information for crafting chums who may be interested in having a try at something new. I have only made reference to the magazine to be polite and give credit to their designers, as it was their pattern – not mine!