Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What Do You Do When You Have No Pockets?

Although pockets tend to inform my shopping to some extent, a few of my clothes don't seem to have them. Although I can't be bothered carrying a lot around with me, I do need somewhere to keep my iPhone, a bit of cash and maybe my Visa card and my keys.

On Monday, I showed you a 6 inch square of my rust dyed fabric that I had embellished using Michelle Ward's stencil design and some hand stitching, and I promised to show you how I was going to use it.  Well, it has become a tiny little pocket/bag!

I created the bag using a simple pattern idea from Jane Davila, which I altered to suit my personal needs. The 6 inch hand stitched square was bound with the same fabric that creates the accents by the zipper and the inside lining.  This creates an open front pocket in addition to the one compartment within the bag.  I couldnt' find a strap that I was happy with, so I made my own by combining some Blue trim and a bit of copper coloured 'rope' trim.


26 comments:

  1. Cute bag and I love your use of the rusted fabric! I've already downloaded the pattern from QA's. Thanks! Of course, who knows when I'll make it? LOL!

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    1. Thanks Anne Marie. Isn't that a great little bag pattern! Have fun making it.

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  2. Great way to use the fabric. Candy

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    1. Thanks Candy. I think it will be a much used little bag, especially in the summer!

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  3. Perfect bag and a great way to use your stencil stitch piece. xox

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    1. Thanks Corrine. It'll be perfect in the summer!

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  4. Great little bag, the perfect size and it shows off your beautiful stitching.

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    1. Thanks Linda. It's fun to have a little piece of art with you where ever you go!

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  5. My GF makes bags like these! I wonder if she got her idea there too? I love your version!

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    1. Thanks! It's a really great little pattern...sews up real quick, especially if you don't add a pocket like I did.

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  6. That's just fabulous, Linda! Love the colors and all the detail on your bag.

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    1. Thanks Marjie. I'm really happy with how it turned out.

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  7. What a great bag for a few necessary items for shopping. Great use of your cloth square

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    1. It's a great pattern...quick and easy to sew up.

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  9. Beautiful. Now I'll have to make one, ;)

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    1. Thanks Kit. Yes, you've got some beautifully hand stitched rust dyed pieces to work with too! It's a great pattern...very quick and the lining becomes the zipper accent...literally can be cut and sewn up in 30 minutes or less from start to finish!

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  10. You are one CREATIVE lady!!!! LOVE it!

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    1. Thanks Maria. It was a fun bag to make!

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  11. Oh, Linda, you continue to astound me with your amazing art!
    This is so very lovely...the pattern, the color palette, everything!! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Mary! I'm blushing...

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  12. that is gorgeous, Linda! I love your creativity. beautiful! i found your post from your headline and just wanted to share ... I patented a handy helper after my pockets failed me horribly (spare tampon rolled out at the gym...*gah!* .. lol!) but you might find it useful. just an idea, and letting you know in case you could use it for something..great for gym & travel. It's actually for much more than fem hygiene..that's just how it started. xoxo, @PortaPocketGal (site is www.portapocket.com) Cheers! keep up the great work :)

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