Wednesday, April 1, 2009

chelsea's bird bag


(I've just realized it is April Fool's Day, so I guess I'm supposed to do something jokey. Let's pretend I did some elaborate ruse and move on.)

My sweet and beautiful niece Chelsea, who also towers over me, has just turned eighteen. Eighteen! I ask you. I felt it was Momentous and needed marking with some handmade something. So I made her a messenger bag with a bird on it. Wow that blue is like a turquoise supernova on the photo. It is bright, but doesn't hurt the eyes like the photos.



I've tried before in vain to find a link to the free messenger bag pattern I used, modified a bit of course. It is no longer available, but it is fairly simple. Just a bunch of rectangles really. Might do a write-up of my own version for a future tutorial.

The body and strap of the bag is more dark denim I had leftover from these. I came up with the flap design on my own, used midweight cottons I had in my stash, and just three pieces for the basic shape. Stabilized with some fusible interfacing. Then some machine applique for the branch, bird and leaves. Man, I dig applique! I've missed it. Heat n bond, how I love thee.


In my opinion, the more pockets a bag has, the better, so I added a pocket on the back of the bag and also two pockets on the inside.

Now I have the itch to make one for myself, and my sister (no. 2 of four) requested one for her birthday in July. Also I have another niece, Jamie, who recently turned eighteen (and who is also lovely and towers over me, what is the DEAL?). I'll have fun thinking of some other simple applique design for those.

12 comments:

  1. Oh that is soooo cute! I am sure your niece loves it. Heat-n-bond is the bomb isn't it?

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  2. What a great bag! I keep telling myself that I am going to make a purse, but the time does not seem to make itself available. Maybe in june... Please post a tute, i am interested in trying one similar to yours.

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  3. That looks fantastic! Great job on the colors. I agree...it's all about the pockets.

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  4. I love it! And yes, a tutorial would be wonderful!

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  5. looks great! I'm sure she'll love it

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  6. I love that bird applique. Don't you love when all comes together nicely? It's lovely.

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  7. how cute is that? super cute.

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  8. I love this! Now I want to try heat-n-bond. I'm so glad I stumbled upon your site! I'm going to have to feature you one of these days on my own blog, http://www.HappyFlyingButtons.blogspot.com.

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  9. I love the bag. Makes me mourn the loss of machine even more. Hopefully it will be replaced soon. I will have to look thru the projects you posted so I can find something Marmee and make for Baby X. (still no name and less than 3 months to go)

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  10. Love the bag! All of your great applique is helping with my motivation to do an applique on one of Chloe's dresses for the summer.

    (I finally did a whole post dedicated to my recent craftiness. 'Bout time!)

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  11. omg.. that bag is sooooo cute! Im going to have to hunt down a pattern. my neice birthday is in a few weeks and she so wants one of these bags!

    Jessie
    http://designsbyjessie.etsy.com

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  12. Nice messenger bag:)
    Thanks for visiting my blog. You leave the sweetest comments:)
    I'm working on having a fabric line... just not there yet... but soon.

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