I used a photocopier to upscale the pattern size to increase the bag by 30% so it can be used as a full makeup bag or a toiletrie carryall. I also used Nikki's tips and made a solid plastic base so it stands up.
I have made lots of these and they are always well received by family and friends.
I started this Japanese patchwork bag at least 2 years ago but wasn't able to finish it as I ran out of the Clover bias binding. This is an iron on bias binding and terrific for this project. I even asked Melanie to see if she could match the colour for me in Japan....but no luck. So I was so surprised to find it at the Birch shop. It was a difficult project as the instuctions were minimal so I had to use my bag making skills to pull it together.
It's more for decoration than usage and I may even store my wool tops for felting inside. I love the colours and glad I finished it...I never thought I would.
It has Fast2Fuse as a base, med-heavy interfacing and vilene wadding to give support and structure. The curved gusset wasn't that scary. I chose O rings and the belt option. I like the belt because it does draw the bag in. I made a compartment with 3 pockets on one side and a zipped pocket on the other. Gregg helped me with the eyelets as we did not have eyelet pliers insted used the eyelet tool and a hammer and it was successful.
My week of bag making continues as does Big Cats Blogtoberfest. I feel like I am in a time machine. One day Singapore the next Melbourne........stay tuned next week for Melbourne Craft Diaries!! Season 2.
From UHandbag summer baskets......I love the paisley print and beautiful colours.
and her new summer hat pattern. Ok I know its not bags but they do go together!
I want to introduce you to Jamie at Paisley St Claire apart from having her own range of bags she keeps me upto date with the seasons fashions, colours and must have accesories. She is our very own Oh Joy....so please go and say hello.
Loving the fuschia, it's one of my fav colours.
Pop by tomorrow for my last day of bag making with a roundup of great tutorials to make. Hope I have been inspiring you to go and make your summer bags.
Have a look at others on Pink Penguin's Flickr pool
But I wanted to trick it up a bit using my bias tape maker and Clover adhesive tape. I followed the tutorial but made my own bias binding and then did a panelling effect on the patchwork.
You make the bias binding and thread through the Clover adhesive tape at the same time over the top of the bias tape maker.
The webbing is double sided so you iron onto the bias binding, then remove the top tape and then iron it down where you want it. You still have to sew it on but saves pinning and goes down very straight and does not get tangled. It is a little tricky but worth doing.
I am going to use mine to put all my nailpolish in