Sunday, March 11, 2012


Well, our Century Dinner party is over.  It was so much fun to get ready for - I'm not going to know what to do with myself this week!  
After dinner the half-centurion girls opened their gifts.  I had made some burlap bags for them.  I used this pattern that I bought years ago but had never used.  Aren't these great looking purses!?  Love the ball trim on the front one!  The company has a website that looks pretty interesting - you can find it here.
 I altered the pattern a bit for my project.  I love the size on the pattern envelope, but I wanted them a little bigger for these gifts.  The first one was made with burlap for the bottom, green twill straps, and a band of cream damask with some burlap roses across the top.  The bottom portion has four deep pleats that attach to the band on either side.  I used my Boulangerie stencil again, but this time stenciled some numbers in the center instead of the fleur de lis.
 Even though I used a fabric paint, I think they should only be spot washed.  I don't know what would happen to those roses if they went through the washing machine.
 The next one was made with a design called "Bird and Nest Engravings" from the Graphics Fairy ironed on one side.  A good spring design!  I used TAP (transfer artist paper) for the iron-on.  It's the best way to iron a design on fabric, yet not get the shine that T-shirt transfer paper leaves behind.  The band and straps are made from a blue and brown damask with more burlap roses on the band.  The lining for this one is a brown and cream toile with birds and flowers.  I also used gathers on this one, rather than the pleats the pattern calls for.  Both bags have a magnetic closure on the band.  I should have taken photos of the insides, but, oh well.  Next time!
 So, now I'm in "bag mode".  I have such a stash of fabric and many of them would make great bags.  

I guess I know what I'll be doing this week!

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Elisa said...

I LOVE these bags! They're so cute! Thanks for sharing!

Elisa said...

I LOVE these bags! They're so cute! Thanks for sharing!

Peggy said...

Nan - these are really beautiful - you are a very talented seamstress!

Anne said...

Super cute.If I had a sewing machine I would give it a try.Someday I will.

freckled laundry said...

They are gorgeous, Nan! What sweet gives to make for the ladies. I'm just hopped over to see what you have going on and I see you linked them to my {air your laundry friday}...thank you! xo Jami

Wren @ for the Love of Lillian said...

I love them! So creative and I love the mix of textures. Now I'm chomping at the bit to drag out my sewing machine and fabric stash!

KATHY said...

Your bags are fabulous!!I love them.You are so talented.If they were on the store shelf i would buy one!!


hissyfit33 said...

Nan.... I wanted to let you know that your link to Indygo Junction wasn't the right one...but I loved where you send me :)

Laurel Stephens said...

It's always a challenge for me to figure out what fabrics work well together. I LOVE the combinations you used for your gorgeous bags.

Nan said...

Hissyfit33: Thank you for the heads up on the link I posted. I changed it and so it should take you to the right place now! :)

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