Tuesday, 9 October 2012

A summer bag... and a sweet parcel!

... in the Autumn. I wanted a bag for the summer holidays that could readily take all the bits that are somehow necessary for a day out, and that could be plonked on the floor or a sandy beach without me worrying that it is one of my favourite bags. And I remembered this pattern

I used Amy Butler's nappy bag pattern, which I have had since Patch was a baby. This was the first time I've made it. Ooops. The main fabric is a Cath Kidston floral cord leftover from covering our dining chairs in Sweet Pea Cottage, purchased from Bicester also before Patch was born. And the lining is some blue ticking from my pile.

The pattern includes instructions for a change mat and cover, a mobile phone pocket to be placed on the shoulder strap, and many handy interior pockets. As it has taken me so long to make this bag I no longer need a change mat, didn't fancy the phone pocket and only kept one of the interior pockets. As I was using fairly heavy weight fabrics I also didn't line the bag with canvas or interfacings as suggested. Oh, and I added a magnetic closure.

The picture shown on the pattern is for quite a large bag, and I suppose it must be to fit a rolled up change mat in, but somehow I hadn't realised just how wide it is.

Really rather wide. Though just what I needed... it does fit so many things in, and the wide strap means it is comfy. I do like it and have used it for most of the summer. I'm sure it would make a lovely nappy bag too!

A beautiful parcel arrived this morn from Beth at the linen cat. So happy to have won her beautiful giveaway! The photograph on Beth's blog is much better, but here are my sweet autumn lavender birds

Thank you so, Beth!

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  1. Love your bag. I don't remember there being patterns for baby related things when my boys were smaller - I'm sure there were but I just hadn't noticed them - and these days I see so many wonderful things I could have made! Perhaps I should have another child? ;) It makes a great general bag as well though.

    Thanks so much for the mention - glad they arrived safely. Bethx

  2. I love Beth's lavender bags - they are so beautifully made! And I love the idea of the nappy bag in a different guise - it took me about 10 years to finish a needlepoint cushion I started while I was pregnant - children sort of get in the way of these things, don't they?!

    Pomona x

  3. Wow what a lovely bag and prize! Have a great weekend *waves hello* from a new follower, Hazel x

    1. Hello... have just glanced at your blog and look forward to reading more with a cup of coffee later! Looks like you may be in need of a nappy bag - I do recommend this pattern!

  4. Thanks for coming over to say hello .. and for leaving lovely comments too ! I do like your bag, very pretty and roomy is best for all our bits and bobs. I've just seen your little kitty, she is adorable. We have two cats, brother and sister, and your Betty looks a little like our Alfie. I remember how teeny tiny they were when we got them .. and can definitely sympathise with your curtain woes!
    Kate x

  5. I am soooo loving your little birds...not sure how I found your blog but here I am...I am thinking I need to start doing some sewing soon. xo