Green Flower Bag

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An other one of my small handbags. This bag is made of polyesters that have a denim look. They are leftovers from skirts I made. One in navy blue, one in grey.

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To liven it up, I machine stitched a greed flower with the blanket stitch on the front of the bag.

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I made a small tag with a C with the same thread as the flower and the blanket stitch. I sew three black beads and attached the tag to the back handle of the bag with matching embroidery floss.

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I included a small pocket in the inside.

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This small handbag looks more classy than the previous ones I have made. For the days we are feeling more serious.

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A Bag for a Grandmother

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Three Bags, One Pattern

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White Clutch Tutorial

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Black Clutch Tutorial

A Bag for a Grandmother

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The front

This is a bag I made for a grandmother. My sons’ grandmother. Not my mother, but my spouse’s mother. Are you following me? Anyway, I made this bag to please a grandmother for her birthday. For that, I chose fabric from my sons’ old pants, corduroy to be precise. What can please more a grandmother than to have something from her grandchildren? I am not sure there is an answer to that question.

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The back

Corduroy is a very sturdy fabric and the bag old itself quite beautifully even though I did not use batting or interfacing. This bag will stand many washing in the machine. I find the light beige coordinates well with the light grey and that make a polyvalent bag that can be used on many occasions. I used the same pattern I have created and told you about in my post Three Bags, One Pattern of last Monday.

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A tag

I made a label with the initial of her first name–Nicole–to personalise the gift. I stitched the letter with my sewing machine.

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An inside pocket

I made a second label that I attached to the inside pocket. Please excuse the somewhat dark and not-very-good pictures. They were taken on a gloomy October morning, just before the two-hour drive to her home (I had finished the bag late the previous evening).

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A second tag

I was in a detail mood when I made this bag. I sew ribbon by hand and added many black beads. I wanted it to look fabulous. I think I have reached my goal. I was almost sad of not being able to keep it for myself. Maybe I will make a duplicate, in slightly different colors, as I prefer that each bag stays unique.

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Ribbon all around

Do you like this bag for a grandmother? Thank you for visiting,

France

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Small handbags - sewing pattern at francenadeau.com

 

Other posts about bags:

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Three Bags, One Pattern

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White Clutch Tutorial

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Black Clutch Tutorial

Three Bags, One Pattern

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This is a bag I love using in the summer. I made it out of an old pair of jeans. The machine-embroidered lines create a patchwork effect. The hand-stitched lavender stems add a subtle and elegant decoration. The white lining gives the bag a fresh and bright look.

As the fabric was well-worn jeans, hand embroidery was easy to make, which is not always the case with this fabric. New and thick jeans can be hard on the fingers. I love embroidering lavender and the colors coordinate so well with the faded blue. I always use the chain stitch and the stem stitch. Easy and fast.

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All the bags in this post are made from the same pattern I created two years ago. They measure 3 1/2″ x 5″ x 8″. Until now, the pattern was in reality a few lines drawn on a piece of paper with some measurements next to them. I am working on a more professional version of the pattern. I rapidly found out that working on a bag pattern is a lot of work, but I hope to be soon able to offer it to you. In the meantime, I will posts different versions of the bag. And continue to think about a suitable name. Here are two specimens,  looking quite different from the lavender and jeans bag:

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They were made with leftover fabric I used for summer clothes. I am always amazed by what we can do with some scraps. Unfortunately, I realised after assembling those two that the fabric was not thick enough to prevent the bags from collapsing. I should have used batting. Well… it was too late. I think they still look pretty, though. I use them to store my in-progress hexagone projects.  When I am in the mood to work on my hexies, I just grab the bag and bring it to a comfortable chair. I stitched by hand the flower appliqués but stitched the decorative lines with my wonderful Janome Quilting/Decor.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my bags that do not have a name yet. Thank you for stopping by!

France

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Small handbags - sewing pattern at francenadeau.com

 

Other posts about sewing:

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White Clutch Tutorial

Black clutch - francenadeau.com

Black Clutch Tutorial

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