Friday, July 6, 2007

Easy Weekend Project - Summer Tote bag
(not sure why, but blogger wouldn't let me add a title)

Oh boy, I've only been at this a few months and already I'm deralict in my blogging duties. I can't believe 2 weeks has gone by without a new post. Well, at least the linens were pretty to look at. LOL :)

I haven't had a lot of time for big projects, but I did make myself a new summer bag. It went together very quickly so, I thought it would make a nice Easy Weekend Project. Plus, its Bag Month at the Sew Mama Sew blog. Pop over and you can read details about entering the contest.
I made this bag with a combination of fabrics from Amy Butler, Jennifer Paganelli, and a wonderful vintage 1960's "chain link" fabric purportedly from the warehouse of designer Ferdinando Sarmi.
I love the result! It feels fresh and summery with all of its sea glass tones. Two large outside pockets, exposed handles, and a roomy interior make this functional as well as pretty.


I also made this pink and gray one for a friend. This one is made with all new fabrics, but I did embellish with a couple of vintage fabric covered buttons.


Do you need a new flea market tote or beach bag? If so, steal a few hours for yourself this weekend and sew one up!!! :)

25 comments:

Rosemary said...

Hi,
I love the bag with the toile fabric. Your talent is sewing. Me, not so much. I love to see what you are making.
Have a fun weekend,
Rosemary

Angela @ Cottage Magpie + Home said...

Yay, you're back! We missed you! More, please, more! Love the totes! ~A :-)

moderncountry said...

What a lovely bag you made! Such fan of you, hihi :)

I also have a great link to share, check this site : http://www.rosehip.typepad.com/

Great energy,lovely colours and fantastic creations. Fun, fun, fun!!! Aina ;)

ShabbyInTheCity said...

You did great! Those are perfect. I love the combo of the old and new :)

Sweet Roses & Vintage Chiq said...

Oh those bags look gorgeous! As always your fabrics look stunning...

Wild Rose said...

They are both such beautiful bags.

Sugar Bear said...

Love this. It couldn't be a weekend project for me though - my sewing skills stink! I love Sis Boom fabrics and your use of them.
Karla

the feathered nest said...

My favorite is the bag with the toile. So pretty! Glad you're back, I missed your weekend projects!

Manuela

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Isn't it funny how fast 2 weeks can fly by!! I love your bags.. just gorgeous! The mix of the old and new is such a great idea!

If you get a chance.. my Mom started a blog and she has some old baby quilts on there that she was hoping someone might know the age of the fabrics. I was hoping you might pop over to say Hi and see what you think about them? We are terrible at trying to identify the ages of fabrics!

here is her link..

http://www.reflectionsfromthestonenest.blogspot.com/

Allison said...

Great job!!! Wow, that would take me forever and then I would cry and I would have to ask my mom to help...and she would rip out my seams and resew and show me how. Sniff. But yours, wow, they are so beautiful!! You are very talented. I absolutely love the fabric you chose for your summer beach bag. They are perfect for summer.

allie
www.mycozyhome.typepad.com

Rosy Inspiration said...

Hi,

I just found your blog and listed it as one of my Favourites. I love Monogrammed vintage linen too. The ones you had in your pictures in the last post are simply gorgeous.

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

Love your bags! I would never be able to make one-I'm very cackhanded!

Lizzie said...

Gorgeous! I love that bag... a while back I posted that I wanted an easy sewing pattern for a book bag. This might work!

Rhoda said...

Hi, Kimberly, you sewing girls make me crazy! I wish I could sew like some of you gals do. What talent you have for all of that.
Gorgeous totes!

Rhoda

ancient one said...

You know I had that same problem for a couple of days... No Title for my blogs... wonder what was wrong with blogger?

Your bags are beautiful!~ann

Jodie said...

Beautiful bags - truly. I love the birds on the first one especially.
Great work !
Jodie

Kristin said...

Fantastic bags! I especially love the blue and pink birdie fabric!

Alison said...

Thanks for visiting Kimberley. I don't have any other close up pics of this quilt. Have you tried double clicking on the picture. This usually will give you more detail.

Charmingdesigns said...

OOOh! I love your bags. Mine is from wintertime and time worn. I wanted to get a new one made for summer, you have inspired me to get busy and get one made before summer is over. Laurie

moderncountry said...

Fun to hear from you again and think it is very nice to hear you tell more about you and your hubby :) Aina

Some projects going on?

The French Nest said...

What a gorgeous bag! I love the combination of vintage fabrics with new fabrics...the result is always stunning!

Kate

red tin heart said...

I love the bags!fbc Nita

Trudi M said...

Love your totes, do you use patterns or make them up?

cd&m said...

What lovely bags.

Lisa said...

those bags are gorgeous! And i'm totallly loving the background floral on your computer!