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Take one boring shopping bag…the reveal!

I saw a tutorial for this book bag on Sew, Mama, Sew:

and it started off a desire to make myself a library book bag complete with pocket for my library card.

Knowing I had some of this fabric:

in two colours, I decided to go for it.

I also saw a tutorial (on Betz White’s blog – I love Betz White) to upcycle cotton totes by  using them as a lining for a more interesting bag.  Two tutorials means two bags.  Jump to my previous post for details of the original tutorials that I followed to make my upcycled bags, and to see the story so far.

Bag number 1

book bag

Ta-da, boring bag used as inside of interesting book bag. I love this bag, and the pocket on the outside is so useful. It usually houses my library card and the little receipts that I can print off at my local library with a summary of what books I still owe them. It is currently sitting on the floor next to my computer, full of books that need to go back to the college (where I work, I’m a college tutor/lecturer now) and to the university (where I’m a part-time teacher training student) libraries. So useful, and the pattern on the fabric defines is sue for me, which is always useful when you have memory issues like mine (aka, mind like a sieve!)

Bag number 2

purple bag

This is as far as I got! The idea of appliqué was a good one, but I’m not an appliqué kinda girl . I may get round to it, I may not. I’m not even sure where it is.

What more is there to add? I have a new bag and it makes me happy.

:o)

Claire Bear

Interesting bag-related posts from other bloggers (and one of two of my own):

Project Upcycle: An Online Class on Craftsy Taught by Betz White (whileshenaps.typepad.com)
Painted Heart Bag (craftzine.com)
Boxed-Bottom Tote Bag Tutorial (skylarchastain.wordpress.com)
It’s a Bag Marathon (girlwithjavacurls.typepad.com)
Butterfly Tote Bag (mindfuldrawing.com)
I wanna new bag…. (handmadebyclairebear.com)
Upcycle project – skirt into shoulder bag (handmadebyclairebear.com)

WIPs on Wednesday

It’s been quite a long time since I got some serious sewing done, so I haven’t bothered posting about my WIPs over the last few months.  There’s been a lot of manic spring cleaning and decorating, not to mention finally dealing with all of the stuff from the loft that had to come down when I had new insulation put in. I now have a loft full of fluffy insulation and no storage space, so the boxes and boxes of things I’d kept from when the kids were little needed to be gone through and sold/donated/stored properly.

I also have a kitchen with paint on ALL FOUR WALLS AND THE CEILING!! and a fresh white (instead of pastel blue and yellow from over a decade ago) back room with my doodled daisies painted on the wall too. I’ve been doodling five-petalled daisies for months now, so I thought I’d put them on my wall.

Yay, this is my new creative space that also serves as a dealing-with-household-bills-and-writing-essays-for-college space.

Back to the WIPs, my pile of shame  is still shameful. I can see a time when I give up on some of these mending and alterations and just donate or recycle them.

The cloak for this costume is still cut out and waiting to be sewn (cloaks are a big project and this one in particular is huge, therefore a small amount of procrastination may be happening).

I did upcycle a skirt into this tote bag for me and it has made me very happy !! It fits all my stuff perfectly and I can carry it on my shoulder or in my hand.

My most recent project has been to make a slip cover for my footstool. I bought this footstool in ebay about a year ago, and love its height and size (high enough to rest my feet on, big enough to be extra seating if needed), but not the original upholstery fabric.
A bit brown for me, I saw this tutorial and though, yes, I’ll do that for my footstool. I found some fabric in my stash (just don’t ask how big my stash is: I’m a hoarder, OK?) that goes beautifully with the upholstered blanket box (also extra seating, plus hiding space for some of my stash), my navy sofa, and the natural wood and wicker baskets that are in that room too. .
Last weekend, with an hour to kill before Mr CB arrived, I decided to go for it.
I didn’t really follow the tutorial at all, I just pinned the fabric to the stool and marked where I needed to sew, I also made a lining exactly the same way and sewed them right sides together so that all of the manky bits would be hidden.
You can see that I stopped at the stage where it is usable, I just need to add some elastic around the bottom of it so that it’s not so baggy. I did iron it all before I sewed it, but the fabric is a linen mix, so the creases are expensive creases.
I’m pretty happy with it though. All part of my master plan to make my living room look presentable.

Happy Wednesday!

Claire Bear

WIP Wednesday (iknead2knit.wordpress.com)
WIP Wednesday (onlymuttix.wordpress.com)
light to a sunrise {wip} (piecinglight.wordpress.com)
A little “Lotta” Chevron Quilt- WIP (bloomingpoppies.wordpress.com)

 

WIPs on Wednesday

It’s been a while since I posted about my WIPs so I thought I’d give you an update.

The pile of shame

 (aka, my mending and alteration) is still shameful.

This fabric

is still cut-out-and-waiting to be turned into a cloak for this costume

On the upside, this fabric

that started life as a skirt has now been upcycled into a tote bag for me!!

Yippee! (love the funky chicken lining)

linking up to

Lily's Quilts

Happy Wednesday!

Claire Bear

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