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Friday, May 14, 2010

What's That in My Flowering Cherry Tree?

Why, it's my just completed rose-in-the-heart handbag! I could not resist the photo opportunity the pink-flowering tree provided. As you can see in the photo below, this one is a shoulder bag.

Here is a close up of the lacy flap.

I lined it in the burgundy color of the rose.

I used the waistband of the pants as the side gussets--is that the correct term? Hmmm..not sure...anyway it's the side panels.
First I cut off the belt loops and used two of them to attach the shoulder strap. The waist band worked great as side gussets because the band was already sturdy with double fabric and interfacing.

I am pretty happy with this bag, but it's not perfect. The next time I wear a pink jacket, I will carry this one, but I still need to work on the top closing. I like the magnetic closure, and I like seeing the lining on the open sides. But when it gets full of all that stuff we ladies carry, it tends to pull apart at the top. I should have put two more magnetic closures on the top before I did the lining. It's too late now, but I will remember that for the next one.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Use for One of the Rose-in-a-Heart Blocks

I am in the mood to sew, but *gasp* I have no projects in the making. Let me rephrase that--I have plenty of projects in the "needs-quilting" stage, but I am in the mood to create something new, yet I don't want to start at the very beginning.

I searched my little pile of completed orphan blocks. I found two of these heart blocks.

Because I bought black eyeglasses with pink on the sides,
I've been wearing a lot of pink and black. I decided to make a handbag to go with some of those outfits.

I had accidentally cut a hole in a pair of my black pants and decided to use those to make a handbag. The black fabric would be a identical to the black pants I wear (I buy multiples of the same pant and wear them almost every day to work).

So I cut up the pants and started adding black borders. So far I am here:

I have no idea what I will end up with, but I think I need to incorporate some of that background white/tan into the bag. I will have to think about it for a bit.

Stay tuned because I will post the final results as soon as I get it done.
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