Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Scrap Bag Swap 2013 and Wallet to Tote

First off I want to say thankyou to everyone for all the lovely words you left behind from my last post.
I've listened and have been taking things slow and putting my feet up.......its a work in progress x

During my time out, I've been stitching to soothe my soul and I have created this tote for my Scrap bag swap recipient.

But it's a tote with a twist!

You can fold it up, and zip it into a little pouch..

complete with a little pocket.....could be a good place for a few tissues?

I made this with my recipient in mind... being a busy mum I thought this little tote would be the perfect addition thrown into the bottom of her bag......ready for use when the occasion arises.  
And did you note I used some of the fabric from those pillowcases I scored recently?

As for the pattern I've had it pinned to my pinterest board for a while now.  Its by Lorraine from Ikat bag ....
and this was the perfect opportunity to finally try the 
It is very well written and there are loads of pictures to help you through the process )

As for the little bird, another pinterest pin.....
This sweet free embroidery pattern came from Gennines Art blog
which you can find here.

I decided to use different shades of grey with a pop of golden brown, keeping it simple against the lemony floral background.

And then there are the goodies I've stashed inside....

Loads of retro prints and vintage floral scraps.....complete with a selection of vintage laces I've collected over the years...
since the pic, I added a few more fabrics......
I'm crossing fingers that when she opens the package she'll be pleasantly surprised :)

I can't wait to receive mine!!!!

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Mrs A said...Best Blogger Tips

That is impressive!!!

Mrs A said...Best Blogger Tips

That is impressive!!!

Leonie said...Best Blogger Tips

Wow Laura - cute and clever and gorgeous! No doubt she'll be stoked! x

Fay said...Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous bag!

Sophie Slim said...Best Blogger Tips

WOWOWOW!! I'm not a part of the swap but I am just blown away by how clever people can be with a simple scrap bag!! Its incredible. Kinda glad I didn't join, I probably would have done a rubbish job at a simple drawstring bag and be feeling very silly right about now! Yours is fab, love it!

Sammy said...Best Blogger Tips

It's gorgeous and your swap partner will LOVE it! Clever girl xx

Tartankiwi said...Best Blogger Tips

I've had that pattern pinned for a while too and even got as far as printing out the pattern, but somehow the project got abandoned (oops!).
I LOVE your one (tour embroidered bird is so beautiful and the colours are perfect!). You've inspired me, I might just have to have a go at making one after all!

Schulz Family said...Best Blogger Tips

Wow - I love this. What a cool cool idea. So handy to have

CHD said...Best Blogger Tips

That looks amazing. I'm going to go and check out that pattern. I love your fabric choice and the bird detail. Very sweet. Cx

Lisa D said...Best Blogger Tips

Wow love it.. love the fabric too

Miriam said...Best Blogger Tips

It's totally beautiful Laura. The stitching on the bird looks phenomenal (no surprises there) the lace and fabric look beautiful too. Bet your partner will be thrilled.

Leanne M said...Best Blogger Tips

Oh. My. God. That bag! Those trims! Those fabrics! That embroidered bird! Totally amazing!!! I've been having a go at cross-stitching and you would laugh your head off at my attempt. I'm not even in the swap but I want to be your swap buddy. Your swap partner won't mind at all if you switch her out for me. Promise. Thanks for coming over to visit my blog by the way.

Flower said...Best Blogger Tips

Well I can tell you she did love it! You are totally AMAZING & I am seriously a lucky woman. The colours are beautiful, as are the fabrics inside. My 9 year old daughter opened it with me and she was in total awe of your birdy embroidery (I have that bird template.....hiding in a drawer somewhere!)Thank you, thank you, thank you xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Bron said...Best Blogger Tips

That is the most awesome gift...i would be so excited to receive that in the mail. Such a thoughtful gift.

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