Tuesday, August 11, 2009

All In A Day - OR 2!

Yesterday I finished up a Beach Bag I was making for a friend and I think it turn out awesome; maybe the best one yet. I've been hoping to get some quick projects done as I plan to pack up my sewing room. I think I'm going to miss this room. I finally got it worked out but never really got a chance to use it fully. Well, I guess that's the way it goes sometimes?

The bag does not take that long to do and I had the material already, only thing that I need was the webbing for the handles I used cotton. Finding 1-1/2 inch width was a job and I plan to (if I have the funds) buy it when I see it. Or on the web through my web portal -where virtually everything is at your finger tips. Okay I'm being facetious - but you really can find anything in there.
The pattern for the bag was found on the web at: http://www.mckennalinn.com/Tote.pdf It took me some time to locate it I printed the instructions out in 2001. I used a cotton Duck Canvas that will hold up. This fabric is used for a lot of outdoor type projects. I've been thinking for years of making a hammock and there's so many pretty colors and prints out there for use.

Another project I've been working of for a number of years now (silly me) is a bag or tote of my own made with my Gramma's remnants of once beautiful draperies. I do have full size pieces of this beautiful vintage material but I using pieces from it that had been already sewn together something she and her sister Margaret were making. You never throw things out you find new and creative ways to use it!
I've been working on an idea in my head for awhile now I've putting to use not only the remnants from Gram but my "favorite" jeans. Also I have some glass seed/beads I've been adding here and there to dress it up a bit. soon (I'm hoping) I have it done. If not here at my next stop.


Becky said...

You are amazing! The bag is beautiful and I love your gramma's material - how special that will be to you to have something made from it!! How do you find the time and energy and creativity that you have????

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the colors of the beach bag! You are very creative! More than sewing I am more of a knitter and cross stitcher, so I enjoy seeing your different creations from sewing. :0) Have a wonderful day! ~Eileen

Refracted Lite said...

Thanks girls for the nice comments. How I find the time, I don't know exactly. Becky I want you to know you've been a dear friend and I made the beach bag for you. No it's getting it over there.
I like cross stitching but I don't did it that much, my daughter n law Julie can cross stitch faster than anyone I know. Her work is beautiful.
I hope you both have an awesome day.

Becky said...

Oh my - I don't know what to say! It's beautiful and I can't wait to use it!! Meara and I go a lot of places these days that we take along a bag to carry our water, sunscreen, etc. - especially the zoo. I bought a grandparents pass last week and we have gone the last two Saturdays and are planning on going tomorrow, too (just she and I).

If you are ever in the area or if I can meet you half way and buy you lunch please let me know.

Becky said...

I love new picture and background color!! What a nice surprise!