Friday, May 17, 2013

Eclectic Elements Fabric Bags

Hi everyone!  Glad your here to see some of the things I made using Tim's new fabric, Eclectic Elements.
Today, it's all about bags.
This one is purse size.  I sewed pieces of the new fabric together like I was making a quilt top.  Once the pieces were together I folded the top and bottom under and sewed it to a heavy canvas base.  Do you remember when I made the sewing machine cover?   I made the purse exactly the same way...it's just right side up and smaller in size.  Next, I added the vintage buttons and the lace and trim I purchased at the flea market in France. 
The difference between the purse and the sewing machine cover is that I created a lining piece (exact same way as the bag) and slipped it inside the purse.  Of course the raw edges from the purse and lining needed to be covered so I made my own bias tape to encase them at the top.  Again, just like the sewing machine cover where I used a store-bought red bias tape to finish the bottom edge. 


The second bag is tote bag size.  Same basic principle, but this one has added panels on each side and a store-bought webbing for the handle.  A bag this size can carry a lot of stuff, so I thought the webbing handles would be more practical.

I worked on the pocket as a separate piece, doing all the stitching around the wool flowers that I cut out using the Tattered Floral die.  The steel rule die cuts the flower perfectly, even from wool!
  I finished stitching the flowers, then added the beads before I sewed the pocket to the bag front. 
Hope you are inspired this week by all the projects!  I love sewing so this has been really fun working with all the fabrics.  

For more inspiration visit Sande Krieger's blog tomorrow.  She made some really cute things I think you are going to love...I hope one of them doesn't fly away before you get there (hint, hint).

Tuesday, May 14th - Tammy Tutterow  

Wednesday, May 15th - Richele Christensen

Thursday, May 16th - Chelle Fowler

Friday, May 17th - me!
Saturday, May 18th - Sande Krieger 
Sunday, May 19th - Kerry Lynn Yeary


By the time you read this post I will be in Portland at Quilt Market with Tim and Mario...looking forward to a great weekend!
Cheers!
paula
oh, and ps...there are more projects coming next week...and a tutorial or two, just saying.

31 comments:

  1. Woohooooooooo, great work !!
    Wish I could sewing *cry
    but the bags you´ve made are both wonderfull
    Hugs and have fun with both *smile
    CU hellerlittle

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  2. You are just fantastic Paula Chaney!!!!

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  3. my goodness....i absolutly love, love your bag! i'm turning very green right now :) thanks for all the inspiration!

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  4. fantastic!!! love them both...I just adore all the little vintage touches that you added!! thank you for your inspiration...must dust off the seeing machine now!!

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  6. Fabulous bags. The tote pocket is uber chic. These fabrics are fabulous and I must get some. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

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  7. OMG!!!! Looooove, love, love!!! Gorgeous. I can't wait to get my hands on some fabric - I've got some vintage lace that I've been dying to find the right project for. This is it! Have fun in Portland!

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  8. Gorgeous!! The vintage embroidered fabric and the way you grouped the buttons is so beautiful. Not to forget the wool flowers on the other bag......Wow.

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  9. Oh wow, these bags are AWESOME!!

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  10. Adorable! Makes me want to pull my machine out again. I can't wait to see what Sande makes.

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  11. My initials are A.H.! LOL!!! WOW!!! Gorgeous! Love the design, and all the fabrics you used! This is the coolest thing he's done yet I think! Love your bag, lady!!!!!

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  12. Fabulous bag. I can't wait to get
    my hands on some of that fabric.

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  13. So cooooooolllllll! Love the bags. Tutorial, pleeeeeeeease . . . I do not sew much, but I think I can handle making a bag or two. Thanks!

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  14. Your creations are amazing as always...just couldn't wait until you shared what you made. Can't wait to get my hands on some of this yummy fabric. Thanks again and again.

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  15. Paula, these are fabulous. I must find these fabrics and play with them. I have been wanting to design bags to sell and some to give to the bagshare at my local coop store. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  16. I'm in love with these fabrics! I want this bag! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing! BArbarayaya

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  17. I'm such a bag lady and these are to die for!! So gorgeous! The embellishments are perfect!

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  18. Land O' Goshen, Paula! Beautiful bags, both of them. Would love to see them both in real life since I know the pics don't do art like we do justice. Hope you're having a blast at the fabric show.

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  19. I have an old Singer sewing machine that was a wedding gift to a family member in 1939! I revere that thing and am thinking it would be perfect to turn out something as beautiful as your 2 bags, they are truly gorgeous. I'm in total envy. The flowers look marvy and the color is to die for. ( Love that ribbon with your initials, did you actually find that, or stamp it yourself? If it's the latter, what inks work best on what type of ribbon? ) Thanks.

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  20. You have done a beautiful job! So creative, and lovin the fun little elements you added.

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  21. Okay, Paula, you've knocked my socks off. I mean it-- they're over there across the room. Brilliant, beautiful, envy-inducing creations here. I can't WAIT to get my hands on that fabric so I can... do a much less awesome job with it than you did (but I'll still enjoy it).

    xoxo

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  22. OMG LUCKY LADY !!! These bags are gorgeously fabulous !!!

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  23. Your purse and bag are stunning Paula. I love how much of your vintage findings from your antiquing you included to make the purse a real one of a kind treasure. Tim is so lucky to have you working your magic with his products...Have fun at the show.

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  24. Oh for gorgeousness! I love the palette.

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  25. OMG Paula. Very nice to say the least. That tote is gorgeous. You added the right touches to make your fabric creations in the pics flow like a romantic story. Isn't love great!

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  26. Again, just like the sewing machine design a carrier bag cover where I used a store-bought red bias tape to finish the bottom edge.

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  27. This one is purse size. I sewed pieces of the new fabric together like I was making a quilt top. Once the pieces were together I folded the top and bottom under and sewed it to a heavy canvas base. personalised carrier bags

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  28. I made my own bias tape to encase them at the top. Again, just like the sewing machine cover where I used a store-bought red bias tape to finish the bottom edge. customized carrier bags

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