Posted on Friday the 25th October 2013 by Handmade Jane
It's Minerva Crafts Blogger Network time and yet again I've failed miserably in the "match the project to the weather/season when the post goes out" stakes. In my defence, we have to order the fabric for our projects three months in advance and I clearly wasn't thinking October weather when I planned this make back in June. Anyway, if you can suspend your disbelief for a second, I present my October project - a holiday bag!!!
I chose the same strawberry print fabric that Winnie used for her full skirted dress
, and If I'm honest I did have a bit of a "doh" moment when I first saw her post. Why didn't I think to use the fabric to make a dress?! It's perfect and the lines of strawberries and gingham are very reminiscent of Horrockses fabrics. Anyway, my strawberry fabric became a bag, and a damn fine one at that. It's reversible and the lining fabric is a plain red gingham fabric
(what else?!) I love how the two fabrics look together.
I made this bag specifically to take on holiday in August and it co-ordinated perfectly with my entire holiday wardrobe! The pattern I used was Amy Butler's Swing Bag, which I tracked down after seeing Karen's typewriter bag
on her blog. Karen declares the bag a veritable Tardis and she's not wrong - it held absolutely tons of stuff on holiday - water bottles, arm bands, purse, bunch of bananas, beach ball, fondue set, cuddly toy - you name it, this bag will hold it, no problem.
The one thing I didn't take into account when I made the bag was where to put my phone/keys, lippie etc. I wasn't fore sighted enough to include a phone section or a zipped pocket. I did have a bit of fabric left over though, so I whipped up a matching zipped purse to use with the bag - perfect for stashing all your important bits in one place.
I promise that my next Minerva project will be weather appropriate! x