Friday, 17 October 2008

A quicker make

A few months ago I made this bag, which drove me slightly potty in the process. Well, it has been much admired - the fabric that is, not my bag making abilities. So this is version two, made as a gift to a friend. And this time it worked almost effortlessly (except I did take a few months to get round to it. I blame technical difficulties with my now redundant sewing machine. Nothing to do with procrastination).


I don't have any little 'pebbledash' labels to sew in to the side seam, so to make it more 'mine' I drilled two holes in a pebble to make a button for a tab.


Wish I had one on my bag now. And I need a smaller drill bit so the holes are neater. But I am pleased, and my finishing is better this time (I love my new machine!). Best of all, my friend loves it, and that's what really matters.

Have a happy weekend. I'm going foraging with Fat Hen (there'll be lots of cooking and eating too).

19 comments:

Gina said...

Lovely bag Diana and the button detail is just beautiful.

Heart in the country said...

The pebble 'button' blends really well with the bag Diana. I'm not surprised your friend was pleased with it:0)

Happy Foraging!

Kx

Sally Anne said...

Oh, oh it's gorgeous Diana.I love the pebble button and the fabric.

The Quiet Life said...

I love the pebble. What a wonderful way to add your signature!

Cocoa and blankets said...

Oh Diana I am in love with the bag and the pebble - I must try and get round Mr Bricolage and see if he will get his drill out!! I love 'Hulme sweet Hulme' because they put pebbles on eveything. The fabric is lovely where did you get it???
Love and hugs H

Irene said...

The pebble is ingenious and I am green with envy at you artistic handy types. Can you see the green glow over there? I have a new sewing machine and there is no excuse for me not to try this, but intimidation and no one to hold my hand. How do you drill holes in a stone?

Liz said...

The bag is gorgeous and the pebble is the perfect finishing touch.

dottycookie said...

Really lovely, Diana. You are brave to drill pebbles, but it is absolutely the perfect finishing touch.

Good luck with the foraging!

Meadowlark Days said...

it's beautiful!

Tilly said...

Love the bag and the pebble is a great idea. I'm so in need of a new sewing machine!

Ali said...

Your pebble button is beautiful! I love the idea of drilling holes in pebbles, but am too nervous of wrecking Hubby's drill bits. Did you need a special one?

suzanne said...

Ingenious! It looks great - lovely ideax

carolyn said...

The pebble button is such a brilliant idea, looks wonderful.

Cowboys and Custard said...

Your perseverance paid off and was worth every wonderful stitch.. beautiful bag and gorgeous colours!

Michele xx

Pipany said...

Oh I missed this one Diana. I love that bag and the pebble button is inspired. Well done you!

A new machine? No more Toyota tension probs - oh now I have deep envy!!! Hope you had a great time foraging and looking forward to hearing all about it xxknzzya

julia said...

Wow, the idea with the pebble is beautiful. How did you do it so it didn't break in the process ?

LOUISE said...

How great to use a pebble as your trademark. You really must use these on other items you make, it really is such a brilliant idea. I hope you enjoy your foraging, the Fat Hen base looks a great place to visit. x

nimblejacks said...

Beautiful bag I want one!!
Just come across your blog you could be us in Gower, swansea. We bought our barn in 99 and inbetwwen now and then had 2 offspring now 7 and 5 I always say it was our 3rd child doing abrn conversion on our own with no builders and living in a caravan! Exploding boilers, frozen toilets, wobbling walls in the wind, storm, flood( literally), burglers you name it. I think we are knackered for good reason"! wouldn' tnot have done it though and we live in such a lovely place like you it was well worth it. Our garden's matruing the kids love the space and finally I have time for felting, sewing and cooking and hubby can go fish! Yay. Lovely lovely blogxx claire

A Day That Is Dessert said...

beautiful bag! I love the fabric and the button.