Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sunday Sewing

Hello Lovelies, I do hope you are all well and happy.  I am desperately trying to catch up with everything and keeping myself busy. I am sorry that I haven't caught up with all your lovely posts as yet but I promise I will do it this week.  I have been sewing flat out so as not to give myself a minute to think but tonight I wanted to share something I made this weekend which I have fallen in love with.  I do hope you have all had some good weather - we have had a mixture today including rain, hailstone and some sleet and some sunshine so lots to choose from!
 As you probably know if you have read my blog before, I am a big fan of the lovely Lillyblossom and I have used a lot of Helen's patterns.  In fact when I started sewing I used one of her lovely bag patterns and was so amazed how easy it was to follow.  I noticed on Thursday that she had a new pattern for a bag which I absolutely loved so I bought it from her Etsy shop. 
This photograph doesn't do it justice as the colours are just fabulous.  I have never sewing pleats before but wanted to make a new holiday bag for my lovely daughter-in-law.  I did one for her last year and she loved it so I thought it was time for a new one for this year's holidays.  On Friday afternoon I have some time off work in the late afternoon so I popped over to Abakahn to see what they had in.  I knew that I wanted something bright and summery.
I thought that these fabrics were so cute - L absolutely loves beach huts so I am hoping that this will be a hit with her.  I love the blue spotted fabric and it matched well with the beach hut colours.  I hope you all like it. 
I don't know why but I have taken to inserting some design features inside bags now as well as outside.  I think it adds some interest and maybe a little surprise.  For this one I wanted to put some individual huts with initials of the family on each one, plus of course, some of my lovely buttons, always a favourite with me.
The fabric was a dream to sew, such good quality and easy to put together and the inserts fitted in well.  I must say that I was worried about the pleats but they were just easy to put together and finish.  Thank you Helen.
I appliqued a beach hut for all the little Peeps and their Mum and Dad so I hope it brings a smile to their faces.
I am so pleased with the finished bag and feel that it is the best one I have made so far.  However, there were some hiccups as I did find that the amount of fabric and liner quite bulky when I was sewing so I need to trim back either further next time.  I have enough fabric left over for two mini beach bags for the little Peeps which I will show you once I have finished them.  I thought I could fill them with little 'holiday' goodies for them all.  Do you like it?
I am already thinking of other fabrics to use and may make one for myself even.  It is funny how working with a particularly sunny fabric can help your mood, this one certainly did today and I had a big urge to motor down to the beach - however it was sleeting at the time so might have been a bit chilly for swimming.
Sorry it was such a short post today Folks but I need to keep writing and keeping up with all your lovely blogs.  I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday wherever in the world you are.  Keep safe and happy always.  Sending you all lots of loves and hugs as always.  Dorothy :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxx


  1. That is lovely. Such cheerful fabric - I know what you mean about wanting to go to the beach. :-D And the little huts inside is just so sweet. I think it's cheered you up too, making it? Jude.x

  2. The beach huts would definitely bring a smile to my face. The finished bag is grogeous. Have a good week, Dorothy.
    Jacqui x

  3. That's a great holiday bag and to think it is the only one like it in the world is amazing.

  4. Another great bag Dorothy, and I so love how you always go the extra mile with the additional bits and pieces . . . a beach hut each this time eh . . . that's so cute and very thoughtful and loving! The fabrics are great too and I'm sure the bag will be much loved by your DIL! I hope your week is relaxed and easy!
    Much love, Joy xoxo

  5. They will love those bags, the fabric is perfect isn't it? I think you have mastered the 'pleat' Jo x

  6. Lovely bag, so cheery, love the little beach huts, I'm sure it will be loved by your DIL and family

  7. Such a gorgeous bag Dorothy! Really pretty fabric, I have a bit of a thing for beach huts and this fabric is so lovely. I am sure this will be a really well loved bag. Wishing you a lovely week.
    Marianne x

  8. So pretty Dorothy, love the little touches on the inside and your cute little buttons to embellish it! I hope that you have a good week. Happy sewing. xx

  9. Wow Dorothy what a fab bag, I'm sure your daughter will love it especially the way you have personalised it.
    Take care Dorothy and I hope this week passes ok for you
    Jackie x

  10. What a fabby pattern and I love the fabrics you have chosen.
    You have been a busy bee haven't you? I have also spent the whole weekend sewing. Great isn't it?
    Hugs x

  11. I adore your bag. It's just too cute.
    For some reason your blog hasn't been coming up in my feed. I was concerned about you, so I popped over. Glad you're okay.
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

  12. I keep hearing seagulls overhead ... do you hear them? The fabric is so cute, and the bag is really sharp looking. This will be a favourite holiday beach bag for sure! Love the detail of the initials on the huts, and I'll bet your grandkids will love that too. Enjoy the rest of your week Dorothy! Wendy x

  13. You have done such a lovely job with this bag Dorothy, and I love the pretty details on the inside too!! Sending you much love xoxo

  14. Such a gorgeous bag Dorothy! I love the beach hut fabric and the pretty blue polka dots, and what a lovely pattern! You have done a great job sewing it! I like all the little details very much.
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  15. Gorgeous fabric beautifully stitched up. The personalisation is a touch of genius - You are sew clever!

  16. Beautiful bag Dorothy makes you think of Summer. Hope you feeling better xx

  17. I'm loving how it turned out Dorothy, thank you for sharing your experience of using the pattern with everyone.. I've shared on my facebook shop page.. keep up the wonderful sewing.. sending best wishes
    Helen Newton

  18. Oh what a lovely bag...anything with houses on it is so cute...and those houses on the inside...very clever! Have a really good week Dorothy!