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