It is so lovely outside, even though it has been drizzling and its a little on the chilly side. The trees are blooming and the bulbs have pushed through the soil. The pastel petals from the trees have fallen like bits of confetti and are littering the streets and sidewalks and the winds are swirling them gently. All of this pastel beauty has inspired me to make something springy. This weather, with its light rain, is the perfectly cozy kind that makes you want to snuggle warmly in your house and create.
I was blessed to be gifted with about a truckload of fabric samples from a very kind designer, Don Brady, who is my friend. One day when I was in his studio I mentioned that if he ever wanted to get rid of the samples I would love to take them off his hands. Well, he showed up at my door with about 12 garbage sacks full of prizes. It was better than Christmas! I had fun sorting through them and dreaming up what I could do with all of them.
A few weeks ago I bought the tenth issue of the British crafting magazine, Mollie Makes. There was an article and a pattern for making these darling messenger bags designed by, Jane Hughes. The bags were constructed of sweet, vintage fabrics and trims. She used old curtain and fabric from vintage dresses and such. I fell instantly in love with them.
Hmmm, I thought, these would be perfect for a springy project and I could use my fabric samples, vintage fabrics, and stash of vintage and new trims! So I worked up a pattern, ironed the fabrics I was going to use, and set to cutting them out.
The messenger bag sewed up so quickly and easily.
This would be a great project for a beginning seamstress, since the photos in the article were awesome and the directions were clear and concise.
Now I am going to dump out my old purse and clean out the gum wrappers and receipts that have been lurking in the bottom. I can’t wait to fill my new messenger bag with all the girly stuff I need. Now I am all set with a new spring bag!
This was fun posting on the blog (after a few errors and losing my original posting, somehow). Wishing you happy art, crafting, and love from, Cheryl Tempest Burton.