The Heligan Bag - Adventures in Hand Sewing
Texere Yarns. You can buy their textured yarn packs as I have used right here http://www.texere-yarns.co.uk/texereshop/Textured_Yarn_Packs.html
There is some floss there too and those ivy leaves are cut from some soft dark green gloving leather which I was given. Sorry, I have no source for this and wish I had as leather is difficult to get hold of. The handle remains painted and is shoulder bag length. To make your own with your own photos (or use mine, why not) here is the pattern for the front:
And here for the back:
Ivy leaf pattern for the large leaf:
To make just do the following:
Cut out two backs and two fronts plus a strap (try measuring your favorite bag strap for length)
Paint the background with fabric paints on one back, one front and the strap. Leave to dry and heat fix with an iron.
Decorate with stitches, leather leaves and anything else that comes to hand. Hey, its your bag after all!
Follow above instructions for the strap.
Right sides together, stitch front to front lining and back to back lining leaving a space at the bottom of about 2". Turn to right side and stitch up the space with neat oversewing. Press well.
Place front on top of back and stitch all around the front, leaving the top open of course.
Attach straps by turning in a bit at each end and stitching under the part where the back flops over.
You now need a fastening of some kind and I used a largish press stud sewn under the flap with one part on the front and the other just on the lining of the back and thus invisible. Nobody really wants to see a press stud after all.
Your bag is ready to roll.
Sewing World - September 2012Have you got yours yet? Time to visit Smith's or even better, take out a subscription so you don't miss anything. If you have it turn to page 47 and you can see my Pretty Pintuck Shirt, all ready to team with your favorite trousers when it gets too cold to wear that sundress. I did not take a photo of it, such was my haste to make that deadline. Visit the site right here for some free projects and more.
Actually, the magazine might not even be out quite yet at the time of me typing this but by the time you read this I am sure it will be.