Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Large Handbags & A Mini Quilt


Thought my pesky knee injury was on the mend, was back at work (except the kneeling to weed bit), dog walking keeping up with marching Olwen and her terrier, Archie. Things were looking up, until I stepped down onto my newly mended knee.  It prompty gave way, Olwen went to get the car as I couldn't walk back home, while she was away, I fainted with the pain (what a wimp) cracking my head on the way down!  I am beginning to think that I am the most accident prone idiot I know.  Had been really careful about not stepping down onto my left leg while it was sore forgot when it stopped hurting.  Doh.

Anyway, a few days off, yesterday at the hospital.  Today, finishing off a shopping/hand bag.  I bought the pattern from a company called Monkey Buttons at the quilt show.  I had made a girly pink version to try the pattern out a couple of weeks ago.

Have had this label print cotton linen look fabric for a while, its ideal for machine quilting, straight lines around the labels and free motion on the sewing bits.  The more you quilt, the more fabric stiffen so your bag stands up.

I don't wear a lot of pink so made another one using some vintage suiting fabric (I made a jacket out of this material when I was teenager for my sewing exam at school many years ago).  The leather bit came from an off-cut from the furniture factory in the village.

Used vintage buttons on it which I think are 1930's buttons with the buttonholes made with the aid of my Griest Automatic buttonholer attachment on the Singer 201K.  Lined with Liberty Lawn fabric.

A tiny mini quilt was yesterday afternoon's effort after spending the morning in A& E getting my head bump checked out and knee xrayed!  I decided that sewing would take my mind off sore heads and knees.  Please note if you spot any mistakes in my sewing, I can blame the bump on the head!



  1. Hope you're feeling better, your bags are great, I love the pink fabric, who makes it?

  2. No makers name on the tiny bit of selvedge I have left. Can't remember where I bought it, think that I got it off Ebay. Try searching for Cotton Linen Look Fabric. I did get some of this type of fabric from the Fent Shop in Skipton but I think that was a butterfly design, really nice. I have bought from Favourite Fabrics on Ebay but again, same type fabric but diff design. I have had the fabric for a few years now. Good luck in finding it. Thank you for your kind comments, I am feeling more awake today thank goodness.

  3. Hope you get properly better soon! I like the second bag and the mini quilt.

    1. Thanks Lizzie, used the 201, it just got through all the layers on the leather 2nd one, if I had a modern machine it wouldn't have worked. X

  4. It's amazing how different both bags look and I absolutely adore the leather version, it is stunning! Sorry to hear about your knee and I hope you see an improvement very soon. Happy Easter xx