In preparation for a long awaited visit to family in France, I decided to make three little bags to take as gifts. Rather than making them one at a time I decided to do the production line thing, which I've found in the past works quite well and saves a bit of time. I chose two William Morris fabrics: 'Strawberry Thief' and 'Snakeshead' (named after the fritillery not the reptile!) and a 50's reprint of a classic mid-century modern design 'Mobiles'.
I cut out two "Poppy" cross body bags and a variant of that design that allows for the cross body strap to be clipped on the side along with a partner strap the other side, to convert it into a backpack. I sewed the zipped pockets onto each front and then tacked wadding on to each piece.
Next I sewed the side and bottom seams, attached some plastic mesh to strengthen the base, and turned them right side out. Eight fiddly loop holders were sewn and attached to the top sides of each bag with two extra at the bottom of the backpack.
Just the linings to do now with their inner pockets and a zip top closure!
Update: Now back from our french holiday I can now report the bags were well received!
I make no excuses for not having visited this page for so long, but I thought it about time I gave a quick update and show you what I've made since the beginning of the year.
Two lovely ladies sadly left the team that I used to work with, however I was delighted and honoured to be asked to make a part of their leaving gifts.
Both were made to the same pattern - my 'Rosa' design, but look what a difference the choice of fabric makes! This design has become a favourite to make and receive it seems! Let me know if you'd like one in your own choice of fabric.
Having ordered more fabric from my favourite designer Heather Moore at Skinny laminx, it arrived within 4 days all the way from South Africa, and I set about turning it into yet another 'Rosa'. It makes a lovely summery bag, don't you think? Still available at £80 (inc p+p within UK) Contact me if you're interested in purchasing.
These measure nine by five and a half inches and make a lovely cosmetic purse, pencil case or whatever you wish to fill them with...? Superb little Christmas presents available from the William Morris gallery from November.
So finally I've come to the end of this marathon make! Its been a real joy choosing which fabrics to use and seeing how stunning the items can look, made in these beautiful fabric designs! Delivery next week to the William Morris Gallery for their Christmas shop. Hope they sell well!
William Morris ~ Toots Tiny Totes
Cute tiny totes for little people, a couple come with a little friend in the pocket! These take a surprising number of little books or games for a day at Grannie's!
I love these colour combinations. The greens and orange mirror the honeysuckle but who would expect coral to look so good with this deep burgundy in the Granville design?
Exotic fabrics lend themselves to elegant clutch bags lined with dupion silk, of course-what else?
I've made a good start on the William Morris bespoke range for Christmas-three down, sixteen to go! These fabrics are a delight to work with and finding just the right bits and bobs to coordinate with them is a enjoyable challenge.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. William Morris
William Morris's beautiful floral designs are as fresh and contemporary as they were in the 1880's.
I am very pleased to say that I had a most positive response from the William Morris Gallery who have ordered twenty bespoke items as a Christmas range.
I already have a couple of fabric pieces to start on - so to work - no time to shirk - I need to make something useful and beautiful by late November!
Hello, I'm Ruth Overton. My nickname as a child was 'Ruthie Toots' which is how the name