Friendship group days are a treat!

Yesterday was our first friendship sewing day for 2012 … well almost, as we did have a quilter’s shopping day out earlier in the month.

Our “shopping road trip” had been carefully planned by one of our group. She mapped out a trip around the inner Melbourne suburbs, taking us to a Japanese textile warehouse, a craft bookshop, a dedicated patchwork shop and others selling decorator cotton & silk fabrics plus a button specialist and of course great lunch & coffee stops.

We all  said: “Oh, I hadn’t planned to spend very much”, as we opened our wallets and added to our stash.

I added some lovely Japanese silk panels, plus a piece of textured cotton decorator fabric, to my stash and it was this last piece that I used yesterday.

The fabrics that I used at our "bag lady" day. The white textured fabric on the left was one of my new acquisitions. The floral fabric came out of my existing stash.

Our first stitching meeting for 2012 was dubbed ‘the bag ladies day’. We had a shared lunch, took along our collections of handmade bags for show and tell,  and made new bags of all types … embroidery, knitted, sashiko and pieced.

We did try to be healthy ... we ate our salads before we finished the day with dessert

I had a great time, making a lovely summery bag, using  the “For Pleat’s Sake” bag,  a free pattern from Lisa at U-handbags.

I made the outer bag with the new white textured fabric and used some floral fabric from my stash to make the lining.

I did add some inside pockets and a base when I made my bag, as I just have to have a pocket for my keys & phone,  but the standard bag pattern was very easy to follow.

I love my new pleated handbag

I rarely get things finished on sewing day, but I love the patterns from U-handbags and I was determined to finish this neat bag.

Thanks for sharing Lisa, I can’t wait to use my new bag.

6 Responses

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  2. Jenny,
    What beautiful fabric. I will have to have a go as it looks really easy to make. Like the idea of pockets and the base.

    • Hi Denise, I used the interfacing on the pocket fabric and added the pocket panel to the lining as a full width of the bag (with a seam in centre).

      Then I continued to follow the pattern to make the lining “bag” and join it to the main “bag” fabric.

      I probably didn’t need to make the pocket quite as wide as I did. A smaller pocket with a zip would work as well.

  3. The handbag is wonderful! The textured fabric is delicious.

  4. Would you be willing to share the decorator shops you visited as I am looking for fabric for new dining chair seats.

    • Hi Lesley, As I wasn’t driving, I didn’t pay attention to some of the street names. I know that the bag fabric came from a shop in Brunswick St, Cotton House (I think it was called). We also went to Rathdowne Remnants (this is not in Rathdowne St). I will have to check on the name of the Japanese warehouse, off Church St, in Richmond. We walked passed lots of decorator shops in Church St, as we were going to the warehouse.

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