A month ago we had lovely warm sunny weather and I was thinking of summer projects. Just then, I received an email from Sew Mama Sew asking for submissions. This is nothing special, I have subscribed to those emails and they get sent out once every few months I think. I never dare reply to them...
This time, however, the email stuck in my mind. They were asking for bloggers to make a summer bag using new Manchester Metallics and any other Kaufman solid fabric. Straight away I saw a bag in my mind's eye! So, after deliberating and a lot of hesitation (will I, won't I...), I sent a last minute email outlining my idea, offering to sew the bag and blog about it, including some links to my blog as required, and waited...
After a week of silence, I had to conclude that they would not take me up on my offer. Maybe they had too many offers (quite likely). Maybe they didn't consider my blog or my skills suitable (quite likely, too). Maybe sending the fabric all the way to Ireland wasn't feasible (quite possibly, though there was no indication that there was a geographical limitation to the project). I will never know.
But in the meantime I couldn't stop thinking of that summer bag, I was inspired!
I decided that this bag needed to be made, official challenge or not. I entered into my own challenge!
So my challenge was:
- Make a summer bag
- Use only materials I already have
- Finish in the week of 20 June
- Blog about it in that week
- Write a pattern
I previously made a miniature wall hanging with a summer theme, and I love it so much that it is on our wall all year round! The beach huts that can be found at many UK beaches have always appealed to me, it's something I dream of...
This time I adapted the huts a little, scaling them up for the bag, using solid fabrics and changing the roof edges a somewhat:
Because there was so much open space in the sand and the sky, I added some appliqué, too!
For the lining I found a half yard of laminated fabric with light houses and boats, nothing better for a bag that would be used for going to the beach.
And so there you have it!
Now I only have to wait for some nice weather so I can take it to the beach...
In the mean time I am working on the pattern!
EDIT: The pattern is now published and available for FREE download:
- Beach Hut Tote Bag -
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