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Newest Cross-Body Bags!

I’ve been working on these new cross-body bags for months among the other parts of my life.  I had the idea of creating textural crazy-patchwork bag flaps and then decorating on top of the patchwork.  Remember the glass beads and embroidery thread I posted about?  I happily put those to use.  Each bag flap is patchworked in wools, silks, linens, and cottons to produce texture.  Each bag is also themed by colour.  Each contains a divided lining, the divider of which is padded as well.  The sides (made from vintage floral sheets) are padded and couched / quilted with yarn, and the straps are adjustable.

After sewing the textured fabric scraps onto a base fabric for this pink bag, I got out my embroidery thread, buttons, and glass beads and went to work.  I didn’t plan much, except to go in a circle, and I stitched my way around.  I added a flower in the middle, and then added buttons and green beads in a pattern within the circle.  The lining fabric is from a vintage cotton sheet that is white with pink roses.  The bag body is made from a pink and orange floral Wabasso vintage cotton sheet.

padded divided lining cross-body bag adjustable strap pink patchwork flap textural wool silk linen cotton vintage Wabasso floral sheet batik
padded divided lining cross-body bag adjustable strap pink patchwork flap textural wool silk linen cotton vintage Wabasso floral sheet batik

This next bag done in blues is lined with a vintage sheet with blue roses on it.  Again, I textured the bag flap with different fabrics.  For this one, I decided to go over all the lines with a simple feathered embroidery stitch in blue thread.  I love how it turned out!  And so did a friend of mine who organizes the NS Art & Craft Sale every November.  She had been asking me for a few years to make her a bag with a divided lining, and she is the reason I finally sat down to figure out how to do that.  I figured it out and started making them.  When she asked me again a few months ago, she told me she’d love one in blues.  I said, “I happen to be working on one in blues; I’ll show it to you when I’m done.”  I was able to do that last week, and she loved it so much she scooped it up upon seeing it the first time.  I love it every time someone bursts out with joy upon seeing my creations!

padded cross body divided lining roses bag adjustable strap blues silks wools linens cottons floral vintage Wabasso sheet cashmere rabbit hair flowers
padded cross body divided lining roses bag adjustable strap blues silks wools linens cottons floral vintage Wabasso sheet cashmere rabbit hair flowers

This next one received a lot of attention at the Windfall Fine Art & Handcraft Market a couple of weeks ago.  I think the bright oranges and all the beading caught people’s eyes.  My favourite part of this patchwork is the wool with gray and orange stripes.  I love stripes, dots, gingham, and floral patterns.  Anyway, I did some laidwork embroidery in the flower and added a button centre.  Then I firmly sewed on orange glass beads in a curved manner – I had never applied beads this way before, and it was fun!  Relaxing, actually.  I like it better than applying beads randomly on a piece of fabric.  It seems to have a bigger visual impact.  This bag is lined with blue floral vintage sheet fabric.

padded quilted cross body divided lining bag adjustable straps orange patchwork silks linens wools cotton batik glass beads laidwork embroidery
padded quilted cross body divided lining bag adjustable straps orange patchwork silks linens wools cotton batik glass beads laidwork embroidery

And the final bag is done in greens.  I think my favourite fabric on this bag flap is the greenish yellow silk on the right.  It’s just so shimmery!  Again, I created a laidwork embroidery flower and encircled it with a feather embroidery stitch.  Then I added a large clear glass bead to the middle.  It didn’t seem finished; so I added lines of iridescent glass beads radiating out from the large bead, and then I was pleased with the look.  This beauty is lined with fabric from a white vintage Wabasso sheet covered in large yellow roses.

padded quilted cross body bag yellow roses divided lining adjustable strap green silks wools linens cottons cashmere batik vintage floral groovy sheet crazy patchwork iridescent glass beads shimmery
padded quilted cross body bag yellow roses divided lining adjustable strap green silks wools linens cottons cashmere batik vintage floral groovy sheet crazy patchwork iridescent glass beads shimmery

I shall have these bags (minus the already-sold blue one) for sale at the above-mentioned NS Art & Craft Sale, November 3 and 4.  See “Shows” page for details.

My next post will feature the latest mittens I’ve been creating!

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2 thoughts on “Newest Cross-Body Bags!

  1. My blue bag is now protected and ready to use…it makes me smile every time I look at it. Thanks for your talented hands and looking forward to seeing more
    of your treasures on 3rd & 4th Nov.

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