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Art Sale Sewing

My goodness, it's been awhile. I've been spending all my time sewing and none of it blogging. Getting ready for the art sale (this coming weekend) has kept me really busy and I'm very excited about it. I've never done anything like this before, so there is much that I am uncertain about, but I'm sure it will be a good experience however it goes.

So, let's have a look at the goods...

Buttercup Bags
These are the same as the ones I made here. Now that I'm familiar with the pattern and made good notes about my changes to it, these come together pretty quickly.

Buttercup Bag

Buttercup Bag

Buttercup Bag

Buttercup Bag

I was hoping to use some tortoise shell rings or other hardware on either of these bags, but couldn't find any locally.

Tote Bag
This tote bag is also a repeat. The fabrics in the patchwork strip are mostly the same, but not in the same order/configuration.

Patchwork Tote Bag

I zig-zagged over each seam with an off-white thread for this version.

Patchwork Tote Bag

Inverted Box Pleat Bag (needs a new name)
This bag is a new one for me. During a recent trip to the grocery store I was standing in line behind a woman that was carrying a very similar one.  I sketched it when I left the store, but by the time I started to make the pattern I had a hard time remembering the size. I decided on a finished top band width of 12", so it can be a small tote bag or a handbag.

Blue Pleated Bag

Purple Pleated Bag

The exterior is underlined with cotton canvas and the lining is interfaced, so the bag has some weight and almost stands by itself. It's hard to tell from any of these pictures, but both bags have 3" boxed corners.

Purple Pleated Bag

When I first finished this purple-ish bag, I really didn't like it and didn't think that I would include it in the sale. I think it is the lining fabric that I was disappointed with. I had a hard time deciding on a coordinating fabric and my two-year-old was not happy at Fabricland, so this blue and purple butterfly print is what I ended up with. I think the colors are good, but the print doesn't get me excited and I don't care for the contrast between the smooth/shiny exterior fabric and the quilting cotton. The bag has grown on me a bit since then and while it isn't my favorite, I'm still going to include it.

Blue Pleated Bag

The bags have a pocket on each side of the lining. One is a large pocket divided into three sections.

Purple Pleated Bag

The other is a single pocket with two parts - one zippered and one open at the top.

Five Bags for Sale

Next up: More bags of a different variety.


  1. You have been very busy. All these bags look great and I really like the butterfly fabric.
    I hope you sell them all at the art sale.

  2. I especially like the lining of the animal-ish print bag--looks like whimsical grapes! :D

  3. Love the circle bag, but I do love circles.

  4. I love the fabric variety and different styles. I like the pockets that you put in the linings. Sometimes I may like a bag, but it is not functional on the inside. Your bags look great on the outside and have lots of pockets on the inside! You have something for everyone! Hope you do well at the art fair.


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