Saturday, 5 March 2011

New Favourite Handbag

I have a new handbag, it combines three of my favourite things, beautiful petrol blue needlecord, Ruby Start Rising fabric and a Keyka Lou pattern.


I did buy this cord for another bag pattern but when I saw it next to the Ruby Star Rising scrap (won from Sarah at Pings and Needles) it just screamed 'Bucket Bag' to me.  I'd seen lots of nice versions on the Keyka Lou Flickr Group but until now hadn't found the fabric combination for my version. I have to say that this bag was the most stress free pattern I've used. I didn't unpick a single line of stitching, which is a complete revelation to me. Usually I rush through a pattern making stupid mistakes but not on this one. Once again Michelle's pattern is so clearly illustrated and written that I would have no problem recommending it to anyone and everyone. 


I added an inside pocket to keep my mobile in and a keyring to save me having to empty my whole bag  to find my keys. This also meant I could use some more Ruby Star Rising fabric, don't you just love this stuff?

I'm still not entirely convinced about the iron on interfacing I used, Vilene White Firm Flexible Iron-on VS320, it does a great job but maybe still a wee bit  bit carboardy but that's my only a minor niggle. I'm loving the shape, colour everything about this bag and I'm retiring my last creation in favour of this one. 



Now you might be forgiven for thinking that I'm only waxing lyrical about this pattern because I now have a Keyka Lou sponsor button on my blog. Not so, I joined her affiliate scheme because I rate her patterns so highly and I fully intend trying many more of them myself as I know they'll come out really well. I've already made her Shopper (not blogged yet)  and Camera Wristlet patterns and next on my list is the Curvy Clutch or maybe the Small Satchel.... I mean you can never have too many bags can you? Although I'm not sure when I'd use an evening bag, since I'm hardly a socialite but you can but hope.

Bye for now

Nikki

7 comments:

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

Oh Nikki, it's fantastic !! I'm so pleased you made something so beautiful out of those tiny scraps I sent - it says something about ruby star doesn't it, that you can just accent with it and it brings something to life :)

lovin that needlecord too ...

Nikki said...

thanks Sarah! It was the shape of the scrap that made me think of using it this way. I might not have thought of it had it been a bigger piece.

Nikki said...

thanks Sarah! It was the shape of the scrap that made me think of using it this way. I might not have thought of it had it been a bigger piece.

Joanna Rakowska said...

I bought this Kokka's fabric 2 days ago and this bag you made just shows how appropriate fabric can change the whole project!

Jenny said...

oh goodness how cute! i must buy a pattern or two today...ive never done bags, but i just can't get over how cute i think keyka lou products end up being...can your recommend a good (easy) pouch or bag for a beginner? i think id love an easy go to for gifts...teachers, friends...etc

sewquine said...

:) It's lovely fabric, I'm coveting the tea pot one in grey. What will you make with yours?

sewquine said...

Thank you :) I use this bag everyday and it's wearing very well, it's amazing how much stuff you can fit into it. Michelle's shop has a beginners section on the right hand tool bar. I've made the Grocery Bag which is a beginner pattern and it comes out great! I think the pleated pouch and the envelope pouches look good too but I've not made them yet. The Small Satchel is in the beginner section too how about that one. Michelle's patterns are really clear and well laid out so perfect for a first time bag maker. Hope that helps :)

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