Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Strawberry bag

Hi! I decided to take a breather from paper crafting which has kept me busy for last few weeks and indulged my first love, sewing. 

My daughter's exams started recently and she needed a small backpack to carry her stuff to school. I had seen a cute strawberry bag on Pinterest a while ago.

Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly has been kind enough to give a detailed tutorial for the bag. I took inspiration from her and made my own version of Strawberry Backpack.

Body of the bag is red casement which I lined with paper canvas for stiffness.

I used a cotton dishcloth with a pretty print as lining inside. Originally I was planning to use a red and white polka dot fabric for the body. But I didn't have enough material. So I used plain red and compensated by quilting it with simple diagonal stitching lines.

For the leaves, I used two fabrics in green. I liked  Bronwyn's idea of leaving the edges raw so that they fray over time and give the bag a nice look. I also used the green print to make the drawstring and the top thru' which it will go.

My daughter was thrilled with the bag which holds all her stuff beautifully.

The best part is, this bag is completely washable in a washing machine (which is a prerequisite when you make anything for a child!).

The whole thing came together in about 3 hours. Maximum time was taken up by the quilting.

Now my brain has started thinking about other fruits that can be converted into bags!

I am now entering this bag in the Lets Create Crafts' April Craft Contest.


1 comment:

  1. So cute, I am sure your daughter is super excited to carry it to school...