I loved the balconette bra design when I first saw it but didn’t buy it right away, when I did finally buy (from the Little Fabric Bazaar) it I had no immediate plans for it then when I was planning a trip I decided to make some lingerie bags.
I decided on three designs for the bags, first of all the tried and trusted little caddy bag, then an easy drawstring bag. Lastly I decided to design an envelope style bag.
I’ve made so many of the caddy bags and I’m sure I’ll make many more. This time I made the side pockets a bit deeper and added a button to the top of each pocket.
The drawstring bag is simple and straight forward with the balconette fabric as the main with the cream floral as a border and an aqua solid from my stash as the drawstring pocket (much the easiest way to add the drawstring).
The envelope style bag was just an idea that I enjoyed working out. I was happy with the result and can see it working in different sizes for a number of uses.
It’s lined with the floral and padded with a thin wadding so it feels lovely. With my old machine I would think hard about making buttonholes but with my lovely new Pfaff it’s so easy I don’t have to think about it at all. Buttons are no longer just for decoration.
I think I’ll be making lots more of this style too so I’ve written out the how to here.
So a nice little set of bags and an appropriate post for this week!
This week Jenna sent me a picture of her envelope bag made using the tutorial. Here it is. I’m thrilled to have one of my tutorials tried and tested.I love the fabric choices and it’s beautifully made. I know Jenna is giving it to a friend. I’d love it as a gift, hope she does too!
Since making my very first Little Caddy Bag with Mel I’ve made lots of them. She said I would. I had a grand plan of making a stock to have to give as presents but I keep giving them to friends and family as soon as they are finished! Love making them, love giving gifts so win, win really!
Well they are easy to make and I want to have a go at writing a proper tutorial on here, so here’s my first try. I’ve played around with writing little instructions for blocks and the like but nothing really serious. Many thanks to Mel. So here goes. If anyone does read and use the tutorial please leave a comment so that I know. Thanks.
Little Caddy Bag Tutorial
Materials Main Fabric A for the sides and the base and pocket linings.
Fabric B for the pockets .
Binding fabric, can be different or fabric A or B.
1.5 metres of cord
Fabric A Four 6.5″ x 11.5″ rectangles for the sides. Five 6.5″ squares for the pocket linings.
Fabric B Four 6.5″squares for the pocket fronts
Lining Four 6.5″ x 11.5″ rectangles. One 6.5″ square
Binding Two 2″ x 12.5″ strips Two 2″ x 6.5″ strips
Wadding Five 6.5″ squares
FirstMake up the pockets
Use a quarter-inch seam throughout unless stated otherwise.
Click on the photos for a larger view First make four sandwiches with squares of fabric A, fabric B and wadding. Sew as close to the edge as you can. Take the four shorter binding strips and fold and press in half lengthwise with the right side showing. Sew the open sides of the folded strip to the top of pocket. Fold the binding strip over the top of the pocket and hand sew in place. You can choose to machine sew the binding but I prefer the invisible look and it only takes minutes.
Next sew the four pockets to the bottom of each of the fabric A rectangles. The next step is the most important of the whole bag.
When preparing to join the four side make sure that the bindings of the pockets line up perfectly and pin in place. You need to have a clear line around the top of the pockets for a professional finish. If the tops or bottoms don’t line up just don’t worry about it, you can adjust later. Once you have joined all four sides sew into a tube.
Make the base of the bag with just a square each of fabric A and wadding.
Sewing the bottom into the tube is tricky but just go for it. Turn the tube inside out, align one side of the base square with one side of the tube making sure that the needle is down as you finish. Lift your presser foot and manipulate into place for the second side. Do this for each of the four sides. When you’ve done that turn to the right side and check that you have caught the corners and none of the pocket seams are showing. Don’t worry if they are just go over them again – this will be hidden under the lining!
Make the lining by joining the rectangles and sewing the base in place in the same way.
Before dropping the lining into the bag I’ve found it easiest to press the seam around the top of each section. Pin the lining and bag together around the top before sewing as close to the edge as possible.
Now you need to make the pocket for the drawstring to run through. Take the two 12.5″ strips and press a quarter-inch hem along all four edges then pin each strip about an inch from the top of the bag and leaving gaps in between for threading and drawing the cord. Sew around, again as close to the edge as you can and taking care not to sew through any other parts of the bag.
The only thing left to do is to thread the drawstring through. A tip for anyone who hasn’t worked with twisted cord before is to beware that it can unravel with unexpected ease. Before cutting wrap tape around the cord and cut through the centre of the taped area to avoid this. Cut your cord in half and thread the two pieces in opposite directions. Knot the cords tightly.
Now that you have made one you can see how easy it is to adapt the size of the bag. I know I’ll be making quite a few more and I think I just might try a waterproof one next. Here they are in yet another colour! Thank you Mel!
The very first make of our first New Year in our new home.
New Year’s Daywas a quiet day after the night before (a fun evening with new friends at Aberystwyth Golf Club for our first New Year here). We got off to a late and slow start, the weather was foul and definitely not conducive to the planned walk to the beach.
Just before Christmas I had treated myself to a new cordless vacuum cleaner. I was going to buy it after Christmas but when do you need something like this I asked myself? The answer made my decision and I came back from Christmas shopping with my present to myself. I didn’t regret it whilst whooshing it round after mealtimes, during the prep and in the minutes before visitors arrived.
I hadn’t realiseduntil I got it home just how many fancy little tools it had and immediately decided a nice little drawstring bag would keep them together and mentally added it to my making list.
So by early afternoon on Wednesday I wanted to do something and sat down to plan the baby quilt that I’m about to start. Although I have fabric for the patchwork blocks I don’t have anything quite right for the sashing and borders, and I wanted some of this fabric actually in the blocks too. Here are the fabrics so far. I’m fancying picking up the yellow in some way in the sashing.
So having toyed with the idea of beginning cutting by mid-afternoon I had decided that a nice finishable project would be the order of the day. And so the vacuum tools bag was begun.
I chose the fabric from my stash and although the first consideration was choosing the right size pieces and not being wasteful – it’s only a storage bag after all – I seem to have managed to go for a favourite colour combo again. A short while later it was cut and soon it was sewn.
It will hang next to the charging point in the garage.
It won’t be hanging on Jeff’s new ‘Calon Lan’ hooks though so I’ll have to find a hook before it’s in place.