Friday, 6 September 2013

Birdie Bucket Bag



I've been busy on the 52 Week Scrap Challenge again. This weeks challenge was to make a mini quilt, and I have only kept to the challenge loosely, as I decided to incorporate my applique birds into a bucket bag for my knitting projects. 


I did keep to the idea of using scraps, as this was all made with fabric I already had. You may notice my favourite vintage curtain fabric. I still have a whole untouched curtain of this fabric, so it may well turn up again. I love the gentle green, and the fact it is genuinely old, gives it a lovely soft feel. The cream is leftover fabric from some chair covers that I made.


For the birdies I used a mixture of spots and flowers. I wish now that I had photographed them in a line, before sewing the bag, but I forgot. The brown zigzag they are sitting on is meant to be a branch. Despite trying I just can't get to grips with free motion machine embroidery, so I edged the birds with a zigzag stitch, and then handsewed the beaks and feathers. 


The bag is made from a free tutorial from Craftsy. This is the first time I have followed a Craftsy lesson, and I'm sure will not be the last. It was very nice been shown all the sewing techniques, and it was easy to download the video and the paper pattern etc. I think this is going to be so useful for my knitting projects, and I can see myself making other bags for storage. Can you see the special pockets for my knitting needles?


38 comments:

  1. A lovely make. The birds look so cute.

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  2. Great bag! I also like those birds and colours are very nice.

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  3. really really nice!!!!
    xxxxx Ale

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  4. something from nothing....the best!!!

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  5. Ah fab. I was going to do the s exact same tutorial this weekend !! I did the first part of it last week. Brilliant isnt it. I'm addicted to craftsy too. Such an easy way to learn new techniques.
    Love your birdie bag. The appliqué is done so well.
    Rosie xx

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  6. What a beautiful bag! The birds are so sweet! Love it! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh I love that bag, and those birds are so sweet, what a great scrap busting challenge

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  8. Great bag, you will get plenty of knitty items in there!

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  9. I love your bag! I have recently kept a pattern for a similar one from one of the many craft magazines and seeing your photos has given me some inspiration in regard to the detailing - I love your birds! But I am useless at decorative details x

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  10. I love it! For some reason I have never thought of making a bag in that shape, but it absolutely makes sense, a great storage idea. Thanks for sharing x

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  11. The birds really make the bag special - they are cute and beautifully sewn!

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  12. Aaaah,, it is really lovely - gorgeous bird. Hope you have a good week.

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  13. aww how cute is this! love your little birdies, i think hand sewing the beaks and tails is a really nice touch - that and the lovely range of cheery fabrics you've used really adds character and brings them to life :) x

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  14. Really fabulous, the fabrics go so well together.
    Beautiful and useful :)

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  15. I absolutely love your bag it's so cute.
    Ali x

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  16. Cute little birds. They look great on the bag. Love the pocket idea for storing knitting needles xx

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  17. I really love your birds sitting on their branch. The bag looks great too, just right for a project or two to rest in.

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  18. What a really lovely bag! It is great that the fabric you love so much has been used in a bag that you will use a lot and you will get enjoyment every time you use it :) xx

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  19. This is such a nice bag -I really love the shape and think it will be hugely practical And birds are always my favourite!

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  20. Super-cute bag! The little birds a re really sweet.

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  21. Great storage idea. The little birds look very sweet.

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  22. Such a fabulous bag I just love it, especially the little birds.
    Clare x
    http://summerhousebythesea.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. Oh wow-this is just a brilliantly beautiful bag. I love it!

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  24. The birdies are adorable - a girl can never have too many bags!

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  25. The birdies are too cute! My mum would probably like something like this for her knitting things!
    In a Pickle

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  26. Oooh - you are clever. I love that vintage curtain fabric, its divine!

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  27. oh so cute! love the handstitching. Must try a craftsy class... Have only heard good things!

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  28. How lovely! Got to love beautiful, practical handmade items. :)

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  29. fantastic! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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  30. I loved visiting your blog today from the Made by Hand Thursday hop....you do beautiful work, I tweeted and sent to FB for you....lovely.

    Visit and join me at www.sanderellas1.com
    I crochet and knit too.

    Sandy
    Sanderella's Crochet Blog

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  31. Congratulations! Your gorgeous Birdie Bucket Bag is one of our featured posts on this week's Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy.

    Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Look forward to seeing what you've created this week!

    Create With Joy
    http://create-with-joy.com

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  32. I LOVE your appliqued birds and it's a great way to use up scraps of fabric!!!

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