Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Junking Makeover: Doiley Bag

As promised, here is a little look at my new bag that I made from doilies. I have a huge stash so I went for a rummage to find two that were a similar size and a few to embellish.
***click on the any photo for a larger look ***

Firstly, I simply layed the pieces out and assembled, placing a few buttons on as well, and pinned in place. I folder the top of the pink doiley down as it was longer then the white, but also as a decorative detail. (I dropped a button on the floor, so in the final version I have only 5 :)

I hand stitched the two top doilies to the pink (I could have used the machine but I couldn't be bothered to get it out), this is the front of the bag. I then stitched on the buttons using different colour threads and finally added the green loom flower.

After the front of the bag was stitched, I turned it over and held the cord in place with a stitch in the bottom corners. Once this was in secure, I pinned the front and back doilies together (wrong sides facing) to hold the cord in place. This worked well as the cord also gives the bag structure.

As you can see below, I used one large piece of cord that I simply tied at the top (the shoulder). I then stitched around both sides of the cord, joining the front and back of the bag together, using pink thread.

Some closer details below.

The finished product.

I finished the back with a little pink lace to cover the reverse stitching.

VoilĂ ! A new bag using all things that were laying around the house!

Have a good one, Tamara


Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Hello Tamara....!

HOPE you're having a FAB week Lovey....! It's 2am over here in the US & I can't sleep....I'm STILL on Aussie time which my laptop tells me is 5.05pm Wed 15th....!!

What better way to while away the hours thought I, than visit my FAVE blog Friends.... :o) !!

LOVE your SWEET embellished bag project....I'm FOREVER picking up doilies & trims when I'm out & about but I NEVER use them....You MAY just have motivated me with this post....I aint makin' any promises mind....But you've certainly motivated me to 'think' about using my sewing machine which I've had for TWO years & NEVER used....hahahahahahaSNORT....!!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah :o)

A Treasured Past said...

@TamarahHi Tamarah,

oh, I feel for you with the time difference..I was totally nannafied just with the 2 hour difference between Canberra and Perth..I was in bed at like 6:30pm and up at 4:00 am.

Hope you can get some rest before the Junk Bonanza starts, you are going to be pooped!

See ya, Tamara

sassytrash said...

You new doily bag is WONDERFUL!!! It is really adorable! You are very talented!

A Treasured Past said...

@sassytrash Thanks Sassy :) No where near as clever as you and your creations, they are wonderful :) Tamara

vintage mum said...

Lovely bag I'm a horder of doilys but rarly use them. I did see some cushions made from them somewhere they were lovely, another to add to the list :)
Cate x

A Treasured Past said...

@vintage mum Hi Cate, I'm a hoarder too, I always pick them up when I find them. I love doilies and use them for all sorts of things, curtains, cushions, cover holes in quilts, etc. I will post a few other ideas soon, Tamara

vintage mum said...

Thank You so much for my lovely box full of treasures, soppy thing that I am it brought a tear to my eye that you had gone to so much trouble and posted it so far :)
I love them all and will post pics later.
daughter and I are off to the boot fair this morning probably one of the last for the year.
my friend from Perth is back, if you go on my blog hers is called I made This

cate x

A Treasured Past said...

@vintage mum Thanks Cate, my pleasure. I am so happy that you like it.

Have a great time at the boot fair, I found a wonderful site with car boots, we are hoping to catch a few.

Thanks for the link, I will check out her link tonight,

take care, Tamara