Friday, 29 January 2016

Knitting basket

Way back in 2010 I made myself a crochet bag.  I have just spent 20 minutes hunting for the post about it, but can't find it anywhere. You're just have to take my work for it.  I also made a shorter version for mum which you can see here.  

At the Festival of Quilts, she asked me to make her a taller version with pockets round the outside.  We chose the fabric and then of course, I did nothing!  When my sewing motivation returned at the end of the year, I got right on it.




There are two things crying out to me in this photo.  Firstly, it looks out of proportion.  Funnily enough, in person it doesn't.  Maybe it was the camera angle.  Secondly, fabric direction.  Yes, I messed that one up!  It is lined in the same green spot fabric that I used for the top of the outer pocket.  The pockets go all the way round and I've separated them with lines of stitching, leaving pockets of various widths.


I think the proportions look better in this photo.  I used the same pattern as for the first ones, but only the measurements and the base template.  I put it together in the way that made sense to me, and of course the pocket was my own invention (clearly not a new one!).  It stands quite firm as it's got a layer of fusible fleece and a layer of medium-weight interfacing.  It's not quilted as mum's not a fan of the quilted look.


The inside is possibly not as neat as it could be, but the lining isn't baggy so I call it a success!

13 comments:

Anita said...

Oh wow!! Sweet project.
You've very clever.
Cheers, Anita.

Rachel said...

I think the change of fabric direction works rather well. It's probably better than having it in the same direction but not quite lining it up correctly. Somehow "fractionally off" can be a lot more jarring than "rotated by 90 degrees"!

Christine Barnsley said...

I like your bag Wendy and it is fun that the fabrics change directions.... adds to the feel of the bag! have a nice weekend! Christine x

Bethany said...

I should make one of those for myself. I find myself cramming things in tote bags and am always pleasantly surprised when the stitches stay on my needles.

Cath said...

I like the change in fabric direction. It adds interest.

Fiona said...

great bag.... you did that variation of the way the fabic faces on purpose didn't you.. it creates a good effect and if you hadn't commented I wouldn't have noticed even!!
Hugz

Melody said...

To think it is a success too.

Jane Galley said...

I always forget about the pattern direction until after it's been made, lol, and yes, the camera angle has a lot to answer for. It looks fabulous and very practical

Sandra :) said...

Oh that's funny - I didn't notice a direction error in the prints -I just thought it was 2 different prints from the same line! It looks fine - call it a design decision!

There's a way to do a search on your blog - I found the original blog post as the first link, lol. I'll shoot you an email :D

Sarah in Stitches said...

Love it! That looks so handy :D

margaret said...

not sure how I missed this but glad I found it today, practical and pretty so much nicer than boxes to keep things in

Pam @Threading My Way said...

I really like how you've placed the fabric in two different directions. Your basket looks great! A definite success.

Samantha said...

Totally a success!