You folks regularly blow me away with your bag making talents. Taking a quick look at the UHandbag Flickr groups it's obvious that you could teach us (me included) a bag making thing or six.
So I think it would be really nice if you lovely readers shared your baggy thoughts, tips, ideas and inspiration in here. I'm inviting/asking you to guest post on my baggy corner of the blogosphere. I'm thinking it will be really useful and entertaining for us all.
Your U-Handbag guest posts can be about anything you want as long as they are bag making related.
Suggestions for posts:
- Any bag making techniques - repeats are welcome, individuals often have different ways of tackling the same thing.
- Focusing on a bag you have made - eg: what you liked about it, what you learned etc.
- Your fave bag making tools, sewing machines, fabrics and gizmos (snacks heh!)
- Bag pattern testing and comment.
- Fave bag and purse sellers - handmade only please.
- Bag making inspiration - in whatever form takes your fancy
- Bag making tutorials
- Bag making mess-ups - we all have 'em!
Guest Post Guidelines:
- Don't be shy, you're in good company!
- Your post should include 3 - 6 pics (unless you are posting a tute, then please include as many pics as you need).
- Please give your post a title.
- Feel free to include links to your own blog and shop (if applicable).
- A pic of you would be nice, but not obligatory. If you don't fancy showing your pretty self how about a pic of your pet or your fave snack?
- Please send your ideas for U-Handbag Guest Posts to: uhandbag.gposts[@]googlemail.com
To kick off our U-Handbag Guest Posts we have Simone, please make her feel welcome everyone :)
Alternative Bag Making Fabrics by Simone
Two years ago, I somehow stumbled upon Lisa's blog and began making bags. No surprise here, except, I don't think I have ever made a bag out of just some plain fabric off the bolt. My shtick is to use recycled materials of some sort. The following are some examples of "fabrics" I've used in the past. Maybe they'll allow you to take a second look at what you have in your stash.
Felted Wool Sweaters
This is my first Lisa bag based on the "Pleated Pouch of Apples" pattern. I felted an old holey sweater by washing it in the hot cycle and putting it in the dryer.
Fused Plastic Bags
I have to admit, I don't mind using the offered plastic shopping bag instead of bringing my own, especially if it features interesting images and lettering. To make this fabric, iron four to six layers of plastic together on a low heat setting. Protect your iron by putting a layer of parchment paper between the plastic and the iron.
Don't throw out your denims. There are many sturdy bags still to be had out of this fabric. Use the legs for pouches and the top for a more substantial shoulder bag.
This is probably my most traditional fabric. My grandmother's vintage kitchen curtains turned into a clever little bag based on Amy Karol's Charming Handbag pattern.
So look around you and imagine how you could transform that milk container into a clever, water resistant accessory.
Thanks heaps Simone for your really fab ideas. Your bags all look smashing and they all have a special 'handmade with love' look about them - which is what it's all about isn't it?