Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Burlap Bag and a Thank You!

By now you know that I have a thing for burlap.  Well, I've done it again, gone and made another burlap bag. Fashioned after the original by I.Gant this bag is a "thank you" for all of the hard work Mary Reed has done preparing for my husband's retirement party. 

 I did a tutorial on a chocolate brown bag a few months ago and used the same basic pattern for this bag but changed it up a bit.  It's wider and shorter and has a large button instead of a shabby rose and I added a ring to dress up one of the straps.  Do you like this one better?  Here is the first one:

Burlap Bag with Shabby Rose Tutorial

Chocolate Brown Burlap Purse

I have been using this chocolate brown bag everyday since I made it and just love it.  Recently I added interfacing to the straps and an inside pocket for my iPhone.  For Mary's bag I made the straps a bit wider and learned how to install a magnetic snap.  That bag needed one because of the wider top opening.  I also rounded the corners a bit so they weren't so "dog-eared."  (see my tutorial for how to do this on a pillow here).  It's a bit different for a bag.  Perhaps I'll do a tutorial on this one, too.


And here is the finished bag. 

Do you like it?

Mary Reed...I can't thank you enough for all of the hours and hours you have spend ensuring that Michael's retirement party is a great success!  I hope you like your bag.


I Won the Giveaway!

hosted a giveaway this month and I won this book:
The French Inspired Home by Carolyn Westbrook

Here are some of the luscious photos Amy posted during the giveaway

 My new book!

Linen slipcovers for wing chairs 
Linen slipcovers and needlepoint pillows.
A sweet ballet pink table...a ruffled lampshade. I just bought 25 meters of fabric in Hanoi two weeks ago just like the darker chair on the left.  I'd better get busy making more slipcovers!

French Kitchen
Who wouldn't want a kitchen like this one?
French Chaise with Weathered Shutters
 Love those weathered shutters.  Still trying to talk my husband into liking them.  So far, he's at least agreed to a ladder in the lounge!  More on that later.

Shabby French Bedroom
  So sweet!  

Shabby French Slipcover
 Can you tell I'm excited to receive this?

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