Tuesday, 5 March 2013

One Green Apple



Hello lovelies. Amidst the painting, dust sheets and general chaos surrounding us in the house at the moment there is a great deal of pleasure to be had in showing you a finished project. In about a week or so order (ha!) will reign again, but until the meantime, let's look at something pretty!

I made this bag about a month ago and completely forgot to show you. It was part of a birthday present for this lovely lady and I had to wait until her birthday had passed before I could post it.

It's a simple gusseted pre-made cotton shopping bag with long handles. I like to buy things like this ready made. I get to do the fun bit, choosing fabrics and hand sewing, and someone else has done the boring stuff like sew on the handles and make sure they are the same length. I appliqued on an apple using some green Liberty fabric - this one, which I like very much and use often - and felt. The apple design is from Chloe Owen's All Sewn Up, a fabulous book full of many happy and inspiring patterns and ideas. It took a couple of hours to make from start to finish. I do like a quick turn around in a craft project.

So, there you are, one green apple, sewn onto a bag.

35 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous Gillian, I love the design and the fabrics you chose.
    Jacquie x

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  2. Oh I am salivating over that Liberty print. I love greeny bluey prints and that is just gorgeous. Lucky friend and clever you.
    Ellie
    x
    PS Good luck with the DIY!

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  3. What a lovely project, thanks for the tip of buying a ready stitched bag. What a lucky lady to receive this gift x

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  4. Love that Liberty print ... it is gorgeous ... and your apple bag is a very pretty gift ... Bee xx

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  5. Very nice! Where do you buy the cotton bags? This is such a fun gift idea.

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  6. I finally have internet again so could come over and comment! I love it and think it is even better in person! Liberty and apples in one package, I am a very lucky girl. I will be sporting it shortly and look forward to admiring glances! xxxx

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  7. That's beautiful! Can I ask, do you attach the appliques with a fusible adhesive, then stitch, or are they stitched only? Thanks in advance!

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    1. Hello! I use bondaweb which is a "fusible interfacing" to hold the bits of fabric in place until I stitch around them. x

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  8. That is really nice. I am sure she loved it!

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  9. It's so lovely...green is my favorite color! I would proudly carry that bag! If you ever decide to open an Etsy shop and sell your amazing handmade goods I will probably be your first customer!!! Good luck with the painting! I know I am happy to have my house back in order this week!

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  10. How adorable! What a sweet present for a friend.

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  11. You had me at One Green Apple. Total gorgeousness. xxx

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  12. I do like that very much, especially the fact that the bag is ready-made.

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  13. so beautiful! lovely to mix felt and fabric, and you've chosen gorgeous prints too.

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  14. I can't bear eating apples, but having one on a shopping bag would be very lovely indeed!
    Another great make Gillian.
    Lisa x

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  15. This is really pretty. I keep meaning to try making a tote, but I like the idea of prettying up a ready made plain one, good plan :-)

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  16. A beautiful and gorgeous bag Gillian, and such a brilliant present for your friend. The fabric is stunning and I love the litle hooks the bag is hanging from.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  17. Love it! And the liberty fabric is just gorgeous xo

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  18. I love it! And you are clever!

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  19. Dear Gillian
    What a lovely present and a great idea to customise a bag. Your stitching is incredibly neat too.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  20. It's so pretty, I love the fabric you've used.

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  21. It's gorgeous! I really like the flowery fabric. x

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  22. Oh Gillian! That's fab! I love the fabrics together. X

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  23. Yes do sell your wares on etsy as Julia suggests. Seriously!

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  24. Yes do sell your wares on etsy as Julia suggests. Seriously!

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  25. Oh what a lovely bag. I have to agree with other commenters, I'd love it of you opened an etsy/folksy shop - a bag like this would be perfect for me to begin my new career in teaching!

    I'm new to your blog, but love what I've seen so far :)

    Louise

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  26. Get apple tote, what a lucky lady and lovely friend you are.

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  27. Such a good idea to use ready-made items and just have the fun of decorating them. I also feel in need of some quick makes at the moment after the 8-year quilt! x

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  28. Your appliqués are always fabulous and the apple is great. So pretty and as you say it's always nice to have projects that are quick to finish but with maximum effect. E x

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  29. Just beautiful! Yip I agree, I love decorating pre-made things too, much more fun. Love the Liberty fabric, very pretty.
    M xxxx

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  30. Love this bag Gillian, had a similar idea for a cushion, such a nice use of gorgeous fabrics. mel x

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  31. Very nice and good idea. Would it be a "granny smith apple"? (giggle).

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