Monday, 14 July 2014

buggy bag - le challenge


A couple of weeks ago I saw the gorgeous hexy bag Ange made to hang on her pushchair and fill with all the kids necessities. Since hubbie managed to lose our change bag it was the inspiration I needed to make a new one. I originally planned to make something else for the le challenge theme this month but this seemed so much more useful and since it's a fairly small bag and it's being used to hold nappies/supplies for my smallest child it fits the 'small' theme!

I was going to EPP but then realised I quite fancied triangles and they are so quick to machine piece. I started with the Erin McMorris Summersault fabric (the one I used for the strap) and went with the rainy theme, adding umbrellas, greys and a nice pop of orange just because I love it.


Totally copying Ange I put the zip on the side and added more brightness with the hot pink zip. I usually hang things on my buggy brake handle (not supposed to but I've been doing it for 6 years and it still works!!) so I didn't add velcro tabs like she cleverly did, instead I created a lanyard style handle - sewing one end into the seam and a key clip on the other. It neatly clips onto the zip pull:


I couldn't resist hand quilting it. I used three strands of Cosmo embroidery thread #168, a rich navy. I wouldn't usually pick such a dark colour but after seeing Mary's beautiful hand quilting with dark thread I thought I'd give it a go. I love it. I love that it screams out 'hand made'!


Sadly it will probably spend most of it's time hiding under the buggy or in my massive handbag since it does tend to rain a lot here! That's the first check off my FAL list.


I will be sharing my hand quilting tips later in the week.


Now visit le challenge to see the other small makes, Nat has a particularly special one!

If you've made a 'small' project or one that relates to the theme then link up your finished project on the le challenge blog for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. Anyone can link up with any type of craft project as long as it was made in the past month!

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20 comments:

  1. Great little bag. So glad you chose the hand stitching, it really does add something special! Honesty time, I so want to do zips, but they terrify me. Can't seem to get my head around the how to instructions...wanna come over and show me?! LOL

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  2. That is really sweet! Love a good pouch

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  3. Looking good! I like the addition of hand quilting and your handle option! Neat!

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  4. Brilliant bag, that looks so handy and pretty to boot! And the theme is so appropriate!

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  5. I love the navy quilt thread, it works perfectly. I look forward to reading your tips as I have never tried "big" quilting.

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  6. I love it! And the best part is that it's so cute and not-babyish that you can use it for yourself long after you're done pushing babies in strollers. :)

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  7. I love it! Love the triangles - of course, and the quilting!

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  8. I really like your bag, especially the rainy fabrics. The hand quilting is exquisite.

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  9. Ooh, you hit multiple birds with that there stone, nicely done!

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  10. Cutest bag Lucy, I love the patchwork and the dark stitching!

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  11. Love it all, the triangles, cute fabrics and big navy stitches!

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  12. nicely done! the dark hand quilting works so well, such a great finished look. I actually managed to link up for the first time this month!

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  13. Love it!! Hand quilting ftw! Now how did hubby lose a changing bag????,

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  14. Very pretty, I love to hand quilt things, and your tips above are perfect.

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  15. so cute, lucy angel! i love the clever clip strap you used.

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  16. This bag is beautiful. I love the colours and the direction you've turned the triangles. Makes a completely original look!

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  17. Looks fab, but of course now i wish i'd added some hand quilting to mine!!! :o)

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  18. Looks great. Very practical. How can one lose a happy bag??

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  19. This bag is gorgeous - your fabric choices are such fun and made a really beautiful bag - I LOVE the hand quilting - my favourite part.
    Pauline

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  20. This is so awesome!! Can I ask what the fabric is called that says "Rain or Shine"?? Love!

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