One of the reasons that I collect vintage embroidery is that I can’t bear the thought of someone’s work not being appreciated. All those women who have sat over the centuries doing their, ‘work’, for it to languish unloved in the corner of a charity shop is so sad.So I have to rescue them.
Some of the things I have rescued have been turned into little ornaments and pincushions but this is the first time that I have made something large and very useful with them.
So here is the lovely vintage log cabin bag!
As modelled by my lovely son Jake, four of the blocks were stitched together for the front. I decided against sashing, partly as I was short of fabric, the denim is from one of his old shirts so the bag is 50% recycled.
The bottom of the bag is boxed out using two inch cut outs, using the same technique that I have been using for the pouches. There are also long handles sewn to the top edge before the lining was stitched over them and a small closing flap with a magnetic clasp.
I did but new fabric for the lining from Simply Solids as I needed half a metre and did not have that much in my stash, this is Dashwood fabric but am not sure of the name of it.
I put in two pockets and even managed to work out how to trim them with some more of that lovely Liberty print that is in all of the blocks.There is a patch pocket at the back as well.
All my own design cobbled together from various bag ideas and some of the tote bags I already have in my craftroom. I love it and will be using it lots this summer 🙂
I have just got some more Liberty from Alice Caroline as have decided to make more of these blocks, they are very soothing to do and so quick to put together that I shall do these when I have a spare half an hour here and there.
This is my favourite Liberty supplier, I love her website, look at that banner! I would love someone to buy me all these prints, what a rainbow of loveliness.
I have got lots of other ideas for using my vintage stash on Pinterest, here are some of my favourites.
This lovely cushion features the crinoline lady, I have a few of those in my stash and is from Nostalgia at the Stone House blog. Nikki the owner of the blog makes beautiful dolls as well out of vintage fabrics and lace.
And look at these gorgeous hexagons from Brodibidouillages , I did make some like these a while ago as shown below but had trouble with the edging so must dig them out and try again.
There are some beautiful things on this blog Isa Creative Musings as well, so much inspiration!
We are off to Ashby de la Zouche castle this weekend again for our annual show there, praying for fine weather. It has been so hot for the last two days here while I have been inside marking but the forecast is for rain Sunday and Monday. Typical Bank Holiday weather!
Hope you have a nice weekend planned whatever you are doing and thanks for visiting.
6 thoughts on “Vintage and useful”
Super-cool bag!! I love it!!
Resourceful, beautiful, and very satisfying – those past stitchers would approve!
I love what you have done with these, and I’m so glad that someone who appreciates them has picked them up! Even if the bag isn’t your son’s usual style, I hope he appreciates the effort that goes into making things.
Also, even though I have just discovered your blog, I love it, and have just nominated you for a Liebster award. Full details can be found on my blog post today!
Thank you very much and thanks for the award as well!
No problem! I’m glad I’ve discovered your blog!
Fab, so lovely to see it finished! And the fabric is called Twist 😉