The first bag is for autumn: I used scraps of fabric by Moda, Joelle Hoeverson, and others to make this tote. The point was to use what I had, so two sides were made with the patchwork scraps, and two sides were made from sturdy cotton canvas. I used felt on the bottom, and I made the entire thing without a pattern, as usual. When I will learn? It turned out fine, though.
I envisioned it holding apples or little pumpkins or things like that--a mini farmers' market tote. My daughter has now appropriated it for her Halloween festivities.
The second bag is for spring, and was sent to Australia a few weeks ago. I envisioned this one holding long-stemmed fragrant flowers, or maybe a favorite book and a bar of good chocolate. I guess it's up to Mel to decide--maybe Sienna will appropriate this one and the girls can have "matching" bags. I made this bag without a pattern as well, but like the autumn tote, it was so simple that no pattern was needed. I did line the inside with more of the darkest purple fabric. The handles are silk noil.
Each project gave me the chance to experiment with color, and I think that working with tints and shades of the same hue is a good way to find a happy medium for my color dilemma. I like the way orange and purple look together, too, as in these bean bags that I made a few weeks ago.
For those of you who would like to make bags, here are two nice books to consider:
Sew What! Bags, by Lexi Barnes
Carry me, by Yuka Koshizen
The fall issue of Stitch has many cute bags too! I need to make at least one.
*Don't forget that today is that last day to enter my giveaway at the Artful Parent!*