26 March 2014

Ta Dah.....

Poppy's new ballet bag is finished and I'm pleased to report that it's a hit!!

It's been 11 months since I made the huge changes to gain a more balanced working/family life.  One of the many things that has subsequently given me so much pleasure, is finding the time to make things for my family and home.  I can not believe that Poppy is 6 already, I was so precariously in danger of her growing up and missing the opportunity to make her pretty and sweet things.  Thank goodness I came to my senses in time.

Sorry.... I digress, I loved stitching this embroidery, for one it was relatively quick, it was also a change to use just one colour of thread, rather than creating one of my usual colourful creations.  I did however stick to my favourite stitches..... back stitch in the main, lazy daisies on the border, satin stitch for the eyes and french knots for the details on the dress.  

To make the bag I raided the shelves of Pretty Fabrics and Trims (I know I'm a very lucky lady!!)  I used a combination of pretty Tilda fabrics...

..... added a few wooden buttons, a loop of pretty ribbon....
and a touch of decorative hand quilting....I do love hand quilting!!
When it came the handles I stitched ribbon to cotton webbing, quick and pretty...win win .....

......I was thinking of writing a tutorial for how I make my tote bags......would you like that? Let me know.

Thank you as always to listening to my ramblings, it's so lovely to share them with you and to hear what you think.   I'll be back soon, with a crochet update.....my little pile of grannies is growing!



  1. The little fairy is incredibly cute on her own and even cuter - if that were possible! - on her tote bag!! I like the little hand quilting addition too, as well as your touch of ribbon on the bag handles - actually what I mean is that I love the whole thing!! xx

  2. I think you might find the rest of the ballet class queuing up for new bags - it is so pretty, and you are so clever ! She will always remember this.
    Have a good week Sarah
    Kate x

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous and yes a tutorial would be great x

  4. Why, this stitched fairy looks like you Sarah!! I think it's the hair style ;) The bag looks very cute, and it's no wonder your daughter is loving it. I'm now going to read your link to your 'huge change'. Enjoy your week. Wendy x

  5. I love the idea and look of the ribbon on canvas!
    With the stitching and patchwork and buttons, you have made little Poppy an adorable bag:)

  6. This is the cutest little bag I ever did fall in love with Sarah! From the sweet shape, through to the fabric choices, trims and buttons, and especially the hand quilting, not forgetting the sweetest little fairy; I love it! Yes please, I would love to have a tutorial on this, and I would also love your supply of fabrics, those pinks and browns are perfect! Your little Poppy must be so happy to carry her ballet shoes in this beautiful creation! Well done Sarah! Joy xo

  7. So pretty Sarah ..... I bet Poppy is so excited to take it along to her class and show her friends! The little fairy looks adorable and oh those fabrics!
    love jooles x x x

  8. Just lovely Sarah, such a sweet bag for your daughter to use. I love the fabrics you've chosen, and the little embroidered fairy is magical!
    Gill xx

  9. It is quite delightful Sarah - in every way. A tutorial would be very good. I have a 6yr old & 5yr old granddaughter who would love a bag like that. Anne x

  10. The bag is beautiful Sarah, you must be so pleased with it, and I'm sure your daughter is thrilled with it...she'll treasure it xx

  11. Absolutely wonderful, everything about it! You know I love the embroidery design, oh and the Tilda fabrics, and those handles are very interesting - yes please pretty please show us how you did it! I need to make a bag soon, and I'm intrigued by your technique...Chrissie x ps I totally get your ramblings about changing your lifestyle, oh yes indeedy, I hear ya!

  12. This is such a gorgeous bag, I love the design and the fabrics very much! I am sure Poppy will really love using it too! I'm glad you were able to reorganise your life so you can enjoy more purely creative time. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
    Helen xox

  13. Beautiful project! I came over from visiting Kristyne's blog and glad I found you!

  14. It's absolutely wonderful, no doubt she loves it. And all of the other little ballerinas will be wanting one too!

  15. So, so beautiful - I love the pinks and browns. Your little Poppy must be pleased as punch! I hope she swings it around with pride. x

  16. Hi, Sarah. :) I'm visiting from Pretty by Hand, and I've had such fun looking at your beautiful projects, including this adorable ballet bag! So sweet! And I agree with some of the above comments...you're going to have little ballerina's lined up for one of their very own. :)


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