Friday 27 January 2012

Denim and Lace...

I've finished my Naughty Notions Challenge with four days to spare. This is the third challenge hosted by Rikka and Keren, from Ricochet and Away and Sew la Vie!

This time the challenge was to make a clutch bag (or a small handbag), using lots and lots of notions... buttons, beads, snaps, ribbon, cord, eyelets, hooks and eyes, zippers, lace trim.

After much deliberation, I decided to go with a small handbag, made from denim. I've added lace, buttons and ric rac to the front of the bag.

Inside the bag I've sewn a zippered pocket. This was my first zippered pocket inside a bag. Initially I sewed the pocket inside out, but hey, that's why we have unpickers. I found the zippered pocket to be much easier than a zippered pouch. My zippered pocket is neater than my zippered pouches, too.

A magnetic clasp finishes off the inside of the bag.

The iPhone gives some perspective and hopefully shows that the bag is really purse size. The finished size is 6 inches x 7 and a half inches.

I actually wanted the strap to be much longer than it is. I wanted to be able to put it over the shoulder and across the body, but it's not long enough. Initially I was quite puzzled as to why the strap ended up so short. A look at my plan answered my question. I had intended the strap to be 140cm in length. My strap was half that length. I was meant to cut and join 2 x 70cm pieces of fabric. Oh well, I was NOT going to unpick and alter. I don't think this strap will stay on the shoulder, as it's quite thin and not really long enough. It's the right size to hold as is, or perhaps to knot. So, it really is a handbag.

Thanks Keren and Rikka, for another great challenge. I'm looking forward to seeing what fun idea you both come up with for March.

... Pam

Edited to add:
There are some absolutely awesome clutches and bags entered in the challenge. Head on over to the voting page, decide on your favourite and cast your vote. Voting has begun!!! 

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  1. Looks like a handy little bag (and cute to boot). Bummer about the strap length, perhaps you might feel like altering it later down the track or you might end up loving it this way?

  2. Cute! And what a great idea for a challenge, to get people to try out tons of notions! Umm... I still have never sewn a zipper... :)

  3. Congrats! Very cute and girly, and perfectly executed. Great work!

  4. That's so cute! Since the handle isn't as long as you'd hoped, maybe you could knot it to be a wristlet style bag. I've never sewn a zipper, so congrats on how well yours turned out!

    1. Making it into a wristlet with a knot is a great idea!!!

  5. Hi Pam, it looks great!
    My bag is also denim...and there's also some lace and buttons involved.....
    But it looks totaly different....

  6. Well done Pam your bag is just lovely! Good on you for trying something new, it worked perfectly! Great job!

  7. wow! this bag is lovely :) I have never tried a zippered pocket before either..glad to hear that it's not too complicated to make one.

    I just started my project...and I think I should be in a panic state now! ;)

  8. It's so cute!! Let us know when the voting starts!! I LOVE that it's in denim.

  9. Gorgeous little bag Pam! the lace looks great on the denim!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. Lace and denim! It's pretty! Now I know what I want to do with my jeans!

  11. Sweet bag! The lining and outer fabrics and trim work perfectly together :)

  12. I really like how the lace and buttons turn the whole thing into something competely different...

  13. Hi Pam...I came here first time via creative itch and happy to find a new SEWING blog, your bag looks so cute and obviously very practical too...I am going to check your other posts too but first of all follow you firstly...
    Hope you would like to visit me at
    With love

  14. So cute! I love the polka dot lining!

    I'm hosting a favorite things linky party and would love it if you stop by and post something!

  15. Amazing as always. What do you do w/ all these bags?

  16. Great Bag and great use of notions! The trim really makes the bag special, especially love the ric rac :)!

  17. So pretty!!! I hope you are proud of what you created.. because it's really great!

    Would you mind posting it on my blog please??? :)

  18. This is so cute. I love the denim and lace together.

  19. What a lovely project, a great size for a bag to grab and go.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share at Pin'Inspiration Thursday. Hope to see you on Saturday to help "Beat the Winter Blues". Have an awesome day.

  20. Such a cute bag!! Great idea! Thanks for sharing at my party :)

  21. You know how much I love this!! Thanks so much for sharing at our party this week!

  22. The denim and the lace are the perfect combination--so impressed! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  23. Seriously love this. I have done similar bags for my daughters, but never thought of using denim and lace. Brilliant.

  24. That is so pretty and dainty. I love it! I found you via the Flamingo Toe Link Party

  25. Love it! Thanks for sharing @'Sew Cute Tuesday'! Your project will be featured tomorrow, so be sure to stop by!

  26. Great job! I love the lace with the denim. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has to unpick things sometimes.
    Thanks for linking up.

  27. Nice finish! I saw the entries for the contest, how fun! Maybe I'll join in soon. Thanks for linking to Eat, Grow, Sew with all your projects ;)!

  28. Is there a tutorial? I don't seem to find one.I love this and I think it would be great as a wristlet.

    1. Thanks so much! I haven't written one yet, but it is on my 'To Do' list.


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