Regular readers will know that I have something of a bias for using Liberty prints when sewing, so I'm delighted to have been asked to write a guest post tutorial for the Liberty Craft blog. I designed a summery bag for carrying groceries (or if the English summer arrives this year, supplies to and from the park) - it's cavernous, but isn't over-sized and the handles can be set to be just the right length to wear the bag both on your shoulder or to carry it in your hand.
I chose my fabrics from Liberty's new Stile collection of quilting-weight cottons - I am utterly in love with this elegant, deeply saturated blue print (and it's the same colour as my very favourite cardigan).
The upper portion of the bag lining is cut as a separate section so that you can use the same print as that of the outer fabric, so there's no visible peeky-over fabric bit from a contrasting lining.
And the outer pocket is piped with more Stile print goodness.
And there's a boxy bottom. Because that always seems like a good and practical thing.
I hope that if you're in the market for making a quickly-put-together spring-summer bag then you might enjoy making one yourself. I can't wait to use mine as it's been sitting patiently in my wardrobe for over a month now. As I write this it's still raining, but I'm hoping that the publication of my tutorial on Liberty's blog will serendipitously affect the weather systems and cause it to be usable as of tomorrow...
You can find a bit about me, as well as my bag tutorial, here. And if a summer bag doesn't appeal today, then do go and look through the archives as there's some wonderful tutorials from other bloggers to be found there.