Thursday, 18 April 2013

A summer bag tutorial for the Liberty blog


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. 

Florence x

10 comments:

  1. That really is very lovely, Florence. And who couldn't use another bag? I know I could!

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  2. This is so pretty! Congrats! If anyone should be writing for the Liberty blog, it's you!

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  3. Ooh! Very nice! I'm actually making a very rare trip down to the Big Smoke this weekend and I won't have any children with me. I might actually get to fulfil my desire to visit Liberty and stroke some fabric (maybe even buy some to make one of these bags!). I'm going down to see an exhibition at the British Museum and I believe Liberty isn't far from there, London-ly speaking!

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  4. Congratulations! A lovely bag and an excellent tutorial. I love the first close-up shot of the two fabrics. You have such an eye for detail, Florence!

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  5. Love the bag Florence and how super to be on the Liberty craft site - well done you. I will certainly be making one (did i just say one surely not!) x

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  6. Love that bag. You will be great on the Liberty blog.

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  7. I always have a need for another bag. They are just so handy.

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  8. A very lovely and useful bag. Wonderful tutorial, and how fun to write a guest post on the Liberty blog! Thank you for sharing. :)

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  9. Congratulations! and such a pretty bag. I love Liberty and often pop in there when I'm in London

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  10. Thanks for the tutorial, we have an increasing need for a bigger beach bag with two small girls and all the stuff we cart to the beach.

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Florence x