a pretty cool life.: My first attempt at a lined bag

Saturday, February 27, 2010

My first attempt at a lined bag


What's better than a bag made with one of your favorite fabrics?

A bag made with two of your favorite fabrics.

I threw this together last night while my husband was out.  IKEA decorator fabric on the outside and more upcycled dining room curtains on the inside. 

Yes, I realize the picnic table quality about it.  I like it anyway. 


My new brave self even managed a pocket.


I don't know why I haven't been doing this all along.  I think in my head I had some crazy idea that I needed to make two bags...one outside, one inside...and then slip the inside one in the outside.  Nope. 

To make the lining, all I did was cut two extra pieces of fabric, the same size as my main pieces.  I layered them, wrong sides to wrong sides of the main pieces, and went about my bag making business.  So easy!


I don't know how many tote bags one girl needs, but have a feeling those vintage sheets are going to find themselves as linings of many more.

And do you need a laugh?  My bobbin thought it would be a great idea if I had this mohawk of thread coming out the top of my new bag.  Pretty awesome, huh?


22 comments:

  1. i love the picnic-ish look of the bag - makes me feel like warm weather and sunshine might just be around the corner!

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  2. Ah I hate it when my bobbin does that! Glad it is not just me! Your bag is seriously cute!

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  3. Ahhh Cheryl...bobbin disobedience is a hobby of my sewing machine. Your bag looks divine. And those two fabrics work beautifully together.

    Last time I made a bag, when I turned it inside out the handles diappeared into the bag never to be seen again. I just wrapped it up , shut my mouth and gave it as a gift to the intended recipient.

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  4. That's great! I love all the great ideas you share :)

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  5. I don't think a girl can ever have too many bags...ever! I love the red checks, and i'm certain the vintage sheets will make sweet totes too.

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  6. I think it's adorable, and I agree with Tracey--you can never have too many bags. ;)

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  7. Oh, Wow!, Cheryl! What an ingenious epiphany - about the lining. I've purchased so many bag patterns, but the whole process of the lining seemed like such a pain. Your way makes so much sense, and easier too!
    The bag really turned out great.

    I hate when my bobbin goes haywire like that! So frustrating!
    Thanks for sharing your idea. I think I'll try it out!
    Carla

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  8. Love the mohawk. What a great bag and putting a liner how cute. I agree with Tracey that a girl cannot have too many bags!

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  9. Great bag! and what a great idea for those sheets. I have several that I could use for the same thing. Jackie

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  10. Awesome bag! Your are so creative, seriously you need to open up a little store for all your adorable hand made items! Great job!

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  11. I think you have done a fab job!! Mine wouldnt look anywhere near as good!

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  12. the picnic quality is superb! make it your picnic bag, or at least carry snacks in it.
    i made a skirt out of a tablecloth a few years ago. i always get a lot of comments on it. you know, like...."wow, that looks like it could be a tablecloth" and "oh, you made that? i just can't sew."
    what???

    anyhoo :) i like my tableskirt so i just keep wearing it

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  13. Hi,

    I think you are funny and clever and I love your blog - just wanted to get that out there.

    B x

    p.s the bag is very cute.

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  14. I thought I was the only one who got "mohawks" when I sewed.

    Exquisite!

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  15. This is awesome. My bobbin must be related to yours! I hate when it does that. And I love the picnic fabric. It is so happy!

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  16. It so cute and really looks like it fits you. How exciting that you were able to try something new and realize that you could do it! :)

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  17. Love this - your fabric choices are adorable

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  18. Love your new tote. I agree a woman can never have too many totes. This coming from one tote lover to another. Love your choice of fabrics. the lining reminds me of Cath kidston fabrics.

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  19. Oh my goodness- I LOVE that bag. REALLY love it!!!

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  20. Love that bag! do you sell your stuff!!

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  21. I'm VERY new at this tote making thing and i need to pics to figure out the wrong side to wrong side thing. does the unfinished edge show inside?

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  22. lili, mi piace il tuo blog ,o tanto di imparare da voi buona giornata a tutti

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