Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Stitcher II

Becky let me know that my gift for her arrived (and quickly too -- big thanks to the Post Office). I made Becky a zippered bag to use when you only want to carry a few things and want your hands to be free. I like to make a nice long strap so you can wear it diagonally across your body. I also like to place the zipper in the back so it lies against your body. Just seems safer that way. I found a new tutorial for these that leaves no exposed seams on the inside. The link is in my sidebar if you are interested. I'd been trying to invent a way to do that for a while and just never could figure it out. Topologically speaking (that's math talk from a math major) there had to be a way, but that didn't mean I could find it alone.

The design is a part of "The Stitcher II" by Homespun Elegance. I added the border around the top and sides from a piece of the Hands to Work sampler in the Feb 2009 issue of JCS. The crocheted edging is from a book of edgings I have and this one is especially nice to do because you don't have to stitch a foundation chain first.. you just keep adding the pattern repeat til it's long enough.

I also used fusible fleece to give it some body. The fabric is Light Coffee 32-ct linen from Vikki Clayton. The lining is the same fabric as the backing.


19 comments:

Cari-in-VA said...

Annie your stitching and your finishing are both lovely. I am sure that Becky is just thrilled with her gift.

KarenV said...

You did a great job! I like the idea of putting the zipper in the back. I already have that tutorial bookmarked, but haven't got around to trying it out yet.

Miss 376 said...

Wow, Annie,that's lovely. I really like how you incorporate the different crafts

Rachel S said...

That looks wonderful! your finishing is awesome.

Mylene said...

Such a lovely, lovely gift you made for Becky!

Carol said...

How pretty and creative, Annie! I'm sure Becky is loving it :)

Annette said...

What a great zipper bag... I love the idea, sure I'm going to try it one day..
Lovely stitching on it, Becky will be glad with it.

Pumpkin said...

Fabulous Annie! You're such a beautiful finisher :o)

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I'll bet Becky just loved her little bag! What a cute finish!

Deb said...

That is a fantastic bag. I'm sure that Becky was thrilled with it!

Vinniey said...

Wow! Beautiful and lovely gift you made for Becky! Thanks for the tutorial link! I would like to made one for my daughter. :)

Olenka's Stitches said...

I enjoyed looking at your projects very much. The bag is a fabulous gift for a stitcher, you were very creative in making it!

Paula C. said...

That is a beautiful and wonderful gift!

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Pretty... got to give that one a try.

Nancy said...

Very beautiful!

Ranae said...

Annie!!
Your finishes keep me in total awe.
What a pretty finish.
I still cherish my PS you made me.

Siobhan said...

Annie, what a wonderful gift! I love the finishing--I am sure Becky will treasure it.

Sandra said...

That's a perfect finish Annie!!! Lovely pattern, beautiful bag!

Jackie said...

Annie, its gorgeous! I love the idea of the zipper being against the body. With the log strap, your hands are totally free. Perfect!