Yeah, my first give away!! What took me so long? Ah, this is sure to become a habit! This bag turned out so lovely that there was no way I was taking it to market. Not to mention, it’s humble beginnings began at …..the infamous Fabmo! Free Designer Fabric Samples.
If you have never heard of Fabmo in Mountain View, California, you owe yourself a chance to visit this fantastic little find. While Fabmo has been around for over 10 years, I only just discovered it over a year ago. When my sewing began to take over my life!! (Sooo did not see that coming. But I digress.)
I am happy to share with you all today this must see spot on your travels (especially if you are creative in any small or large way). It’s not just fabric! Head on over to their website and meet Hannah and Jonathan (founders) at http://www.fabmo.org and hear more of their wonderful story of how they began collecting fabrics, wallpaper, etc and where they are today in a new distribution center. Their love of repurposing fabrics that would generally end up in landfill (I kid you not! High end, interior decorator samples of ALL sizes) could be a small documentary for the crafty at heart. Not to mention they are the kindest of folks you could ever meet!
When I was there last year I picked up this beautiful little sample of linen (see photo at right) and since the size
was the “exact” size of the green bag pattern I made a few weeks back, literally what else was I to do but shave off the bottom corners and finish it off as a stunning large to medium market/travel/you name it bag. There was hardly any left to tack onto the interior pocket, but in the name of design sake I have to tack it on. Like wearing jewelry or like wearing socks, you just feel better!
As you can see I found a wonderful matching fabric for the lining and straps at Joanne’s and left off those ridiculous tabs from the previous green bag. Also one thing that I really like to do to my handbags, is to top stitch the bottom of the bag (shown below prior to the stitching). All I do is with the seam ironed open flat, top stitch 1/4” on seam and gives it a nice design touch. I think it helps reinforce the bottom in the event you overload your bag! Somehow I have lived this long and not taken out a shoulder, but I better not say that too loudly.
I loved how this bag turned out. Very Crisp, elegant and yet casual. A great gift and my first give away.
The lucky winner will be drawn after I have 50 comments entered. Once that happens, my associate will draw a number between 1-50!
There are two blogs, Word Press and on the website, so it won’t be so obvious who the surprise winner may be….at first! So, gals and guys stop being so shy. Win this beautiful bag with compliments from Fabmo, Hannah, Jonathan and myself!! What a team. A perfect gift, beach bag, market bag or just plain pretty bag.
And don’t forget to recycle whenever, wherever, however, whatever you can. You will amaze yourself at how much lighter your footprint can be. The planet will be ever so thankful.
This is my first give away, so I kindly ask you all to be patient while I work out any potential glitches in the process and make sure that everyone gets a response.