June 30, 2010

love your veggies bag

Summertime! Wait a second, long sleeve shirt? Yep, that's a June morning in Seattle. I shouldn't be griping - at least its not raining. Until we hit our official summer weather (after Independence Day weekend, of course), I thought I'd brighten things up with a new bag (big surprise)...

I actually purchased this canvas bag from Target while I was in Chicago. I forgot to throw my smallish diaper bag into my suitcase, so when I unpacked, I found myself with only my super huge carry-on bag. Since I didn't want to lug that thing around for two weeks, I splurged on this bag ($12.99 - for a pretty cute little bag!).

When I returned to Seattle, I decided to spruce it up a bit with some embroidery on the pocket. I used another Sublime Stitching pattern that my friend Anna gifted to me a while back.

The happy little garlic and dancing carrot are just what I needed to make this bright lime bag even more cheerful! My embroidery is getting better, but I still have a long way to go (check out my first embroidered pocket project). I decided to make the garlic purple because I like purple better than white - and garlic is kind of purplish, right? It made me chuckle when I finished this embroidery and thought about how carrots and garlic are really not summertime vegetables. Oh well. They are so very darling and I couldn't resist them.

The feature that I really like about this bag is that the strap can be shortened or lengthened so that you can make it a hobo-style purse or a cross-body messenger-style bag. The pockets inside are pretty useless, the lining is very thin, and the pocket on the outside could use a closure of some sort. Perhaps I can use this bag to create a pattern of my very own with these improvements! Can you hear my cynical laugh right now? Can my to-do list of sewing projects get any longer?!

I think I'll sport my new bag to the Farmer's Market this Friday! :)


  1. I love the dancing purple garlic!
    If you are enjoying the embroidery: Alicia Paulson has a new book coming out this August.

    Your cynical "I'll make my own pattern" laugh is ringing through my head right now...sounds very familiar to mine. Ah, we're so inspired for women with so little "extra" time, aren't we?!!!

  2. I love it! It makes me think of my garden and they are very cheery little vegetables!

  3. I hear about the June gloom. I'm currently wearing a hooded sweatshirt...in JULY! I have a couple of Sublime Stitching patterns and I think I'm about to have more. These veggies are great and I love what how you used them on your bag!

  4. What a nice blog, let me say that you have what some people call: ''writer's wood'', no really,
    this could be the best thing i've ever read since that last post of ''Tabasco's Grill'' by Henry Townsend, i can't wait
    for another masterpiece of yours!!!! =)

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