Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Remember when I went to the Sewing Summit and we were given all that great swag? 
Well it came in this plain, boring, canvas bag.

Little did I know there was a method to their madness.
The organizers, Erin and Amy, wanted us to use this plain bag and refashion it into something that would show our creativity.

So I cut off the handles and the top of the bag,
opened up the side seams
and then thought what shall I do to make this fabulous?

I saw this pillow on Pinterest and thought I might use it as inspiration

I thought this pillow was really pretty, too.

But when you leave it to the last minute and you have a birthday dinner with friends the same night the bag is due to be posted to Flickr, you go with what ever pops into your brain when you open your fabric closet.
This is what was staring me in the face. My box of selvages.

So I just started randomly grabbing selvages and sewing them in rows across the canvas.

At this point I didn't know if I was going to sew it back together as a market bag or try to make a different style bag. Then I remembered Jeni's Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial and BINGO! I knew what I was making.
I used the Sewing Summit tag to make a pocket on the inside.
 My Lapel Stick came in handy to keep it in place before sewing it down on three sides.

 It even has a place to hang my keys.

I added the Kei Honeycomb dots in black to the top of the bag.

Covered the handles with Red Honeycomb dots

and voila! My bag is done.

This bag is huge and will hold a lot. I don't know what I will use it for yet, but it is very sturdy since it is made on a canvas bag foundation.
Hop on over to the Flickr site to see some of the other refashioned bags.

Thanks for stopping by,



Canadian Abroad said...

Love the bag and am amazed this is what you could do with little time and the pressure of a deadline!

Susan Snooks said...

Great 'duffle' bag! Perfect for the boys to throw their dirty washing in to bring it home for Mum to wash? Put a sleeping bag in it? No matter what you use it for, it will be appreciated for its sturdiness and size! BTW- You obviously do work well to a deadline!

Ellie said...

Wow, what a great idea. Your bag looks great - you are very clever.

Annabella said...

Inspired! Totally adore it and can't believe you just whipped it up before dinner! Gorgeous Di.

Sarah said...

This looks great...I've been wondering what to do with my tiny selvedge collection...might pinch your idea :D

Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

You should totally win Di. It is fabulous!!!

Cindy Sharp said...

Love it.

Y've inspired me to go play with my selvage stash.

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

Wow - what a great use of those scrummy selvedges!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh that looks fab, and love all the selvedges you used.

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

Hi Diane, I followed oyur advice - and hey presto, now I can write you comments!

Jeni Baker said...

Seriously, AWESOME! Love it!

Cindy said...

Love love love it! I wish I had just a quarter of your creativeness!

Shanea said...

Really? You continue to amaze me! Great just great!

kinter said...

That is incredible. I am obsessed with selvages and save every last one. Hopefully, you will decide to go again next year and we can meet!
Thanks for linking @ This Week!

Tiffany said...

Brilliant - Love it - Way to go!!

Mermaid Sews said...

Wow, you are so darn talented. Love this.