Little Bag Giveaway – Winner!

Participating in this Sew Mama Sew Giveaway was just as fun as the last one. My mouth is watering with some of your favorite summer drinks – Mojoto, rose wine, gin & tonic, blackberry lemon tea, white wine spritzer, elderflower cordial, Pimm’s Cup #1, water w/strawberries and basil, lavender lemonade, Arnold Palmer, pear cider – just to name a few!

The winner of the “Passport Bag” is Alexis of cobcottagecraft.com. Her favorite summer drink is rhubarb lemonade. Congratulations! I hope you’ll love you new bag!

The strap is 1 1/4" x 50".  The dimensions are 7 1/2" x 10".

The strap is 1 1/4″ x 50″. The dimensions are 7 1/2″ x 10″.


A big thanks to everyone who submitted an entry. I truly am flattered that you took the time to visit my blog to enter the Giveaway. I do have a few of these bags for sale in my Etsy shop, if you care to take a peek.

Best, Lori

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Tie dye for the mature woman

Both my mom and my aunt appreciate my creativity and always enjoy getting handmade gifts from me. This year I decided to dye some t-shirts for them. They are both lovely older women and not “old hippies”, so I fashioned their shirts in their favorite colors palette and used nice 3/4 sleeve, crew necks from Jones New York. I used one of my favorite dye techniques (actually no “tyeing” involved), low-water immersion dyeing from Color by Accident by Ann Johnston.

Here’s the results.
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The one with the gold is for my aunt. She attends a lot of University of Washington footballs games. Maybe she could wear this shirt. I left the gold out of my mom’s, even though she a Huskie fan too. She now restricts her color palette to colors that compliment her beautiful grey hair.
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Now let’s hope they don’t see this post, at least until after Christmas!

Wear a little tie-dye on your hip

A few months ago I posted photos of some beautiful hand-dyed fabrics in Great Weekend for Dyeing. I felt they were too pretty to cut up, but I finally took the plunge and made a few things. Here are two fold over bags.

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I sewed on leather handles. A first for me. I just got a new machine that can do this. (40 year old Elna Super – I still love you and will always keep you.) The inside is fully lined with an Amy Butler print fabric. (Side note – I had the good fortune of attending an Amy Butler workshop in Los Angeles this past Saturday, and she truly is a rock star. Also the nicest – and possibly tallest – woman on the planet.)
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Refreshed – new handles for Sandra

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There are few things I love more than knowing that a bag that I have made has been well-loved and well-used. My bags are made of fabric, and while I pride myself on craftsmanship and functionality, it’s just a fact that fabric does not last forever. My dear friend Sandra came to me with a bag that I had given to her probably about eight years ago. The handles were completely broken. The sight of those broken handles distressed me, but I also felt pleased that she had used so much that the handles had worned out.
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Now Sandra lives green, she always looks for ways to save and re-use. I love that instead of tossing the bag out, she brought it back to it’s maker, and said, “The rest of the bag is still in perfectly good shape. Is there any way to replace the handles?” Argh, repairs and alterations, the two things I dislike using my sewing skills for. But because it’s Sandra and one of my bags, of course, I will think of some way to replace the handles.

I went through my hand-dyed fabric stash and was pleased to find a piece that would work perfectly with the purse. I removed the old handles. Instead of sticking the new ones between the layers, I sewed them on the outside.
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Now I’ve been inspired to “refresh” my own bags with worn-out handles!
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Sandra cooking on the left, our friend, Audrey in the middle, and me on the right.

Sandra cooking on the left, our friend, Audrey in the middle, and me on the right.

cool cat bag

I ordered two cat print fabrics online because I wanted to make a tote for my son’s girlfriend who likes cats. I decided I would choose which one I would use for Ryley’s tote once the fabrics arrived, and I would make another bag with the other print. I just finished the other bag and put it in my Etsy shop.
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The fabric was originally grey, black and white with accents of pink. I over-dyed it with deep yellow and bright pink. The bag is fully lined with pink polkadot fabric and it has one interior pocket.
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The dimensions are 8″ x 8″ x 2″. You can throw it in the washer and dryer!
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Here’s the totebag I made for Ryley. She likes purple.
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A true mixed bag

This bag incorporates many things I love. The reverse applique is inspired by the techniques in the Alabama Stitch Book. Every part of this purse is sewn by hand. It’s made from recycled T-shirts. The top layer is hand-dyed, the middle layer is a souvenir T-shirt with a kitchy seaside image and the inside layer is a well-loved sweatshirt.
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I love to knit and felt. The handles and the bottom are made from felted stash yarn.
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Despite the handmade nature of this bag, it is extremely durable and can even be washed!

This bag is for sale on Etsy.