Modern Mary Poppins

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Me and my brand new bag.  In this picture the bag has three large beach towels inside, with room to spare!
One side of the red tie half of the bag.  It is a little hard to see in this picture, but there is lovely button embellishment that follows the floral pattern on the fabric.  I arranged and sewed more than 100 buttons onto the bag before attaching the lining to the bag.
This is side two of the red tie half of the bag.  It has red, green, and purple of the same style upholstery samples patched together.
This is side one of the brown tie half of the bag.  It is a patchwork of various coordinating upholstery samples.
This is side two of the brown tie half of the bag.  It is a large sample of one of the fabrics on side one of this half of the bag.  I added a large pocket with another of the samples used on side one of the brown half.
Me and my brand new bag.  In this picture the bag has three large beach towels inside, with room to spare!

Me and my brand new bag.  In this picture the bag has three large beach towels inside, with room to spare!

I am entering this bag into the Eco Chic category.

It is made from old upholstery samples that I saved from the garbage, four old ties saved from a bag forgotten in the back of a closet, and buttons saved from the depths of my craft room. The bag is fully lined and also completely reversible! Each panel of the bag is different, but made with coordinating upholstery samples. Consequently it is like having four different bags in one. I made each half of the bag like I would make a normal tote bag, with squared off bottoms for extra storage space. Then I sewed a neck tie onto each side of the bag with the tie covering the side seams and the triangle bottom of the tie on the bottom of the bag. One half of the bag has two red ties, and the other half of the bag has two brown ties. The ties are sewn together on the sides of the bag to create a strap for the bag. I used the extra part of the ties as a bias tape to connect the halves of the bags.

The solid part of the "red tie" half of the bag has over 100 buttons hand sewn onto the bag mirroring the flower pattern of the fabric. The solid part of the "brown tie" half of the bag has a large pocket sewn onto the middle. The bag measures roughly 15 inches wide, 15 inches tall, and 5 inches deep with a handle 32 inches long. The pocket is 8 inches wide and 5 inches tall. The bag can hold a massive amount of stuff (three large beach towels and there is still room for more!) I call it the Modern Mary Poppins because it reminds me of Mary Poppins' carpet bag. The upholstery samples have a similar feel to a carpet bag, and it holds so much stuff I expected a lamp and hat rack to come out of it like Mary's bag!

I think my bag should win because it fits the category very well and all the materials used to make the bag were reused and already in my possesion. The bag is unique, took a lot of work, a lot of love, and is highly functional. Also, it is four bags in one!

More pictures of the bag can be seen on my Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/25370403@N08/

posted in: gallery, fabric, green, red, buttons, tote, brown, recycled, neck ties, upholstery samples

Comments (3)

tweetysnest writes: Very nice!
Posted: 7:38 am on July 7th
MissBeadAlot writes: love it!
Posted: 10:07 am on August 4th
ReFabulous writes: Cute and roomy, minimeg! Nice recycling, too.
(And it's good to see you, too! :) )
Posted: 11:05 pm on July 28th
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