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Something for Me

In the midst of making things for the Sweet and Sinister Swap, and the swaps I signed up for at Silver Bella, I came across the most enticing idea at Natasha‘s blog – an “It’s All About Me” blog party challenge.  The focus was to make something for ourselves, something we have been wanting but had not had time to make.  I signed up, and got right back to work on my various swap commitments.  Last weekend, however, I found myself with some time to make a lil’ something for me!

I have been trying to decide just how to tote my supplies and trinkets around for the various classes at Silver Bella in November, and finally came up with a plan for a craft tote of sorts, made to my own personal specifications.  I had some wonderful old raspberry colored drapes, and a stash of Shabby Chic fabric to play with.  I wanted something pretty but not too fru fru, something that could double as a (big!) purse for the flights out and back to Omaha, and something that could hold the various crafting supplies, stash of lace, ribbons and antique photos, as well as  a snack or two (I have heard there’s very little down time between the classes at Silver Bella!).

Here’s what I came up with…..silver bella bag 09 001 crop

The outside is Shabby Chic fabric, a wonderful paisley linen bit I picked up at Beekeepers Cottage in Lucketts, Virginia.  Inside, I lined the bag with the vintage raspberry drape fabric, which also worked perfectly for the handles.  The pockets on each long side are another Shabby Chic fabric scrap, a floral cotton this time, for scissors, pencils etc. silver bella bag 09 005 In the middle of the bag is a removable divider that buttons on to the sides.  I envision it will work for holding ephemera, antique photos and such.  I like the divider option so much, I am thinking of adding a 2nd one.

removable divider pocket

removable divider pocket

removable divider pocket buttons onto main bag

removable divider pocket buttons onto main bag

To stiffen the sides and bottom of the bag somewhat, I used a fusible Pellon Peltex 71F between the lining and outer fabric.  The interior pockets and dividers are made a bit sturdier with good old fashioned buckram.

The result is a lightweight yet sturdy, squishable (if needed) tote that pleases me – which was the whole point of this blog party challenge!!  I can’t wait to try it out and show it off in a few weeks.silver bella bag 09 010 crop

Thanks Natasha for such an inspiring and motivating challenge.  I am now one step closer to being ready for Silver Bella, and have a beautiful new craft tote that I am sure will be getting tons of use!

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