Saturday, 7 May 2011

The "It" Bag - or rather, the "Make It" Bag

Reckon I've got my make it mojo well and truly back as I have finally used up some patchwork I had made using some of my treasured vintage textiles by making this ruched tote bag

Those of you who remember the 70s might recognise some pieces of vintage Laura Ashley prints; then there is a 30s paisley chintz in the prettiest pink tones; antique French ticking; 30s barkcloth; French print; Liberty furnishing linen; some vintage toile de jouy.  The top panels are made from an 80s Boussac oversized paisley floral.  Handles from burgundy suede.  The binding on the top of the bag is a pique ribbon my Mum used to trim a lace dress I wore as a child back in the 60s - told you, I never throw anything away!!  So, as you can see, I love hunting out vintage French textiles as well as English ones.  My hubby still has nightmares about all the times he has to stand in a French barn in the middle of nowhere, arms outstretched to receive the textiles I am excitedly removing from huge jumbles of fabric laid out on trestle tables. 


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