Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Funky Tween Bag

Hey all,

Well it's finally happened my little girl is growing up and she wants a "real' bag or purse depending on where you are.


however since I don't want to let my baby girl grow up too quickly I wanted her to have a bag that makes her feel grown up but to be young enough for her to still be my girl and this gorgeous fabric I was given to try from wholeport fits both our requirements. you can find it here.

I used the Convertible Clutch pattern from LBG Studio which I purchased as part of the Sew Fab promotion over at Sew Jereli.

But I also wanted to show you a trick I have for patterns when I am using fabric that can't be pinned.

I print my pattern and stick it together.


Then trace it onto the back of a piece of adhesive vinyl (or you could use contact paper)

Cut it out and stick it onto the vinyl. For this fabric I wanted to make sure I got the images of the girls in full.

It works great the fabric does't slip and I have the perfect pattern in one piece for next time, so no reprinting, just copy your darts and instructions onto it. It doesn't slip and I have never had any issues with sticky residue however I would suggest that you test it if you're concerned.


I used a pretty polka dot for the lining and the handle


DIY Delight or Disaster? Elizabeth loved the print and I plan on making her a few more accessories with the left over fabric. It's perfect for a young girl on the go. Being waterproof it wipes clean and it's grown up enough for her to feel like a lady but young enough for me not to cry that my baby is no longer a baby....Delight!

Don't forget to check out the rest of Wholeports fabric range here

Thanks for reading,

Mel xo

Be Delighted Every Day, Follow Mellywood's Mansion!
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25 comments:

  1. Love the fabric! Indeed very funky ;-) Cheri's tween years had gone past so quickly, I can't remember what she was into then !

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  2. That is so cool, Mel! What a DELIGHT! Your sewing talent never ceases to amaze me!

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  3. That is a fun print for a tween! This is a delight.

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  4. So cute and I like the fabric you chose.

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  5. I love the fabric my sweet friend. YOU are a creative spirit. LOVE IT

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  6. Love the bag. I bought the pattern bundle too (through Toni) and can't wait to make it.

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  7. Oh so mod, love that fabric, love that bag, TOO CUTE!!

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  8. Gorgeous Tote...I bet your girl just loves It! Now she can a matching bag when ever she needs! xoDebi

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  9. What a brilliant tip with the contact paper. I never would have thought of that. The fabric is adorable, especially paired with the polka dots. You did a beautiful job...and no matter how old she gets, she'll always be your baby :)

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  10. That is one sassy, funky cool bag! I love it! Too darn cute!!! Every girl needs a fab clutch! Awesome job!!!

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  11. Definitely a delight Mel! Love your tip too! :)

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  12. Sucess!!! Looks great & love the fabric!
    Great tip too ;-)

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  13. Hey...that bag makes ME feel grown up!

    -andi

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  14. My ten year old constantly wants me to make crafts with her. She's going to love this! Pinning.

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  15. So cute, love that fabric! What's the deal with little girls wanting to be big. I do enjoy when my 7 year old fills up an old purse with all the "essentials" of a grown up. An old cell phone, crayons and a pad of paper.

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  16. Stopping by from the Daily Blog Boost to say Hey! This little bag is so cute and I know of at least one niece that will be getting one for Christmas. Thanks for sharing. <3 Kim

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  17. So cute! Coming over from The Daily Blog Boost. Thank you for sharing!

    Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt

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  18. Love the shape of the bag and the print on the fabric!!! Great tip for fabric placement. I must try that when I'm cutting small circles for things like covered buttons... I always get them off centre.

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  19. My granddaughters would go nuts over this bag!

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  20. Love Mel!!!! I wish I could sew like this! I need a bag just like this!

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  21. Great tip Mel! I use oil cloth a lot so it would be perfect for that! The bag looks great, I bet Elizabeth loves it :)

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  22. Super cute! Thanks for sharing great tutorial!
    Enjoy your day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  23. That is super cute! Great Job, Mel :)

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Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, between housework and 5 kids, this is the only thing I get out of bed for ;)

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