Sunday, 13 May 2012

Ooh la la!

Bonsoir Mes Amis!

Meet Elise ...

That's my name for this sweet little French girl who likes to walk her poodle through the avenues of Paris, cycle past the Eiffel Tower, feed the birds in the park or visit her local cafe for some elegant patisserie.  Oh, what a lovely life she has!

Today I managed to hide myself away with no work, no family, and no prior commitments.  It was just me, Elise and my sewing machine until tea time.  And this is what we created so that Elise is no longer hidden away in my stash drawer where she has been resting neatly folded for about a year now.

I promise the front is not as gathered as it looks in this pic.  As well as Elise, the bag is made from a
lovely cotton/linen blend fabric in petrol blue which it's really hard to get a true representation of here.

This great multi-purpose bag is from Judith's Boxy Bag pattern which I have been dying to try for ages.  Sadly, I was on holidays last August when she held a workshop for this bag but thankfully she is now selling the pattern on her Etsy shop, and since I have a crochet project on the go that is currently being toted about in a horrible reusable grocery bag that's a good enough excuse to stitch up a new stylish project bag.

The pattern was lovely to follow and is a snip at just £4 on Judith's Etsy Shop.  The bag finishes at a substantial 12" x 12" x 6" deep and although this one is destined to carry my yarn, hooks and chevron throw in progress, it's a great size for books, for lunches or for general shopping.

My little embellishment was made using this lovely, simple hair clip tutorial from Polka Dot Pineapple.  Can you see those cute little pastries on a plate on the fabric covered button?



  1. Sarah
    this is a beauty, love the colours and the fabrics, Elise is fab.

  2. Your bag is lovely. I hope that you and Elise have many adventures! Good pattern too!

  3. What a lovely make. So glad you got some me time (aka sewing time).

  4. Oh this is gorgeous S! Love the fabrics and it will be perfect for your crochet projects. V.well done! Jxo

  5. That's lovely! A new tote bag is on my "must make" list. I love the colours of yours :)

  6. Such a gorgeous little bag! The Paris fabric is just so sweet - the blue matches beautifully.

  7. This is a great bag and Elise is so lovely!

  8. Oh Sarah.. This wee bag makes me want to dander along the streets in Paris and stop at a cafe for a coffee and pastries! Love love love it!! X


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