Sunday, May 20, 2012

Swap You Field Gnomes For A.....?

I'm participating in my first online Flickr sewing swap via Modern She Made Swap. This is a secret partner swap and the final project must incorporate some type of circle. It's been a great experience so far, and today I finished my partner's main gift, which I'm calling the Field Gnomes Beat Bag.

After reading my partner's wishes, I knew I finally had a reason to buy some of those Heather Ross fabric scraps I've been drooling over on Etsy.

Who doesn't love a gnice gnome?!
Then it was deciding what to make. I LOVE making bags and I felt like these fabrics were just gneeding to be used in a bag...but how? Originally I thought about making fabric buttons and sticking them on the flowers...but that didn't seem special enough.

My idea was that the gnomes would "pop" out of the flowers, almost like an inside look into the field of wild flowers. I've been afraid to try to applique, but decided to do some research, because deep down, I knew applique would be the way to go. Then, I discovered reverse applique.

I did a practice piece with some Garden State inspired fabric...

...and felt like this could work out.

However, would a tote bag be too simple? I love tote bags..but some of the projects being posted on the Modern She Made Swap group pool were pretty intricate and complicated. Peer pressure and insecurity started to weigh me down, but I managed to push those feelings away. Instead, I started sketching out some dimensions and got out my rotary cutter.

The Beat Bag, a fusion of my tote bag and hobo hipster sling bag, was born. This is a great size, roomy, and casual.

The girl on the phone is my favorite!

Now it was time to make my partner's actual bag. I figured out my circle placement, cut my scraps, got out the glue stick and started reverse appliqueing with my machine. It just didn't seem right, so I decided to take a shot at handstitching the circles. I think that was the right choice.
Handstitched circles, gnomes, and mushrooms, Oh My!

Feeling pleased, I went to work on the lining of the bag. Seeing that the outside was so fancy, I felt like the inside needed something, so I added interior pockets.

Double pocket on yellow polka dots.

Then, I put it all together. Say hello to the Field Gnomes Beat Bag!

I'm a tad bit giddy over this bag!
I'm pretty pleased with how this bag came out and I hope she is as well. I'm finishing up a few extra goodies to put in my package, so I'll post a picture of the final package before I send.

It's just a happy, cheery, bag!


Karen said...

So cute, love the fabrics on your prototype too :)

Cherie said...

Wow that's a very eye catching bag! She can't get lost in a crowd with that! =D

I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

Shawn Stephenson Schumacher said...

I love it it is adorable! Thanks for all the thought put into your swap gift!