Sunday, April 1, 2012

"Fern and Flower" Drawstring Bag- Part 2 of 2

The finished bag (fern side)...

 
...and flower side.

 
I used narrow, grosgrain ribbon for the drawstring...

 
...but made the straps a bit shorter than with my previous bag.

 
Filled with things, it looks like this...

 
...and I hope that my friend will find it a useful size for storage...

 
...since she may already own a few too many of my purses!  Grin.

 
After sewing on the satin ribbon casing...

...I threaded lengths of narrow grosgrain ribbon through it...

...one from each side of the bag.

This enabled the drawstring to work easily...

...while allowing the bag to open to its full width, as well.

By working inside-out , the pencil roving just melted into the felt...

...and the design didn't shift or deform...like it might if you added it last.

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10 comments:

vilterietje said...

heather, it's beautiful.
one of my fellow pupils is making her final work in felted ferns.
her grandchildren.
one in the button, one slightly opened and the last one fully opened. it's going to be beautyful!:)

Heather Woollove said...

Riet--What a cool project your friend is doing! Great idea (very symbolic)!! XXO-

Terrie said...

Very neat and soft outcome. I love your way of making. I've no idea of what pencil roving. I admire how you put on the fern pattern and turnout so neat. I'm curious.

Voie de Vie said...

OhMyBob, I love this! That fern looks like a fiddlehead. :)

Rachel said...

Looks really good - a great pattern!

Sandie Knapp said...

I love the color, and it's adorable! I'm sure it will be treasured and well used. :)

Kathleen said...

So pretty, I'm completely in love with the fern design.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, ladies!!
Terrie--Pencil roving is a type of roving that has been drawn until it is the size of a fat pencil.(It looks like soft yarn.) You can purchase it easily in the US. Maybe you can find a compay that ships overseas?!?

Andrea Meadows said...

I love the bag! I've wanted to try some drawstring bags for quite a while now and yours has given me the nudge I need to get going on one for my daughter to use as a camera bag. I think it'll just be a plain bag, no design on it... not yet at least!

Thanks so much for sharing! The pencil roving idea is fabulous!

Heather Woollove said...

Andrea--What's nice about a drawstring bag is that when you cut out the resist at the top of the bag, it doesn't really matter whether you get a perfectly straight and even cut. The 'wiggly nature' of the cut area just makes it ruffle more when you pull the bag shut! :)