Guest post / Special delivery appliqué baby bucket bag

Designer: Samantha Schofield

I really love creating bespoke handmade sewing gifts and when I was invited to guest blog for Sarah’s crafty blog I was thrilled. I am now really inspired to crochet after seeing all her really cool hooked makes!

For this project I have created an exclusive baby bag design which can be made in one evening. Once you have cut out the pieces and used the Bondaweb, the project is completed before you know it.

When my baby was small, I used a bucket calico bag similar to this to put all her toys and baby blankets in when we went out and about. You can never fit everything in a change bag! So if you want to make a gift for a newborn or if you are expecting, take an evening and make this easy project. This design is based on my Vintage Bird Canvases, available on my Etsy store.

Choose your colour of fabrics, print off the pattern and go and create!

You will need –

  • Calico fabric 75cm x 135cm (standard width)
  • Lining fabric 75 x 135cm (standard width)
  • 3 separate fabrics ideally all natural fibres e.g. cottons and silks. (They will wash without puckering)
  • To cut out the bird 25 x 25cm, wing 10 x 10cm, bag 15 x15cm
  • Bondaweb 25 x 25cm
  • Tracing paper or baking paper 25 x 25cm

Sewing kit –

  • Spool of self coloured sewing thread for bag
  • Sewing thread for machine edging appliqué shapes
  • Stranded cotton embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needles
  • Sewing scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Knitting needle
  • Tape measure
  • Use of a sewing machine

Let’s create!

Making your appliqué shapes

Select three fabrics which complement each other. I picked a yellow cotton, beige spot cotton and dark pink silk. I normally choose one print and two plain fabrics with a common tone running through all.

The first thing is to cut out the appliqué shapes:

  1. Print off the design, trace over it with the tracing paper and cut out.
  2. Pin the traced design onto your fabric making sure that it straight on the grain line and cut out. I added a small gather to the bag fabric before cutting it out but this is personal taste. If your grain line is wonky the final design will look screwed up and will not sit straight.

Once you have cut out all three, you need to add the Bondaweb to the back of each piece:

  1. Make a sandwich of tracing paper.
  2. Take your shape and pin the back to the sticky side of the Bondaweb.
  3. Slide your fabric between two pieces of tracing paper.
  4. With the iron on a low heat iron over the paper slowly. Let the fabric cool for a minute then peel away.

Edging your shapes

  1. I used a contrast coloured thread and a small straight stitch to finish the pieces.
  2. Your shape is now ready for ironing onto your bag!

Edging your design

Cutting out your bag

Cut out your pieces. You will need four –

  • Bag – cut out 1 piece 75 x 31cm
  • Side panels – cut out 2 pieces 33 x 10cm
  • Handles – cut out 2 pieces 57 x 10cm
  • Dimensions include seam allowance.

Making up your bag

  1. Take the bag piece and create a bottom but adding a pleat 32cm from the top and bottom of the fabric. Pin on the reverse and stitch.
  2. Pin the side panels to the wrong side of the bag and stitch down the sides and across the bottom. Clip the corners so the bag will stand.

Adding the appliqué

You can now iron on the appliqué design.

Ironing on the appliqué

Place the pieces on the bag and iron with a cloth between your iron and the pieces in case the Bondaweb sticks to the iron.

Bag handles and lining

  1. With the strips of fabric, stitch on the wrong side then turn using a thread to pull through and a knitting needle to push the fabric tube inside out. Press to finish.
  2. Stitch the handles equal at both sides of the bag and overstitch to strengthen.
  3. Repeat the bag in lining fabric stitching seams on the reverse so hidden in the bag. Stitch to the top of the bag leaving a gap to pull through the bag. Handstitch to close.

Making handles and finishing touches!

To finish I added this lace ‘baby’ design from my local haberdashery store but a ribbon bow would look just as good. I also ran a running stitch in stranded cotton around the stork to make the design stand out on the cream fabric.

I hope you get as much satisfaction making the project as I did. Happy stitching! For more inspiration visit my website or my blog to rediscover vintage and ladylike crafts!

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