Friday, April 27, 2012

My Bella Bag

Finally I get to make a bag for myself. For ages now I have been using the Slouchy Bag designed by ChrisW Designs. It's held up really well, in fact it still looks like it's been hardly used, I loved the bag design but wasn't keen on the colours so yesterday I finally finished the Bella Bag to replace Slouchy. Then in the evening decided to make me a wallet to match my bag. It's about time I treated myself. LOLL

This design is by wait for it....................... yes you guessed it, Chris W Designs. I can't help it if I like her patterns. LOLLL
If you'd like to make one too you can buy the pattern from here.

As you can see it has a pocket on the front and two at the sides.
The back also has a zipper pocket. The only thing I did different was the straps. Christine's design has grommets and egg-shape snap hooks to attach the straps. Mine were too small for the straps I had already made and as it was a holiday here and everywhere was closed I made my straps like this.

The whole of the bag has been free motion quilted. I'm really pleased how it turned out.
Inside there are two slip pockets and an extra slip pocket behind a zippered pocket.

After making Bella I decided I needed a wallet to match so I made this one. No it's not a Christine design. LOLLL This one is a Keyka Lou Design. It's the Zip Pocket Pouches pattern.
Here's the link if you want to make one.

The pattern uses a Velcro closure but I'm not too keen on Velcro so used a magnetic snap instead.
All that's left now is for me to go out shopping. Maybe some more fabric. LOLLL

One last thing. Just thought I'd show you my green runner beans that have just sprouted. I can't wait for the harvest. LOLL

I'm going to be making a clutch next so don't leave it too long before you check back.

Thanks for stopping by

~ Maria ~


  1. It's gorgeous Maria! Love them both.

  2. Nice bag Maria. I love making bag of all kinds. I'm sure you'll get a lot of use out of this one and lots of compliments too.

  3. Hi Maria, the first thing I want to say is: Absolutely beautiful creations!!I love your bag, I like the shape and color. I loved seeing the free motion in the fabric of your bag, really beautiful. I also like your wallet, when I have some time maybe I'll buy that pattern to do it too, I liked how you did it. On the other hand I'll be looking to grow your beans, all that is green at this time of the year I love it!!!!

  4. Totally Perfect!!! I'd love to have you share at my JUST opened!!!

    XO, Aimee

  5. This turned out great! Really pretty! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Nice bags. I saw your blog on patchouli moon studio and I'm drawn to the flamenco dancer. Did you dance? I danced flamenco and jazz for about 6 years. I was 26 when I learned.

  7. Love the shape of this bag, Maria!!! The side pockets not only look great, but are so practical. I've enjoyed looking through the bags you linked up today. Looking forward to seeing more of your creativity!

  8. Hi Maria, I've featured your Bella Bag today...


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