Friday, 7 December 2012

French connection

This is why I love making bags! Today I completed an order for a bag for someone who loves going to France and all things French. I am really pleased with the way it has turned out.

The fabric is French toile, which I bought from Love Fabrics; it is manufactured in France and was sent to me from France. Because of the rural designs on the fabric I fussy cut it but, fortunately, didn't have to waste any. The fabric has a linen look and feel so I interfaced it with light iron-on interfacing before working with it as I was a fraid it would fray. I think that has given the bag the extra body it needed and it looks really neat. I used Thermolan as the bag interfacing.

Inside there are two slip pockets and a key/purse hook. I also fussy cut and  made a zippered coin purse. This is what the bag looks like:

This is the front with a tab closure with magnetic snap. And this is the back:

I just love this fabric! Don't you just love it when things come together as planned?


  1. I do love the look of french toile, your bag looks lovely i'm sure the lady who it is for will love it. and yes you're right it is lovely when things come together as planned xx

    1. Thanks, Tracy. I have another half metre of the fabric. It will stay in my stash until the right project for it comes up.

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    1. Thanks, Virna. I was pleased to find some African toile a few years ago on a visit back to South Africa. I used it to make a bag for a French friend and then I made a small table cover, a table runner and a cushion cover for my sitting room - a nice reminder of scenes from my home Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

  3. All your bags look so nice and professionally made! I love the French toile too. I have some in my stash too and will give it to you when you come to visit. I am not making anymore bags :(

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    1. Yes, I know it's you! Your bags are probably nicer than mine. Don't give up! People might not want to buy a handmade bag but they love getting them as presents! I'm planning to make some to bring to SA as gifts - don't put me off!
      Me xx