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Sunday, 9 March 2014

WANT TO WIN A Poppy Bag for Hillarys Blinds Country Craft Competition

To have a chance of winning this bag, pop over to my Virgin Money Giving page and read about how could be entered into the draw to win this bag  

Via Twitter & Bloglovin, I found out about a competition being run by Hillarys Blinds.
The aim is to cut, stitch & blog your way to a £1000 prize.
Click on the link above to enter - hurry though. The closing date is Monday 17th March 2014

Anyway, I clicked on the link and followed the on screen instructions and a couple of days later, I received my sample of 'wild poppy' fabric. It is beautiful fabric full of artistic poppies and has a really nice 'weight' to it. Perfect for cushion covers, chair covers, light upholstery etc etc etc. 

I am not a prolific sewist so went for something I have made before and opted for a hobo bag.

Unfortunately, I cannot remember the pattern designers name as I bought the pattern a couple of years ago and transferred all the pieces onto doeflex and put it away safely - so safely, I now have no idea where it is!!

In addition to the wild poppies fabric, I bought some red cotton lining and also some little cute ladybird buttons to sew on for interest, There's 3 dotted about in total. 

I added a magnetic clasp for security and an inner pocket, as they are always handy.
The bottom of the bag has been 'sugar bagged' (as Mandy Shaw would say) so it will hold quite a bit and stand nicely. I have put some wadding in between my layers to give it more 'oomph' but this isn't necessary - interfacing would work (and in fact it does as my original bag is made that way).

I had a couple of issues with the handles, but I persevered and think they are okay.
As I said to my best mate, Jax, earlier, 'it's not perfect, it's rustic' :-) 
It is a one off, so totally unique, along with all its little imperfections that you WILL  come to love :-)

I like to try and raise money for different charities as and when I can, so when I can figure out how to do it, both logistically and legally etc etc, I will possible raffle this bag for The Poppy Appeal 

Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by my blog today x

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  1. That's gorgeous, Cazz! Fantastic fabric, and much better sewing than I could hope to do. Good luck.

  2. This is beautiful - I wouldn't know where to begin!

    1. Thank you Kate. x It's a lot easier than you think. To get some inspiration, look at Debbie Shore's video's on YouTube (and many others). She's very good at explaining things x

  3. Wow this is beautiful xx Jan

  4. This is beautiful, i love the ladybird x good luck x

  5. Your bag is lovely. Well done!