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Fishstick Designs Linen Fabric Swap Challenge

This is the third day of the Linen sewing creations made from the fabric the 4 contestants swapped.  They each sent and received 2 yard of fabric and then sewed it up!  Their only stipulation was that the fabric be Linen.  Today, Bonnie from Fishstick Designs is here to show you what she created:

Hello, all! I am so excited to join in Linen Week of Challenge Create! (I’ve been sewing and blogging for ages, but this is my first time doing a contest like this. So far, it’s been lots of fun!) Janice from So-Cal Sewing Mom sent me the these great linen solids in one of my favorite color combinations:

She packaged them up beautifully and tied them with a bow, too. Isn’t it fun to get pretty mail?

I knew as soon as I received the fabric, that I wanted to make it into a new handbag for me, but it took me way too long to decide how exactly I was going to do that. (I seem to be the queen of the last minute dash to the finish!) Thankfully, once inspiration struck, the bag came together just the way I imagined. I started by turning the sewing machine logo that I designed for my website into a paper pieced “quilt” block. Then I grabbed some freezer paper and started piecing!

Once, my sewing machine was ready, I sort of made up the bag pattern as I went along. I added a zippered pocket on the back. (I can’t live without at least one zippered pocket!)

For a little bit of extra fun and straps that are adjustable, I made little loops at the top of the bag and tied on the handles.

Inside, I hid two cell-phone sized pockets and two pen/pencil pockets in a great whimsical cotton/linen print. I adore the sewing machine on the outside, but the sewing goats inside make me laugh!
Come on over to my blog for tons more pictures and more details: Challenge Create – The Linen Edition. Thank you so much to the Skirt Fixation Team for inviting me to join in, and thank you, Janice, for the beautiful fabric! I LOVE my new bag!

This bag is so fabulous is so many ways!  Adjustable straps, pieced sewing machine, happy colors, zipper pocket, and contrast top stitching…dreamy!  When you are done giggling about the sewing goats, click over to the Linen link up, and be sure to link (up to 3) Linen sewing projects to show off your linen sewing projects for a chance to win $25 from L’Osieau Fabrics. And come back tomorrow to see the last linen fabric swap challenge!

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