July 2009

More Lovely DIY Bags

I've been getting some lovely pictures of your DIY creations lately.

These last two make a nice contrast with each other, showing the range of invention that you clever people are capable of!

On the left is a stunning purple and gold Onbag Classic which was made for one Natural Mama's Forum member by her kind kind mother.  You can read all about it here...

And on the right you'll see a lovely matched sling and bag in soft natural tones.  I do love the action shots with the beautiful babies in them!  

This sling/bag combo is both very beautiful and very practical - and really streamlines the whole bag-baby-sling look!

Onbag Baby - 'butchered version'!

Well, I wouldn't call it butchered!  But the talented lady who made this bag, and two slings with accessories to match (!) insists that she's messed about with it to the point that I'd be horrified!

Well, I think I'll cope, because it looks fantastic.  I love the applique cat, and with the ringsling and pouch it will be stunning.

You can see her whole journey here on the Natural Mamas Forum.  Now we just have to wait for the lucky owner to get her fantastic present, and for her to send in some action shots!

"Here is a quick description:

I had roughly 1 meter of 150cm wide fabric left over from making other things.

I was in a hurry so ...

I cut the lining and main fabric pieces together, then stiched around each piece and left a small opening on a seam edge (so opening would be closed when sewing bag together) to be able to turn each piece and topstich tops of pockets, bag edges, etc, thus removing the need for rolled hems and making the pieces easier to work with (I could do this because my lining [an old bedsheet] was a block colour which would not look odd if it showed through some seams).

The strap was 3 lengths of the remaining fabric sewn together using french seams to ensure the strength of the strap wasn't compromised (the main fabric and lining were sewn independently for this so that the seams would lie next to each other and not on top of each other when sewn together to reduce bulk) and the joins were blended into the aethetics by placing the strap/loops (instead of elastic) just under the join on each side.

As the joins sit just above the main body of the bag they interfere with neither the functionality of the straps nor the drap and feel of the main bag.

I made the bag wider to reduce the "blocky" look of the end product and I ignored the recomendations for pocket sizes and simply made pockets which looked and felt right to me.

I added a pocket to the outside, back panel of the bag for shoving muslin squares/tissues, etc into.

I added side pockets on the inside too for bottles/talc/drinks

I hate velcro with a rather strong passion so I used a magnet bag clasp under the pocket on the front panel instead."

Charity Raffle!

Southhampton Sling Meet are celebrating International Babywearing Week, in conjunction with Portsmouth Sling Meet.

The event will take place at their usual venue: the Windmill Children’s Centre, on Monday 21st September, from 1 until 3pm

There will be a cake stall (please do bring along cakes or biscuits for us to sell) and a charity raffle/auction as well as the usual opportunity to try out a selection of slings.

Up for grabs in the charity raffle will be a lovely Brown/Gold Onbag Classic and several other lovely prizes, including a custom Dreampod and a Napsack.

I'm very pleased to be able to support their event, and I hope it goes well!

Eva as a DIY Onbag

Isn't Eva pretty!

I'm a big fan of Eva (a Didymos Wrap in case you are wondering!), I have a shortie with a lovely fringe and I'm very fond of it.

So it was lovely to receive pictures of this wrap conversion.

Jenneken says:

"...this one I made out of an old Didymos Eva wrap ringsling.

It had a tear and I didn't trust it anymore so I cut it up into pieces and made an Onbag that's in between the baby and the classic bag.

I had to cheat with the long straps since the wrap was only 2 meters long, but with a double seam it works fine...

I put the lining only on the inside of the bag and not on the straps.

I use this bag every day now"

Mini DIY Onbag in Corduroy and Applique

This is a very lovely little bag.

Our intrepid DIYing community has come up with yet another variation - this bag is smaller than the standard and is also longer and shorter.

The brown corduroy works really well with the appliquéd flower on the front.

The lining is of the same material as the appliqué.

If I am not mistaken the creator of this bag has also gone for slightly narrower straps.

Altogether this is a very neat little bag for short trips, or light packers!

Judith's DIY Leather Onbag

I'm so impressed with this bag!

I had thought of trying one in leather but I really don't have the skills or expertise for it...

Judith (who is also the author of the DIY instructions in Dutch) has made this with a lovely bright striped lining.

Judith says:

"I wasn't sure my sewing machine could make it through a few layers of leather but it worked out all just fine.

I had to make a few changes because leather is slightly different to work with and I had to change the measurements to fit the pattern for the peace of leahter I had available.

Because the onbag is a little smaller than the baby onbag (27x27 cm, straps 14cm wide) I assumed the purpose is different. I'm going to use it for citytrips (not a whole day, just one or two hours)

I left away the sidepocket and loops because of this changed purpose (and I like to backcarry my daugthers)."

It is so great to have such talented designers and seamstresses from all over the world contributing to this design.  I am overwhelmed by the creativity and talent which is pouring in from all directions!

Green Linen with Bright Floral Lining

What a bag!

This will certainly make a statement, and is a perfect example of how wonderful a custom bag can be when it is exactly, precisely what someone wants - I don't think one of the standard bags would really have hit the spot here!

The lovely Lucy who handles the custom bags says:

"I must confess to thinking that Hannah was slightly barmy when she sent me this fabric combination for her Onbag, but it works amazingly well together, and I think the finished bag is now my favourite one that I have made so far!"

Hannah chose a lime-green linen with a bright floral lining for her custom Onbag Classic.

Why not join the waiting list for your own perfect bag?

Karen's Contrast Stitched Bag

Karen says:

" I've made it for a friend who has a newborn and little sewing skills...

...but I'm so pleased with the result that I'm making one for myself!  

I went for sizes halfway between the Baby and Classic (have made one of each in the past and felt that something inbetween would be perfect!!!)."

The result is very striking, and I like the contrast stitching very much!  

Looking forward to squishy newborn action shots!

Jenneken's Blue Applique DIY

Jenneken's BagJenneken's BagJenneken has created a very beautiful DIY Onbag Classic.

She has chosen a nice slate-y blue outer matched with a lighter blue and white floral print lining.

Jenneken says:

"thanks so much for this great pattern.

It took me a while to figure it out but once I started I could finish the bag in one afternoon.

I made a few mistakes, forgot the loops and put the side pockets too high but all in all I'm very happy with the result."

I would be very happy with the result too!  I like the way the tones work together and how the contrasting stitching matches the lining.