Another wonderful DIY bag to share.
Nerida has used different fabrics to accent the bag with this lovely pattern being used on the straps. She has also enhanced the finished bag with the beautiful embroidered design on the front. Great stuff!
Jolijn has made these two amazing DIY Classic creations for herself and her sister, both have unique personalities using different fabrics, patterns and textures.
The black velvet bag is very stylish and classy, with the richly patterned and coloured red lining it really stands out.
I love the vibrant green colour of the cotton Classic. The patterned lining suits it so well and is sure to brighten up even the dullest winter day.
Jolijn writes that her next project is two DIY Onbag Babies! I can't wait to see what colours and fabrics she uses.
Don't the special red DIY Onbag labels look smart too?
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.
"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!
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.
Jess used a Jim wrap-scrap for the front and back panels, and a black cotton drill for the strap.
The wine-red of the lining taffeta brings out Jim's highlights, while the black works really well with his darker shades.
I'd love to see action shots of this bag - very beautiful.
Guin had two lovely scraps of print fabric that she wanted to make good use of so she asked us to come up with a way of making slip covers for the flap of her custom bag.
As you can see - the results are pretty impressive. The plain purple bag with purple taffeta lining is beautiful enough - but the slip-covers are both stunning.
This is Kristin's DIY Onbag - she chose lovely natural colours and a leafy lining to match.
Kristin decided to skip the zipped back pocket and found the rolled hem a little daunting (not the first I don't think!). So she modified my pattern to use bias tape instead.
You can see the original thread on The BabyWearer here.
Still, the lovely Claire sent me a couple of action shots so all is not lost!
The bag has a chocolate brown, beautifully soft, cotton drill outer and a wonderfully bright Ferrari-red taffeta lining.
Thank you everyone for this wave of interest! All your enquiries are much appreciated and your kind words are gratefully received!
The lovely Lucy, who was previously in charge of managing the waiting list and creating beautiful bags, has had to stop sewing for personal reasons. Sad as this is for Onbag, I do completely understand her decision and I wish her all the best in getting everything back on track.
The upshot of this is that I'm afraid I will have to shut down the custom list for the forseeable future. I have just recently moved house (and country) myself and I am putting Onbag into a lower gear while I allow the family to regroup and re-establish. In this situation I do not have the time to sew the bags myself (even if I had a sewing room set up!) or to go through the process of selecting and quality-testing a new seamstress.
Through blood, sweat, tears and dog-attacks(!) Sheila has struggled on and produced a beautiful bag. She has chosen a patterned outer fabric has has done a beautiful job of lining it all up with the pockets.