Here at Woolly Chic it has recently all been about the bags! In the last few weeks, I have launched my new Mandala bag kit, hosted a brilliant Bag-Along event and finished my BetsyMakes Star Flower Bag. In this blog post I thought I would share some of bag designs to inspire you! There is something so fantastic about making something that can be practical and yet stylish and unique.
I have received such fantastic feedback on my Mandala bag kit that includes 4 25g balls of Woolly Chic DK wool, a crochet hook, a learn to crochet guide and the specially designed Tote Bag, onto which you can sew your crocheted mandala.
All of my bag designs, I realise, combine wool with fabric, and the two go together perfectly. I have selected beautiful fabric to match the different colours of Woolly Chic wool and machine sewn them into bag linings for the Shoulder Bag Knitting Kit and the Hexagon Handbag Crochet Kit has a pre-sewn calico lining with handy storage pockets. The linings were specially made for me by Jane of GardeningWitch Designs, whose website http://www.gardeningwitch-designs.co.uk , you should definitely check out, as she sells the most beautiful project bags, stitch markers and shawl pins.
It was so lovely to see so many people at the Festiwool Bag-Along party in Hitchin this week. The aim of the event was to launch the Bag-Along competition, where you can win some fantastic prizes, (one of which is my Mandala Bag kit!) included gorgeous hand-dyed yarn, stitch markers and the Festiwool Magazine. All you need to do is make a bag (knitted, crocheted or sewn) by the 10th November and either bring it along to Festiwool or post a photo on the BetsyMakes Podcast Discussion Group on Ravelry – https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/betsymakes-podcast-group/3691644/1-25
I was so pleased to have finished my BetsyMakes Star Flower Bag just in time for the Bag-Along party. It is gorgeous and Sam’s pattern is really easy to follow with written instructions as well as a chart. You can download this pattern for free, along with my knitted Festibag pattern when you buy a ticket for Festiwool. The Fair Cotton would be perfect for making this bag!
There is even more exciting bag news to share, I will have with me at Festiwool Patricia Harris’ (Hesadevil on Ravelry) pattern for her new bag design, which showcase perfectly the Katia Fair Cotton. This lovely little seamless bag makes a perfect project bag. I am crocheting a shawl at the moment and with the ball wound, placed into the bag and the bag popped over my arm, I am able to crochet whilst standing or even walking along! I can see many advantages of this!!!
Hopefully, you too are now inspired to make yourself a beautiful handmade bag!