Thursday, 12 September 2013

Mama got a brand new bag!

Ta dah!

I finally finished my Blossoming Bag! I started the band for the handles yesterday afternoon, then I stayed up late after my chamber choir rehearsal so I could get the second handle attached (getting to the end of a WIP is like the final chapter of a good novel – you simply must finish it now!). Whipped up the two little dangling blossoms today and voila!

I thoroughly enjoyed this project, from Cherry Heart. The instructions couldn’t have been clearer – I even used the crochet diagrams, which I normally shirk from because they look confusing. Not so here, and now I’ve learned another skill!

The join-as-you-go technique made this crochet together quickly, and the double-sided lining was sewn up in no time.

I’m pleased with my lining, as I’m still a novice with the sewing machine. The inner lining is the ditsy floral, the outer lining, which peeps through the holes between the flowers, is a plain light green linen.

I had quite a spring in my step as I carried this on the school run today, forcing everyone I passed to stop and admire my handiwork...

Now it’s on to the next crochet project

I’m very keen to start working with this T-shirt yarn straight away so I can do a review of this book!

I know a lot of you already have Cute & Easy Crochet with Flowers either in your hands or on your wish the lovely Marianne from Ladybird Diaries and I are organising a Crochet-A-Long to get us all working on some flowery projects! More on this project very soon...

Happy crafting!

Chrissie x
P.S. Thank you to everyone for your comments on the Monday Cake! I've heard from a few of you who tried it with other jams; it seems to work with every kind...yum!


  1. Wow, your bag is gorgeous. I've ordered this book today, I look forward to see what you'll be doing. Deb x

  2. Your bag is so lovely, and the two dangly flowers really just make it perfect. I can't believe you are already starting on the next thing. Looking forward to seeing what you make next. Don't blame you for showing the bag off to everyone!!

  3. Ta Dah! indeed. It is truly fabulous. I saw that pattern too but didn't know if I had the patience for all those tiny flowers but it looks brilliant from over here. Jo x

  4. Oooooooh L U S H! You are a clever girl :o)
    love jooles xxx

  5. it's really beautifull Chrissie, very inspiring! the t-shirt yarn looks interesting too, Heather x

  6. Absolutely stunning and so professional looking too. Love it, we'll done!

  7. Anonymous7:02 pm BST

    I love the bag! I keep meaning to improve my crochet skills - but I spend too much time sewing!

  8. Your bag is so beautiful. I love the lining and all the colors you used. Well done!

  9. Exquisite bag, Chrissie! You'll really stand out in a crowd with that beauty (you and the bag)! I also love your beautiful lining choices, and well done you for using the diagrams - they can be a bit tricky but I agree, Sandra is very good with her detailed directions.
    Looking forward to hearing more about your and Marianne's plans for the crochetalong - where do you find the time for so much craft in your busy life!
    Joy xo

  10. What a beautiful bag! Love it....LoVe it....LOVE IT!!!

  11. You should be proud of your bag, it's beautiful. Looks very well made indeed, you are so talented.
    S xx

  12. Love the bag Chrissie, nothing like getting a new bag. I am to try the cake this weekend after I made some plum jam yesterday, can't wait to try. Hope you have a lovely weekend. See you Sunday. Ps email Stiana. Xoxo

  13. Chrissie, the bag is completely gorgeous!! It really is, the colours are so beautiful and the lining complements it so well. In fact, it is perfect in very way! Getting very, very excited for our crochet-a-along now....
    Marianne x

  14. Love the colours! What a gorgeous bag.

  15. Hi Chrissie just love love love your bag, it is just stunning. Would love to join your crochet-a-long - excited about it now. A fantastic post as always Chrissy, thanks so much
    Lots of love

  16. It's so beautiful and I love your choice of interior fabric. So glad you enjoyed making it too :D

    S x

  17. Aw, just LOVE your bag - well done, it's gorgeous! I've got the book on my birthday wish list so really hoping the birthday fairy checks before he goes shopping ;-) Looking forward to hearing more about your crochet along, I like the idea of those placemats too.

  18. Love your new bag, it's gorgeous! The lining is very pretty and a perfect finishing touch, together with the little dangling flowers...I do love little extras like that!
    Helen x

  19. Loving your bag, so pretty!! gorgeous colours xx