Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The beauty of scraps

I've been managing to find a little more time to play in the studio lately. One of the things I really wanted to get done was a cute purse to take with me to Round Top, as I knew that every where I looked all you creative gals would be running around with fabulous handmade things. While at a quilt show earlier in the year, I saw several adorable rag quilts and purses and I knew I had to make one. Instead of using the quilting fabric that is usually used, I used scraps of fabrics I had around the house. The main part of it used to be a bed coverlet. I also used linen, burlap, cotton duck and white denim. I'm working on a tutorial, so I will share that with you soon.


One of the sweetest gals I met at Round Top is Riki Schumaker. She is terrific jewelry artist. She saw my bag and asked if I was interested in doing a trade. She wanted a little change apron for when she does her jewelry shows, and I wanted a piece of her jewelry. I came home with a necklace, and made her this apron. I am really happy with the came out, and I'm thinking I need another purse in some slightly darker colors!!!

62 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

Your bag and apron are beautiful!! I'd love a bag like this! Hope you had a wonderful time at Roundtop!

XO,
Jane

Charlene said...

I'm thinking I need one of each!!!!!!! Oh how I wish I had both these treasures sweet friend. HURRY with that tutorial :) Elle & I miss you!!!!
HUGS!
Charlene

Sylvia said...

absolutely beautiful!!!

Sylvia

time worn interiors said...

Your bag in wonderful! And the apron is a cute idea! I love to trade! Have a great week!
Theresa
aka:tot

CinnamonLaine said...

LOVE them both and anxiously awaiting the tute! Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne of Pieced Pastimes said...

The bag and apron are just lovely! Love the textures and looking forward to the tutorial.

Cindy Craine said...

I want one!!!! Hurry up, make those blog designs, sell that book, book that convention, make that tutorial, geez woman, you must have roller skates taped to your feet! Miss ya-xoxoxox-cin

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

How KEEEEEUTE! I'm loving' both of these things you showed. So adorable. I have a craft room full of bits and pieces and you visually gave me tons of ideas!!!! Thanks....
Have a great Easter!
debbie

bobbie said...

that bag is GORGEOUS!!!

Regina said...

Karen...I LOVE your purse. I love making bags myself...that way you get just what you want..LOL Looking forward to your tut. LOVE the idea of swapping too..that's always good. The change apron turned out awesome and ummm where is the photo of your piece of jewelry. Would love to see.

Hugs,
Regi

Tammy said...

By far the best looking bag I've seen!! Use of vintage linens and crochet items is so lovely!! Looking for to your tutorial!!
Have a great day!!
Tammy :-)
JUNK WILD

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Certainly IS beautiful! I love the look of your bag. And what a fantastic apron!

Jacqui said...

Your bag is so creative and beautiful!!

Sheila R said...

Love all the detail and textures of your bag and apron!

Have a wonderful week.

Debbi said...

ahhh, good trade! Creative use of vintage and re-purposed pretties too!

Jean said...

Wow - that bag and apron are beautiful! Can't wait for the tutorial! You are one creative woman!
Thanks for sharing.

oldgreymare said...

LOVE this look..You may be making lots more soon : D I think the demand and desire has arrived. lol

Really lovely Karen.

xx
z

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Oh, Karen, you are just way too talented! Love the bag and apron, so, so cute!

Devonay said...

So beautiful! Your work is amazing. I will be waiting (impatiently) ;) for the tutorial. Both the apron and the purse are just wonderful!

One Shabby Old House said...

Do you hear all the oohs and ahhhs from your followers? My friend you are amazing. Love love love your purse!
Hugs
Becky

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Oh my goodness! That purse and that apron Karen...you could be making a second living on Etsy with gorgeous goodies like that!
Not only are you the best blog designer EVER...but you are an incredible seamstress as well. You go girl! Love it.
Blessings and Hugs,
Karen

Nancy said...

Love them!!! Isn't it fun to create a vintage look with fun fabrics. I think I see a class in the near future!!!!
XO Nancy

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Wonderful job Karen, you outdid yourself on both items, now that isn't a talent I knew about, so glad you shared as now we really have something in common. You need to have a Etsy shop for sure, I haven't even tapped into my sewing room yet but that is right up my alley and I can see you did a first class job! Great use of fabrics with lots of texture. Yummy! Happy Easter Sweet girl! Hugs Marilou

Faded Charm said...

So cool Karen. I really like the change apron you made also. I need something like that when I do my shows.

Also wanted to comment on your last post about all the great treasures you got in Texas. Lucky girl:)

Kathleen

Marilyn said...

Hurry and do that tutorial.Please!!!!

Amy P said...

So gorgeous! It kind of matches the cuff I just made ;)

goddessandmagick said...

Your purse is so "french and cute" I will love to make that too! Thanks for sharing your pretty bag and apron!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

I just love that bag, Karen! It's gorgeous and the apron is so beautiful too. Mmhh, all those yummy laces ... :-).
Hugs,
Julia

Barbara Jean said...

Love your beautiful bag!!
can't wait for tutorial. thanks

blessings
barbara jean

Eydie said...

I love you blog. This is my first time visiting. I am so looking forward to coming back for more.
xoxo

The Rustic Victorian said...

The bag and apron are just wonderful Karen! Well done!

Marcie

Patty C. said...

You did such a great job !!! I hope you enjoyed your time at Roundtop ;)

Lisette said...

I am totally in love with the bag! Wow, wow and wow! can't wait for the tut!

Joanne@ Desertmountainbear said...

I love the apron, it is beautiful. But the bag is a WOW! Every element you used to create it fit together like they were meant to be.

BE said...

I have NEVER seen a more beatyful bag. It is gorgeous :)

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Karen,
Both of these are lovely! I'm inspired to dust off my sewing machine!!!
How beautiful your Scrap Bags are!
Hugs!
Deb ( who is still thrilled with her new blog design)! I've gained nearly 70 new followers since you gave me my wonderful make over!

Miss Sandy said...

Gorgeously clever my dear friend, love it!

Rebecca said...

Karen it is fabulous!
Blessings
Rebecca

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Wow I love your purse and the apron you made is adorable!!!

Diane said...

Both are FABULOUS, Karen!! Using the textured coverlet really, really, really makes it!
XO Diane

laurie said...

what a craetive spirit you have,, we share the same passion for repurposing,, your blog is beautiful,, thank you for sharing , lookin forward to the tutorial,,

vicki said...

Oh Karen - I LOVE scraps and your little purse is a fabulous collection of "this and that"! Love that apron too - what a great way to use some beautiful scraps that you cannot part with!

Vicki

susie said...

I LOVE this Karen!!! Knowing how fabulous your bag was in person, I can only imagine how wonderful this little apron turned out. Just too cute friend!!! I think I need one too!!!
Hugs,
Susie

Margo said...

What, so you just pick up some scraps and out comes this gorgeous creation!!! I don't think I like you any more!!!!!!!!! :-) My birthday is in June...hint,,,,hint.
Huggs, Margo

Conny's Cottage said...

hello,

i like the bag soooo match.

very lovly fabrik....


greatings send you Conny

Vintage Begonia said...

Love them both!!!!
Take Care,
Jackie

Pamela said...

Your creativity is amazing. Visiting your blog is a treat. I lose myself in the beauty.

May your Easter be full of joy,
Pamela

Suz said...

That is a beautiful bag. You got some wonderful things at Round Top. I would say, for limiting it to your suitcase, you made some major good buys. I love your new doll!
Fondly,
Suz

Toyin O. said...

That bag is lovely:)

katie said...

I just love the purse. I am going to start hitting the thrift store for supplies. Can't wait for the tutorial.

gail said...

Hi Karen,,, I love, love, love this bag. Just adorable.
Have a great trip to Round Top.
I hope you had a pretty Easter weekend!
(()) Gail

Creative Grammie said...

OMG! You are amazingly talented Karen! Your purse is knockdown gorgeous and the apron is the best. TFS and warm hugs.

Toyin O. said...

The bag and apron look amazing; thanks for sharing:)

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Your purse turned out just perfect!

Zoanna said...

Very classy. I am not a fan of quilted bags or clothes, but adore your choice of fabric and the whole design. Kudoes!

His Way or Her Way said...

Beautiful!!! Your blog is just gorgeous. I enjoyed visiting with you and hope you'll stop by our blog soon!

Lori

Carolyn said...

I want that bag! Gorgeous!

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Milly Axling said...

So gorgeous!
Hugs Milly in Sweden

Marie'soldnews said...

LOVE this bag! Your tutorial is really good and I can't wait to try making one! Thanks! Marie

Char said...

Finally got it Karen. I was looking at a finished bag. Gesh!! Thanks again so much and I will post the bag when it's done, Char

Kathy said...

Hello Karen,
This is amazing and beautiful - I have been reading all the lovely posts on this event at Round Top - what a wonderful time you all must have had! This bag is amazing!
Beautiful fabrics!
Kathy

Denice said...

Why don't I see measurements for the rag bag pieces?

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