Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ditty Bag from Gathering Dust

This is a Ditty Bag that I made from a tutorial by  Beth  of Gathering Dust.  She does these wonderful bags using a lot of vintage lace and fabric.  She was kind enough to show all her blog readers
how to make them.  When you go to her blog,  go the right side bar and  look under
recent posts for the how to instructions.

This is the first one that I made and it is for my MI daughter who likes
shabby chic decor.  ( A note to OR daughter who is more interested in modern decor.  I will make you one if you are interested.)
I am not happy with the drawstring, because it
is so short, but that is all I had.  However, I will keep
my eye out for something else to replace it with.

The crocheted lace is from an old doily that I cut up and the lovely
aquamarine velvet ribbon, under the fine lace is from an
Etsy purchase, as is the lace.

I sewed buttons from Jenni Bowlin that I bought online on the bottom
lace.  Beth used some bags that she bought at Michaels, but I
couldn't find any, so I made by own bag out of some muslin
that I had.  I sewed the lace from the bottom up before the
sides were sewn together.

I did not include the bottom layers of lace in the side seams
as I wanted them to be loose for some movement.
When I was finished, I soaked the bag in a hot tea bath. 
I used three bags of tea, to a large bowl of hot water,
and soaked  it for a minute or so.
I am very pleased the way it turned out, except for the drawstring, and
plan on making more, a lot more.
  Thank you Beth for you wonderful idea and instructions


Beth Leintz said...

I love how you added the blue and the buttons- what fun details!

ByLightOfMoon said...

I just adore your ditty bag, the laces and turquoise color are beautiful! The drawstring is just fine! Smiles, cyndi

Gina said...

I love the addition of those buttons at the bottom!

Anna said...

Hi Nancy, thanks for leaving a comment on my OWOH post. I love this bag; I have a think for lace and the colors are wonderful!

Knot By Gran'ma said...

This is stunningly beautiful. Glad I stopped by. Thanks for visiting my blog and joining in on the OWOH event. Blessings of happiness!

CreativSpirit said...

Hi again Nancy, your ditty bag is beautiful and I am off to check out the tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

stampdiva said...

Hi Nancy
Thank you for joining my OWOH Giveaway (@ Adorn)
Had to pop over and say "hi". This is so dreamy, absolutely love it.

Lynn Stevens said...

Its breathtaking Nancy! WOW


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