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