Sunday, October 31, 2010

Testing 4 Nikki.

Late last week when Nikki was asking for beginner bag pattern testers, I put my hand up as quickly as I could. While I am not necessarily a beginner sewer, I have never made a bag from a pattern and was keen to give it a go.

This morning while my Mum was videoing the girls doing film clips to their favourite songs, I printed out the pattern and the pattern pieces and set to work.

Once I saw what I was making I realised that I have sewed a shopping bag before, a few probably, but I loved the idea of following Nikki's pattern and making it by the rules. I love that there was no guess work and therefore less room for mistakes and unpicking.

Nikki's Beginners Shopping Bag Pattern is brilliant, easy to follow, full of little tit bits of information and tricks and the end result is so neat and cute and practical. I learnt quite a bit along the way.

I think this would be a great pattern for a beginner or a refresher course for someone like me and I love Nikki's idea of wrapping her Christmas prezzies in these bags.

I made this one from a thrifted sheet and kept it plain but I have plans now to make some fancy ones.

My Mum keeps on saying how practical it is and what a great shape for toting writing books about in the city. Something tells me this one is going to be leaving my house tomorrow when she does. Lucky I've got the pattern and can make as many as I want and so quickly too.

So lovely readers, I hope you are having a great weekend.
We are off to listen to my sister Emily play in a cafe in town and maybe drink a glass of cider or two. That's about all this weather is good for.

See ya!


  1. Enjoy your day at the cafe! The bag looks great and your mum looks like the happy model too!

  2. Phew! Glad all that work was worth it.... Thanks for the thumbs-up. Hope your Mum enjoys her new bag!!

  3. looks good - I love the wrapping paper idea!

  4. Gorgeous bag, sounds like it's a great pattern.
    I love sometimes going by a pattern too , so straight forward no guess work.
    have a great time at the cafe xo

  5. I love the idea of 'wrapping' gifts in a bag......did it recently when running late to catch up with a friend with a hospital gift & she thought it wonderful & inspired!!! Truth be told it was just me doing stuff on the fly!!!

  6. Gorgeous bag, and gorgeous model too! Bags as part of the gift is indeed inspired. I can only imagine what the optioned-up versions shall look like, when they get the Kate treatment! Have a wonderful day, enjoy your outing on this misearble day. Pear cider is on the cards for me later, when my ace friends arrive for a spooky dinner!

  7. Lovely bag, I'm off to check it out. I'm not really a sewer? Just straight hard can a bag be???

    BTW do you machine or hand sew on your ric-rac?? I finally made some!! see my blog...I linked your tutorial as well :-)

  8. The bag looks great - sounds like you wil be making yourself another:)

  9. I could have done with that pattern when I was starting out - great idea :) Kx

    p.s. Still smiling at the thought of video clips of the girls singing songs :)) Some things never change - I remember singing Abba songs with my sister (and of course arguing about who's turn it was to be Agnetha!)

  10. That was nice! You look happy with your bag!

  11. This one came out great! (Mum looks gorg as well!!)
    I love her patterns and her instructions are super understandable and easy to follow .

  12. Lovely to see your mum!
    Have fun at the cafe,x

    p.s. do you say cider 'soydrr'?
    We do!

  13. Love the sheet to bag transformation! I've also never used a pattern for my bags, but it looks like this one is a winner!

  14. Totally adorable and I would steal it too :P....Have a great day with the fam..

  15. Another beautiful model at your place :-)
    She looks like you, or vice versa I'd say!

  16. Great design again from Nic , great work from Kate but isn't your mum just fabulous modeling for you !

  17. Gorgeous bag... and your mum has an awesome smile. I adore these pics... sweeter than the floral fabric itself :)

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