Monday, July 19, 2010

lovely crafts: my line of bags

Hello! I have been keeping myself busy all day preparing for the Pond Party this weekend. So busy, in fact, that I neglected to post today! But, the way I see it, I still have about an hour and a half until it is officially Tuesday so I am still safe (be sure to stay tuned for tomorrow, btw, Lisa will be sharing a lovely recipe with us!).  
I will be selling some homemade totes, clutches, and a big all-day bag at the event this weekend. I'm really hoping to do well not just to rake in some extra money, but also because if the bags go over well this weekend I am considering selling them online at Etsy
This photo is of some of the hand-embroidery I have used on the clutches. Also, some of the bags feature a pretty tulle flower!  Because I am who I am, I had to have a common theme for the collection as a whole.  The bags are all made with cotton muslin outside, and white cotton lining.  They each feature a one-of-a-kind touch-whether it be an embroidery or a flower, each is unique.  The color scheme I used was beige, white, brown, silver and, of course, pink! I'm really excited for the way they are turning out and am really hopeful for a good response!

If anyone is interested in purchasing a bag (or bags) please let me know! As of now, the clutches are $8, the small totes are $10, and the all-day-bag is $20.  I am planning on offering more styles and sizes if the response this weekend is good. Please leave me a comment, or email me here.

I used some patterns from Sublime Stitching. The thing I love most about embroidery is how relaxing it can be. Yes, there are times when your floss may get tangled or your stitches will look a-mess, but it is always so possible and easy to start over. And, some of Sublime Stitching's patterns are so easy, they only take about ten minutes to complete. Embroidered items can be such neat and personal gifts, too!  Sublime Stitching offers some really modern and fresh patterns (so long farm houses).  I would really encourage any fellow crafters to dive into hand embroidery!  I was also really inspired by Lotta Jansdotter's book.  It is full of simple sewing projects that don't look so "home-sewn".  I used the tote bag pattern from her book about 2 years ago and found it so simple.  That is what I base my tote bags from now.  I would love to try to complete every project in her book (an idea for a series, perhaps?).

For now, I will embark on this bag-making business with a grain of salt.  I am a busy chic, goodness knows I don't need more on my plate.  But, I really love sewing and creating.  And I love it even more when someone receives what I've made and enjoys it too.  So why not make a few bucks while I'm at it?

Be lovely and goodnight!
Kellory Jeannette

1 comment:

  1. I always wanted to try embroidery, believe it or not I grew up cross stitching. Embroidery was always intimidating because of its lack of structure compared to cross stitch. In cross stitch there's only on place for your stitch to go. I like the freedom of embroidery though, and you can do it on almost anything! Good post