Wednesday, 10 October 2012

A 'Going Away' Bag

Tomorrow I am going away for a few days. Most years I go to the Aglow conference and meet up with my Mum and some ladies from her group. I find that doing Lincolnshire to Southport, Friday to Sunday, is really tiring so this year Mum and myself are going a day early so that we can have a bit of time together before we meet up with the gang. Thinking about what I was going to squeeze into my case made me also think about what bag I would take with me. I have used my London bag all summer but now it is packed away until next year. Time to make a new bag I think...
London Bag
Back in the summer I read this post from Karen, my fellow hipBee, and it caught my eye. About a month later I saw the magazine, that featured Karen's bag, in the bookshop in town and so I bought it. These last few days I have been stitching away  making my own version of the 'Anya' bag.
My version of the Anya bag
The pattern was really clear and easy to follow. I did go wrong once or twice, but it was because I deviated from what Karen said to do! I am really pleased with this bag and love the fabric I chose to make it in. The main part of the bag was made from 1/2m of an Anna Maria Horner's Field Study - 'Sinister swarm in vivacious' bought from The Village Haberdashery.
Winter Anya bag
I used some fabric I bought on sale a little while ago for the lining. I put in a zipper pocket as well as an open pocket, as I like pockets!

I am really pleased with how this bag has turned out and will use it this winter. Thanks Karen for such a good pattern and instructions.
Di x


  1. Love the new bag. One day I am going to get brave enough to tackle bag making properly!

  2. What an ace bag! That "Sinister swarm in vivacious" is every bit as dramatic as it sounds. Enjoy your little break!

  3. well done xx have a fun time xx

  4. I love your bag and love the fabric too, very vibrant. Have fun in Southport-great shopping there!

  5. Loving the bag. Sinister Swarm has make into a bag written all over it. I did buy some with that very intention but have started carving into it to do the weekender bag.

  6. This is a beautiful bag..... I am definately going to give it a go myself x

  7. Di, I love your fabric choices! Your bag looks great! Have a lovely break.

  8. gorgeous bag! well done and love the fabric choice!