Sunday, March 8, 2015

Hyacinth Bag

I made this Hyacinth Bag from the Bag-of-the-Month Club, for a friend of mine. She doesn't have internet access, so I feel safe posting this now before I give it to her. She loves African material and other African things, so I decided to use some fabrics that I had with African prints, although the fabric I used is not really made in Africa. I did a Zentangle of an African woman on the flap and painted the background of the beige fabric and then did a collage of appliques that I already had but never used before. I quilted it all to headliner foam. I decided after making this bag that I do not like using the headliner foam as much as I like using Soft and Stable, which is denser and has a nicer feel to it.

I changed a few things on this bag too. I didn't add the cash and credit card slots under the flap, instead I made a larger zippered pocket and a large slip pocket. I made the adjustable strap about 10" longer so that it was more adjustable to more lengths. I added a zipper tab to each end of the zipper so that there is something to grab on to when zipping and unzipping the bag, and centered the zipper too. Of course I made the flap somewhat artsy fartsy, LOL!!! Even though the flap did not turn out quite as I had imagined it, I hope my friend will like it.

I doodled the African woman with a fabric pen, painted the background with textures underneath the fabric, added fabric appliques all around, quilted it all and added a few buttons.

The back of the bag has a zippered pocket.
Inside the zippered bag is a divided slip pocket.
Side of the bag.
With the flap lifted up you can see another zippered pocket and one large slip pocket.
The zippered and slip pocket under the flap.

I sewed a few buttons on the flap too, including this handmade button. There is a heart button and a flower button too on the flap.
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25 comments:

  1. Daryl, you are SO talented and take such effort to make your gifts special!!! Love your zentangle lady and everything about the design of the flap. Great job - she'll love it!!!

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  2. Wow, Daryl--that's more than just a bag--it's a work of art! The flap is just amazing (I love your idea of adding buttons to add layers!) The colors are just so ALIVE. What a pleasure it is to look at. Wonderful job--you're going to have all the bags of the month made pretty soon. :)

    Krista

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  3. Congratulations Daryl on this wonderful and original bag!

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  4. You did a great job! The flap is so artistic. I love your modification under the flap. I think it makes it more functional.

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  5. This is a wonderful bag Daryl, you're art work is fantastic !

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  6. I agree with others. It is a piece of art. She's going to love it. Nice work!

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  7. Your bags are always wonderful especially with the added features you incorporate. This time it is your Zentangled African Lady that is the stellar work of art! Well done Daryl Dear...

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  8. wow you did everything but grow the cotton for this bag. I love it and of course I have always been a huge fan of your zentangles. Your color choices are perfect, your additions and subtractions from the bag only enhance it. great job and what's not to love. you are a generous and kind friend she will LOVE it.
    Tara

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  9. This bag is gorgeous. I love the Zentangle Lady. A very special and wonderful gift for your friend.

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  10. I agree, I don't like the thick stabilizers either! I heard there's something else out there not so thick, but as stiff as the other stabilizers. I don't like how they make your seams so thick! Anyway, on to your gorgeous bag, I love your flap, it is beautiful. I love how original and special you made the bag for your friend. I really like making the bags of the month our own creations without all the fuss of designing the bag, we can just art n go! Thanx for the inspiration!
    Nini~

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  11. Hi Daryl, I love your bag ! The drawing of an African woman using zentangles is unique. The colors are beautiful, I'm sure your friend will like the bag very much. I like your idea of drawing and add color, nobody in the world will have a bag like that! I have a question, what kind of pencils you used to draw and what paint you use to color the background? Beautiful, beautiful, thanks for sharing with us all the details of your creation!
    Marisa from http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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  12. I love all the embellishing you did on this bag! I bet she'll just love it.

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  13. That's gorgeous, I'm sure your friend will love it. xx

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  14. Beautiful bag Daryl and your will will definitely love this bag:) TFS and I hope you had a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs,
    Norma

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    1. Thanks Norma. I don't know if you will return to read this, but I didn't even get your comment in my inbox. When I looked in my spam box there was something from you and when I opened it to read it, I noticed it was spam but using your Pink Bling Crafter name. What's going on??? I will let you know on your blog too in case you aren't aware of this.

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  15. What a gorgeous bag! Your African lady is beautiful. Your friend must be very special!

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    1. Thank you Ramona. I don't know why I didn't get your comment in my inbox or my spam. Something fishy is going on with Google.

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  16. Amazing! All that beautiful work - you must love your friend very much. Special.

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  17. This bag is absolutely beautiful! I love the African fabrics and the lovely lady.

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. You are a no-reply so I couldn't email you directly. I appreciate your comment.

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  18. Your bags are BEAUTIFUL, Daryl! I love the special details you put in with the thread painting and the little "handmade" button. What a special gift!

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  19. Your bag turned out gorgeous! I'm sure she'll just adore it.

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  20. Beautiful! I especially like the zentangle woman. She's a piece of art and is certainly the main focus, although she is surrounded by beautiful flowers.

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  21. Daryl, your bag is truly a treasure. I can honestly say that I covet that bag! My favorite part is part you referred to as "doodling". Doodling, my foot! It is a beautiful sketch of artwork. The woman is so beautiful!

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