Spring Has Sprung

Don’t be fooled by the winter coat. Or the 7 inches of snow on the ground. Or the below freezing temps. Today it’s sunny and warm and here at the Dog Named Banjo household, and we’re crazy about the idea that spring might just be around the corner. While our dog awaits her favorite season (spring = mud season), here is the “Spring Has Sprung” bag to tide you over . A reminder here in the dead of winter that the daffodils and crocuses are on their way.

I’ve been really wanting a bag that has straight wooden handles, and finally I decided to make one. It’s actually pretty hard to find straight wooden handles that aren’t bamboo, which I really don’t love at all. But several months ago, on the way home from the Brimfield Antique Show, I found these delightful handles at the Wright’s factory outlet. I remember how hot it was and how disheveled I was by the time I was passing by, after a long day of wandering around the enormous and tiring fair. I was about to drive right past the store, thinking I really probably needed a shower more than crafts supplies, but who was I kidding. It turns out I just can’t resist a factory outlet store – really any factory store, never mind a factory store that has stuff for sewers and knitters. So I walked in and started browsing. I am a complete weakling when I see an orange discount price tag and quickly started filling my basket up with spools of 30 cent ribbon, 10 cent packages of stitch markers, cheap knitting needles of sizes I wanted but always felt too cheap to buy. I’m telling you, people, this store was awesome. I think I walked out of there with more notions that one realistically needs. I still have the 8 packets of 10 cent bias tape to prove it (but only for 80 cents!). The best part, though, was these handles, which have now made their way into this delightful bag.

It’s made with some Amy Butler Lotus fabric (top), as well as with some beautiful FreeSpirit Mendhi fabric (bottom) that I found at the quilting store the other day. The inside is a cheerful green solid fabric with lots of roomy pockets for storage. Like it? It may just be my entry into the contest.

Posted by robyn on February 24th, 2008 under crafts, sewing

10 Responses to “Spring Has Sprung”

  1. Warwick Says:

    I totally think you should enter this into the contest. Perhaps my love of all things pink it biasing me, but I think this bag is quite awesome.

  2. melinda Says:

    Oooooh. That is bee-utiful.

  3. Kristine Says:

    I already saw your bag on flickr, but I have to say again it’s gorgeous! It goes really nicely with that red coat of yours…

  4. Dori Says:

    This bag is super ultra awesome. I LOVE it.

  5. Joel Says:

    I give this bag three snaps in a circle. If I saw a woman carrying it, I would think to myself ‘I must marry that lovely lady.’

    But the real questions is, does Banjo like it? Because I am deeply hesitant to disagree with that dog on anything. She is already terrified of me.

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  7. Stephanie Says:

    Gorgeous bag!

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