Sunday, September 30, 2012

Craft Book Challenge entry :)

Craft Buds is hosting a craft book challenge this month - we're to choose a project from any craft book - and make it!  Most crafters will understand why there might be a need to be challenged to actually get around to using our books instead of just perusing them *ahem* :D

Here's what I made for the challenge - this is an Origami Bag Set from Amy Butler's book "Style Stitches" :)  The book has instructions for 6 sizes, and I chose to do the 3 smallest -- a mini, a small, and a medium.  They're plenty big, so I'm glad those were the sizes I chose!  I pretty much made the bags according to her instructions, although as usual, I cut out the boxed corners instead of folding the corner to a point.  I'm very happy with how they turned out!  I think I'll tuck them in my gift box - you never know when a pretty little bag set might brighten someone's day :)

Amy Butler's Origami Bag set for the Craft Book Challenge :)

Large bag 13.5w x 6t x 2.5d

Medium bag 12w  x 4.5t x 2.5d

Small bag 10.5w x 4t x 2w

And now - if you'll excuse me, I'm off to check out the other projects posted - I've already been peeking and I see some adorable goodies!  BTW - the bench that I photographed the bags on, is a bench I made about 17 or 18 years ago for our front porch - it has sat out there winter and summer since then, and we still use it!

ETA:  Entered into the Purse Week 2012 challenge Oct. 4/12 :)


  1. LOVE the fabric combination, Sandra!!!

  2. Your origami bags are really pretty. That is one thing about all the sewing you do... you always have gifts ready. Someday soon, I should be so organized again.

  3. I didn't know you had that book! I have it too but haven't used it yet. Love those pouches!

  4. Isn't that the truth: using our craft books, what a concept ;-)
    Love your bags!

  5. Gorgeous. Love the fabrics and idea of making a set. Love the gauzy ribbon zipper pull--I'm really paying attention to those zipper pulls now;-}

  6. Very cute bags, and so true what you say about craft books;).

  7. I love those bags!!! I think most of Amy Butler's stuff tends to be on the large side. And I do like cutting out the corners first - makes for a neater corner, I think. LOVE your bench, you are a woman of unknown talents, wow!

  8. Those are very cute! I have that book, but I haven't made anything from it yet.
    Good luck in the contest!

  9. I love Amy Butler bags and I adore the colours you've used. Beautiful work as always.

  10. The fabrics are just lovely and those bags are the business!!! I too have a gift box filled with goodies to gift at a moments notice !) I never thought of actually filling it with my own handmade bits - great idea!


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