sewing on the go

I’ve been needing a bag to transport my sewing projects with me when I take Oscar out to my parents’ house to visit. While Grandma and Grandpa are busy playing with grandson number one I often have a chance to work on some projects. I wanted a bag with a flat bottom so I tried out the sewing a bag onto a basket trick. My thumb is a little sore from sewing it on the wrong way 3 or 4 times but now that I’ve got it figured out I think I might make another small basketbag from a cute little bright green basket I found at Pier 1.

This basket is from Pier 1 also. The fantastic fabric is one of my treasured japanese fabrics that Jen sent me. The cute lace trim came from Melissa.

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And what spurred the whole project on was this super cute hand drawn felt patch girl that I just ordered from Momomoogie. It’s entitled hmmmpf which is perfect for when I’m working on handsewing projects! I just love Stella‘s illustrations so much and these patches were too cute to pass up. I think I might need one of those ninjas now!

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Tania made these beautiful hand carved tulipwood buttons. I’ve been dying to use them since she sent them.

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grasshoppers playing pool shirting for the lining. I made a little pocket for the lining but it ended up being sewn in behind the basket – bad planning.

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Here’s everything resting safely on the flat bottom of the basket – my beloved pear pincushion, my seamripper, some thread and this little wicker box that I found at the economy shop sale. I sewed it to the bottom of the basket so it’d stay in place and I could transport little whatnots in there.

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20 thoughts on “sewing on the go

  1. kelly says:

    That looks beautiful – and how functional, too! Nice that the basket bottom will give your bag more structure and shape than if you’d only used fabric. Great idea!

  2. Leslie says:

    Hillary –
    I love hearing about how all the bits and bobs (from various friends) come together — you’re able to see “the big picture” and put these things together so nicely. So talented and creative.
    And a basket? Who woulda thunk? Great job on this one — it’s a keeper for sure!

  3. amy k. says:

    sooo good-thanks for all the info and good tip on peir 1 baskets-
    so you hand sewed it to the basket? Is it strong enough? I must hillary clone-I think I need to try this. Now that I think of it-how would you run it through a machine anyway??-hmmm very excitig! thanks!

  4. Jan says:

    When I make bags, I cover illustration board (cut to the bottom’s shape and size) with matching fabric and pop it in. Although I have seen basket bottomed bags, I’ve never seen a handmade one! Kudos to you for taking a (very successful) stab at it.
    And sewing the wicker box to the bottom? Great idea.

  5. Marg says:

    Love the “bagsket”! I’m with Leslie – must clone and must know how you attached the bag to the basket. This is just too swell! Thanks for all the great pics.

  6. robin says:

    i’ve been looking for a patch for a favorite pair of ripped jeans for a while now. thanks for the link; i just ordered the ‘bowl cut’.
    your blog is becoming a slight compulsion of mine lately! must. see. what. hillary. made. today! darned you for always outdoing yourself!

  7. Sandra says:

    Cool!! Yours is even cuter than the one in my Japanese chirimen craft book! A tote bag is a much better idea- the drawstring purse isn’t practical enough (see the post on my blog under “Japanese craft books”). I really love this- what a neat sewing bag!

  8. erin says:

    This is a lovely bag. thanks for the inspiration and the idea. I’ve always wanted a bag that was more sturdy than what I could make out of clothing fabric. This is it! I may even think of sewing something knitted to the basket instead of fabric. Oh what fun ideas you’ve given me. Thanks a whole bunch, and I love reading your blog!

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