In Stitches September: Feeding the Addiction

September 7th

September In Stitches Assignment

Dear Finny,
The first step of getting over an addiction is to recognize you have a problem, right? {Or, if you are Lindsay Lohan, to hire a great publicity/law team and take a rehab vacay until everything blows over. Pun intended.}
Point being, I have a bag problem. I love them. I am like the Imelda Marcos of handbags — I want a pretty, sweet, different one for each day of the week. Except, you know. I don’t really own that many and I am regularly making and giving away handbags, rather than adding them to my already quite blessed closet.
That said? I want a new fall bag — a lovely bag perhaps made out of that pink and chocolate fabric stash I’ve been hoarding. Something I can wear when I drive up to Flagstaff to get my Halloween pumpkins. You know, because I can’t grow a thing and your garden is an unfortunate 1000 miles away from my doorstep — you amazing fronteirswoman!
While I’m drooling over this beauty at Banana, I like homemade even more. The September assignment for the In Stitches sew-along is officially the patchwork handbag. Here is the twist: not only is this the September assignment, but also the October assignment too.

Let's take two months, shall we

And the theme? Create your own adventure, like those books you loved as a kid. Do you go this direction or that one? Do you want to take your time with one bag over two months? Or, create multiple bags during this time? Either way, throw your photos into the pool, let us know where you blog and you could win a fabulous prize. I’m thinking a pretty wristlet full of goodies every woman should have in her purse du jour.
What do you think Fin? I mean, I hear you might like handbags too?
Ha!
Love,
Donk

P.S. Did you see one of our favorite domestic divas is finally blogging! Welcome Junie!

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23 Responses

  1. Ooh, I used to love Choose Your Own Adventure books. What else do I love? The fact that we have two months for this particular challenge. That, and the Banana Rep. bag [insert Homer S. drool sounds here].

  2. Oh hurray! I’ve been waiting for this to be the bag of the month. I think I have an idea of what I’m going to do too…. perhaps this will be a Christmas gift for someone..

  3. i think my addiction may finally get me into this pool! whew. my husband will be relieved to hear that i will be making another bag. NOT!

  4. I love that handbag too. Unfortunately, too much on the plate at the moment. πŸ™

  5. woo hoo! i can finally participate! this is the only thing in the book that i’ve actually made! so even though i will be giving birth in the next 2 weeks, i’m going to pretend to be studiously sewing and piecing together (and it’s seriously a good thing you’re giving them 2 months… it took me for freaking ever).

  6. That is the cutest bag. Good call giving us 2 months!
    Don’t you love what pinklemonadeboutique has been creating? I am seriously coveting one of her latest totes. Oh, and I’m so glad you linked to June, I’ve been hoping she’d start a blog.

    My name is Karen and I am a bag-a-holic.

  7. Luckily, I’m the opposite. I don’t get handbags, but I love making them, lol. I keep wanting so badly to get in on this challenge and I never do it. I’ll say it again, I’ll try. πŸ™‚

  8. I love handbags… πŸ™‚

  9. Kelli, I just returned from my shopping expedition to find stuff to make my patchwork bag and here is your great post about it! I’m going to try working with some fabrics the XXX way (shhh, it’s a secret!).

    Thank you so much for your warm welcome to the blogging world! I’m having a blast and hope those who visit me have fun, too.

  10. That bag from the Banana has nothing over the cutie print on that handmade bag.. πŸ˜‰

  11. what a gorgeous bag! And I’m drooling to see it in chocolate and pink!

  12. I love the bag in the picture–did you make that???? I am in love with it!!!!!!!!!!

    Glad you’re back from your trip safely. I have been out of the loop for a week or so…have missed checking in on you =]

    XOXOXO

  13. Awesome! I’ve been slacking on my Ms. Butler sewing and this bag is just the thing to kick me back into gear.

  14. Cute bag! It’s nice to see you are feeding your addiction. πŸ™‚ We all have them, don’t we?

  15. Thanks for the book info – amazon is shipping it my way. I’m not sure when I will have time, but I want that bag and making it will be half the fun!
    Thanks

  16. Yay! This is a great pattern. A word of advice for the first one (because there will be more after you make this), go slowly and read the directions carefully. If anyone needs some pointers I’ll be glad to help!

  17. oh handbags… my great love too. i only brought half of mine to nyc and there were still… um. right. i was going to tell you how many but i thought better of it πŸ™‚ on the plus side most of them are handmade! xo

  18. Thanks for giving us two months. With all the Christmas gifts and Halloween costumes, I’ll be lucky to make it by then. But I NEED a new bag (wink wink) and this one is fab.

    Good luck!

  19. Perhaps I will finally participate this time. πŸ˜‰ This was one of my favorite projects in the book!

  20. And for those of us not in the know….just what book is that? The bag is drool-worthy.

  21. Cody Bortoli November 10, 2007

    Thank you!

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