Posts filed under ‘bags’

A spot of bag-making

It’s been a while since I made one of these! One of my good friends is about to have her first baby and to ensure she was fully equipped in the bag department I made one of my not-so-nappy bags. This time around I chose a charcoal-coloured denim for the outer and a taupe-and-white spotty cotton for the lining.

Sam's nappy bag

One happy lady with her bag!

Sam's nappy bag


September 29, 2015 at 9:29 am Leave a comment

Even more bags

Here are some more reversible tote bags I’ve been making in between designing more stamp cushions… Which is your favourite? I will post some new cushion pics very soon… promise!

Tote bags

April 14, 2015 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment


While I’ve been mulling over a new series of postage stamp cushion designs, I’ve been somewhat distracted by making more tote bags. This one is also reversible, with guitar fabric pockets on the chocolate brown quilting cotton I used for the other side.

Guitar tote bag

April 7, 2015 at 9:57 am Leave a comment

It’s in the bag

Last week I experimented with a new design and made another handbag – here’s the result. It’s reversible, with an organic Japanese canvas on the outside and plain blue linen on the inside, with lots of secret inside pockets. I think I may have to make a few more of these… Bags could be making a comeback!

Grey stars handbag

February 4, 2015 at 10:01 am Leave a comment


Surprise! It’s not all about cushions over here after all! This week I had a bag emergency – my old one was well beyond the end of its useful life – and I had to drop everything and make a new one to tide me over until Christmas holiday time, when hopefully I’ll find a moment to make something a bit fancier.

It’s amazing what you can cobble together with scraps! Duck egg blue canvas, bright red quilting cotton and inside there’s some stripey red-and-white cotton pockets too.

Blue tote bag with red pocket

October 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

The vicarious traveller

Before I was ever the Cushion Lady, I was the Bag Lady (that sounds awful, doesn’t it?!), but it seems like ages since I made a bag. This one, for my well-travelled friend Yolanda, was made from a canvas print of vintage summer holiday posters. It’s lined with bright emerald green cotton, which looks great next to all the other bright colours in this print.

Yolanda's tote bag

May 4, 2014 at 8:12 am Leave a comment

Getting into the groove

I took a break from making cushions (for just a day) to make a bag for my friend and rather wonderful artist Carmela who’s due to have her first baby in about a month. She’s into clean 60s-style Scandinavian design and music, so that’s why I picked this ‘Groovy Guitars’ fabric by Alexander Henry. It’s lined in matching chocolate brown quilting cotton and is from my old favourite Amy Butler’s nappy bag pattern.

Carmela's bag

April 28, 2013 at 8:28 am Leave a comment

A little bit fancy

I needed to create something a bit fancy but very practical for a friend’s 40th birthday, so I dug out my copy of Amy Butler’s Frenchy Bags pattern and fossicked around my fabric shelves… I found some black stretch drill with a lovely sheen, some scraps of Michael Miller‘s Mirror Ball Dot fabric and some bright red shantung for the lining. Happy birthday Penny!

Penny's bag

January 17, 2013 at 7:35 am Leave a comment

Tie the knot

After completing this bag recently, I had just enough fabric left over for another project. So I whipped up this new design as a thank you for a lovely repeat customer. It’s reversible and you can adjust the length of the tie handles to suit your preferred length. I wonder if I should make more of these?

Tree bag

September 6, 2012 at 11:00 am 4 comments

Hanging out at home

Today was the annual Brisbane Exhibition (or Ekka as it’s known locally) public holiday. Mr A and I have a tradition of driving to the country when this day rolls around because it’s not often we get the chance to do that on a weekday when all the country shops are open. But it’s been a big week, so we decided instead to hang out at home. While the woodcut printing production line was happening downstairs, I tackled the Joel Dewberry ‘Majestic Oak’ fabric and made my friend Annabel a nappy bag. It’s hard to believe, but it’s been more than a year since I made a bag!

Annabel's bag

August 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm 5 comments

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