Second Quarter Challenge

Second Quarter Challenge

I know it’s taken me a while, but I finally got around to doing Ann’s 2nd Quarter Challenge! One thing I like more than colourful felt, is lots of colourful felt! So, when I have a nice collection of offcuts, I like to put them together in a collage and make something out of it. I’d been wanting an ‘alternative’ bag to my little drawstring bag for a while now, and I’ve got a canvas satchel which I really like, but I wanted something a little bit smaller, so I thought I’d go with a smaller version of that. I worked out the dimensions for the length and width I’d need it, marked out where the front, back and flap would be, then pieced all my strips together:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe middle section with all the nuno pieces would be the back, I positioned them there because I know from experience that felt, especially Merino felt, can bobble/pill easily when it rubs a lot, like bags do around the hip area. When I trimmed the edges and folded it into shape, I realised the front flap was a bit too long to add satchel straps, so I went with a magnetic closure. This is what it looked like from the front when it was finished:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is how it looks when it’s open:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the back (with the front flap open):

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor the side panels, I tried quite a few felt pieces, One which looked really good was a piece I’d made from woven pencil roving, but I knew it’d be too thick once the hook straps were added, so, and I don’t know why this is still hard to do after all these years, but many will understand, I cut up a piece of nuno felt I made a while ago. I’m not sure I ever showed it because it’s blue and I have a hard time taking photos of blue, but here’s one end of it:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI cut strips for the sides, and thinner strips to make the straps to hold the bag hooks in place:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI got the findings from another bag I bought from a charity shop just for them. I recently bought 10 metres of rainbow webbing with a bag in mind and it went perfectly with this bag, I even got the findings attached the right way around the first time!:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd on the rainbow theme, if there are any Mancs out there, Happy Pride weekend! πŸ™‚

18 thoughts on “Second Quarter Challenge

  1. Great little bag, a fab use of off cuts Zed. I couldn’t use a bag that small. My wallet wouldn’t fit in it. Pride was a couple of weeks ago here. It’s on a different week in every city. You could go to a different one every weekend all summer.

    1. Thanks, Ann πŸ™‚
      It’s about 8.5 inches high, 8.5″ wide and an inch deep (22 x 20.5 x 2.5cm). It’ll fit a fair bit in it, but the idea was to have a bag for just essentials. Pride is on a different weekend in each city here, too. A lot of the smaller places just have one day, but we need a 4-day event up here! (and a week or two either side of fringe events)

  2. It’s fabulous Zed! Love it! In fact I would never tire of looking at it because it’s so complex and you see something different each time you look (and the rainbow webbing is briliant).

    1. Thanks, Lyn πŸ™‚
      I love the rainbow webbing, my thinking was it’ll pretty much go with everything, so get loads, then after making the bag – with removable strap, it occured to me I probably didn’t need quite that much!

    1. Thanks, Leonor πŸ™‚
      Funnily enough, I re-sorted my offcuts when I tidied up and had quite a few blacks and dark greys, I might have to think of something for those.

  3. Great colorful bag Zed! I agree with Lyn about seeing something new each time you look. I’m sure you’ll get lots of compliments when you take it out.

  4. Fab bag Zed, it has “bags” of personality (sorry, I couldn’t resist! πŸ™‚ ), hope you are getting lots of use out of it at the pride events? Have a wonderful time πŸ™‚

    1. Ha ha, thanks, Teri πŸ™‚
      I wasn’t really well enough to going to Pride, but the photos were great πŸ™‚

    1. Aaw, thanks, Ruth πŸ™‚
      I feel guilty for taking so many compliments really when much of it is nuno!

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