I was asked to make a babychange bag for a friend, Fran – I already have a babychange bag on DevonBear Designs but Fran wanted something different. So I turned to my (extensive) collection of vintage craft books, many of which featured in my own childhood and were passed down to me by my mum. Eventually I came across a design for a circus train wall hanging …..
….. and Fran just adores the Cath Kidston circus fabric – what serendipity!
If you’ve very kindly been reading this blog for a little while, you’ll know that I just love vintage fabrics and designs. I also hate waste – even the tiniest scrap of fabric is preserved and sooner or later is likely to find a home in one of my designs. So I rummaged around in my workroom and found some brightly coloured felt that I’ve saved since Rosie was doing crafts as a tiny child (she’s now 20!) I added some vintage feedsack scraps, some offcuts of ric rac braid and a multitude of mismatched buttons.
I was off !!! Here is the (nearly) finished front panel for the bag. You’ll see that I’ve simplified the train slightly and changed the smoke to bubbles – much simpler.
I don’t think they come out very well in these snaps, but I added some bugle beads to the roof of the hippo’s wagon. I sewed the buttons on really really well, and of course this isn’t a toy so it was OK to use them.
Now I have to finish the panel and make up the bag – but I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I’ll post some pictures when it’s finished – complete with Cath Kidston circus lining – and will also post the pattern and instructions in case you’d like to try it too.
That is superb. I'm always so impressed by your work and this is a fine example – working from a design and improving upon it. The recipient will be thrilled I'm sure.
fantastic – what a super idea!!!
Wow, this is so cute! I love the buttons especially!!!!