Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Size Matters





Two years ago I decided to play around with making my own fabric using leftovers.  You can see the original post HERE.  I thought it looked like a mess.  Not sure what to do with it  I cut it up into squares.  They sat, for a long time.  Would it ever become something as unique and interesting as Victoria's 15-Minutes Play projects?  At first I thought I'd make stars -- the squares as the center.  Never did.


 Recently I pawed through my stash of stuff and decided on a bag.


I turned the squares into Hobo Kelly.   I'm dating myself but does anyone remember that kid's show?  I used to watch Romper Room, Captain Kangaroo, Hobo Kelly, Bozo and Wonderama. 



Anyway, I think this patchy bag has a hobo sort of flair to it.  This is the back of the bag.  I love the olive corduroy.  Best of all it was fun and a PIP (projects in progress) finish.  I never show a bag before it's a pattern and my intent wasn't to create a pattern, just a finish.  Now I'm thinkin'...



A few thoughts -- when marking your grommets please remember to have the correct size grommet template with the correct size grommet.  I have done grommets before, on bags and curtains.  My template was not with my grommet.  So I just grabbed one from the bin.
 


Oops!  Once you cut you can never go back.  Learn from me.  Always double check because size really does matter.  I have lots of smaller grommets but no more big ones.  A trip to Joanns and I had the big grommets to finish Hobo Kelly.

 
Grommet tutorial can be found HERE.


Miss Abby refused to model but was happy to sit on her ramp while I took photos.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

32 comments:

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Love your hobo bag and yes, it definitely needs to be a pattern. I watched some of those shows as a kid. Had a wild crush on Captain Kangaroo!

Annemariesquilt said...

So beautiful and clever Stephanie..
Abby is looking good !!

KaHolly said...

Another ingenious creation from the loft!! I love it!

Candace said...

We only had Captain Kangaroo when I was a kid and some local celebrities. I wondered who Hobo Kelly was ;>). What a darling bag and I love the tie handle! Yes, size matters and I always measure twice and cut once (well, almost always.)
Cheers!

Ulla said...

This is a cute little bag, and the corduroy is lovely. Lucky that you could buy those bigger grommets.

dutchcomfort said...

I really love the first picture of your wonky log cabin! ...and Abby too of course!

Lovely bag Stephanie, those big grommets are fun!

MB in MI said...

LOVE the bag! And Mr Greenjeans and bunny rabbit were favorites of mine on Capt. K. ;-)

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

Of course I think it's smashing! ;-))
Love it! FGlad you got some PLAY in today!

Cille said...

That's a great way to use up scraps, Stephanie. The corduroy looks soft and tactile and is perfect for the hobo look.

Char said...

I love it Stephanie! Since I'm a scrappy girl it's my kind of bag. Great job! I've never used grommets before, might have to check them out.

QuiltSwissy said...

Abby is obviously still miffed about you showing her in her bathtub!

QuiltSwissy said...

Abby is obviously still miffed about you showing her in her bathtub!

Jackie said...

Great bag and a great way to use your scraps! Funny, I watched all those shows too, but don't remember Hobo Kelly... I wonder if that was a regional show?

Sheila said...

Wow your bag is wonderful , what a fantastic use for your scrapyard squares !

Needled Mom said...

The bag is fabulous with the scraps!!

Lynn said...

I love the bag!!
I struggled with making my own fabric. I've decided that I can't do it with abandon. At first when I tried the 15 minute a day I wasn't happy until I realized that I need some sort of unity in my blocks, like a star or a pinwheel, and then work outward from that.

Jayne Honnold said...

You are so clever! This is an ingenious use of your fabric patches. Very pretty bag. I grew up with Captain Kangaroo. I liked Mister Greenjeans.

AnnieO said...

Wonderama was my fave show and people hardly mention that one! Love your bag, especially the combination of solids and that fun gingham lining and handle tie. Operator error can be frustrating but thankfully usually fixable. Abby on her ramp looks like a typically disinterested Paris runway model:)

Carrie P. said...

well, how cute is that bag. Abby is a very special dog to have her own ramp.
good tip about the grommets. never used them yet.
I do not remember Hobo Kelly or Wonderama but definitely the others.

Lee D said...

Love the fabric, love the bag and I loved watching Captain Kangaroo! Although Mr Dressup in Canada ruled as a kid!

Cathy said...

Your hobo bag is gorgeous Stephanie, what a great way to use up ufo blocks. Hello gorgeous Abby!

Kaaren said...

Beautiful Fall bag. Of course it should be a pattern!

I'm from the days of Howdy Doody. Guess that dates me, huh? *sigh*

Suzie said...

What a charming hobo bag, great idea! Playing with scraps challenges your creativity and you can have a lot of fun, too.

pratima said...

That olive green proves to be a perfect companion for scrappy squares.. together they make a very cute bag! Thank you for the helpful tips on grommets :)

Simone de Klerk said...

A lady with character. She'll probably like modeling again once she's a bit older (o:
Wow, you really did make something from the block. Beautiful and happy bag! Love the corduroy. Makes the bag nice and soft.
I've never used a gormet before, but I'll keep your advise in my mind.

grammajudyb said...

I love the fact that you used you fabric creation. Good thing you had a JoAnn's to run to. We just this week, have a JoAnn's in our town. We do have a local quilt shop though, and she always carries all kinds of things that may be needed.

September Violets said...

What a great patchy bag! I like the back with just the two squares. One day I'm going to try grommets on something - they're just so hip! Wendy

PatSloan said...

oh I have 'grommet fear'.. need to get some and just do it! Your Bag is AMAZING.. love it to pieces!!

Solstitches said...

Love, love love the bag! Oh go on, go on make it a pattern. It's fun and different to anything out there.
I never heard of those TV characters maybe I have been living under a rock.
Love that Miss Abby is at least keeping an eye on proceedings even if she doesn't fancy taking part.
Margaret

Farm Road Ramblings said...

Oh my gosh, I loved Hobo Kelly! And NO ONE (up to now) knows who I'm talking about. Good memories.

MissesStitches said...

Love the fabric you made.

VickiT said...

Stephanie ~ I really like the way the finished bag looks. I'll admit that I wasn't sure about the fabric square you created at the top of your post, but it looks awesome in the bag the way you've used it. Super cute bag. Ack. The grommet hiccup sounds like something I'd do. It looks like you got it all fixed though and the bag is really cute.