In my last post I extolled the virtues of the humble cup of tea. Well this post is a slight extension of that one because tea has once again become the focus of this weeks’ creative endeavours!

This time, it’s in the form of an appliquéd and embroidered teacup and saucer motif on the front of a simple tote. Here it is displayed on a handy tree stump in the garden!

I found the pattern for the tote on the blog Skip to my Lou. The instructions are really clear and simple, with photographs for each stage. I’m so pleased with how it turned out! It’s got a kind of flat bottom as you can see a bit better in this photo.

The whole appliqué patch is on a separate piece of fabric. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it until I’d finished and the piece I’d done it on was too small to turn into a bag.

The interior is grey lining fabric, which was a little tricky to sew as it’s so slippy. It was an off-cut bought from a haberdashery shop I’ve just discovered right next to work – I have a feeling I’ll be in there quite often from now on!

The main dotty fabric was left over from my shabby chic chairs.

I couldn’t stop at making just one bag, so I made another one with some fabric I bought in Malaysia. This time I attached the straps slightly differently as I wanted to put bias binding around the top. I made some out of the pink lining fabric, but I realise now I missed the point of ‘bias’ tape because I didn’t cut it on the bias! Oops!

Here’s a view from the top to show off the lovely vibrant interior.

Although the ‘not-so-bias’ binding looks quite neat from the outside, it could do with looking a little better on the inside, but not bad for a first attempt.

I’ve really got the bug for making these now so I may just have to pop into the haberdashery shop again tomorrow to pick out some new fabrics!

I’m in a phase of enjoying embroidery at the moment. I’ve done a bit more work on this crazy patchwork piece which I blogged about here.

I love these little flowers, they look so pretty and give the fabric a bit of texture and interest.

I like experimenting with different embroidery stitches. With so many edges, this piece has been great for trying out new techniques.

These embroidered sheep are just a bunch of french knots with satin stitched heads. They’re so fun, I’m looking forward to doing a few more 🙂

I’m going to get back to it now, see you next Sunday!

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Well done Clare, i recognise some of those fabrics. To do the top of the bags you dont need to cut on the bias, i will show you how i do mine when next your down. Love the applique cup of tea and the update on the crazy patchwork. Let me know when you need some more fabric xxx love Liz x

I love both of your bags, they’re gorgeous. Liz makes a great point about the binding, for a straight edge it really doesn’t need to be on the bias. Your hand embroidery is fantastic, I can’t wait to see what you make next!

Ah, thank you Josie, I’ll have to remember that in future. I’ve just taken a look at your blog and love it! Off to have more of a read now and followed so I don’t miss future posts. Your caravan pencil case is beautiful!

Love it all. The little sheep are so cute, I may have to have a go at one of these myself. Ally made a nice bag recently and I’ve asked her for the pattern so I can try one out. Why don’t you pop in to Trago at the weekend when you are home. They have some lovely fabric ideal for bags and not too expensive either 🙂

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