April 2009

Stacy's Artichoke Anathama

Stacy writes a blog called 'Artichoke Anathema', and has written about her Onbag project.  She says it should be making me rich!

 Stacy writes :

"I have completed many projects. One of which was a diaper bag. The hospital sent us home with a simple black Similac bag that I used after I removed the labels. It really wasn't big enough for outings with the cloth diapers plus I was lugging around purse, diaper bag, and baby. There are tons of great free projects on the web, some of which are free for a reason and others that should be making someone rich. The Onbag should be making some rich. It is genius; diaper bag with extremely long straps to be worn around your body and accommodate your baby wearing! My purse fits in in to boot! ...

Wal-Mart $2 cotton with a bit of lycra. It is a cool charcoal color. I didn't want black but yet needed versatility in color. Grey. Who goes wrong with grey?

The straps are tied criss-cross, through the loops, across one another to go back through the loops, then finally knotted together. I think I need to make a little loop to go around the upper part of the straps to keep them closer in at my shoulder blades. I thought the 14" width would not be too wide, but alas, it is....

Opened up, here you can see the pockets and lining. I got a great deal on the salmon colored raw silk. Being one of my favorite colors and fabrics, I couldn't resist."

Jess' Jim Conversion

This is the beautiful Didymos Jim conversion for the lucky lucky Jess.

Jess used a Jim wrap-scrap for the front and back panels, and a black cotton drill for the strap. 

The wine-red of the lining taffeta brings out Jim's highlights, while the black works really well with his darker shades.

I'd love to see action shots of this bag - very beautiful.

New Special Editions from ByEthicals

These bags are made specially for Onbag out of reclaimed materials, which would otherwise have gone to landfill. Each bag is handmade and unique.

View the full range here!

Diana, of ByEthicals, says:
"I grew up, with the luxury of an extended family, in the east-end of London. My grandparents had lived through 2 world wars and the depression, which instilled an 'everything is useful' mentality in me. One of my 1st memories was Nana's 'save it for later cupboard'. Each family birthday, Easter, Christmas and rainy day holiday you could find fabric or yarn, paper or ribbon, card or trimming. Using craft skill, she taught me how to make useful gifts, cards and household items for little more than the time and love you put into it!
Getting older I began a career in graphics and developed my hate of waste in all its guises.
When it came to furnishing my own home, I used my craft skills to make all manner of items from what I had. By now I had a family and substantial scrap cupboard.
As time went on the media started to give the things I was doing a lifestyle label 'Green' 'Eco-friendly' 'Sustainable'. I just thought it was how it was done! I continued to keep making things, I loved patchwork and free style embroidery. I loved the way fabric changed when you cut it and used it. I loved old cottage interiors, appreciating the honesty of the craftsmanship.
Then life took an unexpected turn!
We found ourselves out of work, mortgaged, hubby had failing health and Christmas was coming. I thanked god for my scrap cupboard, in a while I had made bags for all my family and Christmas was saved! Before I knew it ByEthicals was born. I now love the way something old or unwanted changes, I love how I can use the smallest of scraps, I love using up not throwing away! All my fabrics are reclaimed and I use a low tech approach to making my bags. I use old craft skills (I would hate to think them lost forever).
Because I may only have a small piece of ribbon or fabric, no two bags are the same. I like that unexpected variety!"

Kim's DIY Bag - The Tester...

"I'm not an experienced sewer, so I was kind of scared that I couldn't do this. I've been ready to order on of Sara's Onbags a million times, but LE Didy's kept being released, so I never found the money.

And since no one wanted to buy my Aqua Hopp Florenz on the Dutch babywearing forum I thought I might as well use it for an Onbag.

But I made a trial version first. From darkblue Ikeacurtains I had stocked in the attick, and some shiney fuchsia lining. I found the pattern quite a puzzle, but it all worked out in the end.

I finished the whole thing just after midnight... I'm getting the hang of this sewing-thing. I want do do it againnnn! "

I think Kim did a great job - I can't wait to see the wrap-conversion!

Guin's Amazing Slip-Cover idea!

Guin had two lovely scraps of print fabric that she wanted to make good use of so she asked us to come up with a way of making slip covers for the flap of her custom bag.

As you can see - the results are pretty impressive.  The plain purple bag with purple taffeta lining is beautiful enough - but the slip-covers are both stunning.