Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Craft Bag

Rather odd idea in my brain this past month -
a round bag that also looks like a lampshade:

A very squat, stand-up-all-by-itself sort of bag

with an equally stand-up-on-its-own strap

(so it can be toted all over town

or detached so it can sit on the floor and moonlight
as a lampshade regular old fabric bucket)

and a look-what-else-I-can-do personality.

I have no clue why I made it. See, it appeared it my
mind, filled with balls of yarn and knitting needles.


When I don't knit!

Still, I obeyed my brain and made it. And for want of a
better name, I called it The Craft Bag because
I think that's the job it wants. I love the colors -
makes it look quite at home on the deck of a boat.
And I love its roundness (of course).

But when it was all finished, I looked at it and it
puzzled me. So I let it sit around the house for a few
days and I still don't know what to do with it.

It's one of the rare things I've made that I feel no urge
to mass-produce. Odd. I think I made it just to stop
being haunted by the idea. And now, what to do with it?


  1. Send it to me! My knitting will fit
    Chris x

  2. I know just what you can do with it.... give it to ME!!! :-) It is lovely!!! Whatever you decide to do with it, it is adorable!

  3. That is so cute, I love the shape. I have seen other fabric buckets but their shape is so boring. The colors you use are also great, I would love to have one of those in my house.

  4. I LOVE IT! The first thing that popped in my head when I saw the first pic was it filled with yarn and needles and I DO knit! I think what you should do with it is mail it to me :D *insert super smiley grin* Are you going to create a pattern for it??? Or sell them???

  5. It's great fun! And would be perfect for a knitter. But you could also put a hand sewing project in it to take to work on at the park while the girls play.

  6. Beautiful - it does look like the perfect craft bag! I wouldn't have the slightest clue how to start sewing something like this. Great fabric choices, and I love the removeable strap.

  7. The brilliance of others astounds me! I love this.

  8. so cute! how funny to craft a craft to hold your crafts!

  9. Oh, it is really cute! Maybe you could use as a kind of activity-bag for the kids - put stuff for the kids inside when you go places (like restaurants, church, doctor ...) ...? I think it is nice that is stands up and this way the kids don't have to dump the whole content out of the bag to search for something ... :-)

  10. As a mom of kids, one who is medically fragile, I looked at it and saw it as a traveling toy bin. Even a special doll bag. I do love it and hope you share the directions.

    On another note, maybe I'm getting old, but I find it hard to read your tiny black print. The font is just not tiny friendly.

  11. Oh, fanTAStic! I'm sure you're just dying to make a tutorial for us, aren't you?

    I would suggest sending it to me, but I see several others in line ahead of me. It would make a lovely lunch bucket a-la Laura Ingalls.

  12. LOVE the strap idea, and I agree with the others - tutorial, pattern, something? I would have no idea where to start! I am usually not a bag girl, but this may put me over the edge!!!
    Love the fabric choice, too.

  13. What I am amazed by is that you actually squeezed the time from somewhere to make a thing that you didn't need/want nor was forced to make by someone. Now THAT I am envious about ;)

    I think you know I have always had a thing for unusually-shaped bags/receptacles...this one sang to me. But I don't need another bag to add to my overstuffed bag shelf. But I agree with the above poster that it would make an ideal toy bag (clean up the mess that's all over the back seat at the same time!)

  14. I like the bag but I'm a bag woman. I love all shapes, sizes and colors. I would probably carry it as a bag or use it to hold my crochet materials, sewing bag, bag to the beach with sunscreen and sunglasses. The bucket piece would be perfect to hold all my paraphernalia in the bathroom and it would be washable.

  15. The bag that won't fall over! I wonder when they'll start making diaper bags like this?

  16. I thought lunch bag for the kids or even for myself when I saw it. So cute.

  17. I would love to have a tutorial . . . Our first grandchild is expected at any time and I see this as an awesome toy tote that would not tip over in the car. Your work is beautiful and your mind is so very creative!

  18. This is a beautiful bag to take your lunch to work, if you would be so kind to send me a cut, I would be grateful, I'm from the Croatian, greeting and good luck :)


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