Seriously, am I the only one whose mind goes straight to The Karate Kid (and I’m not talking the new one … come on, I’m talking Ralph Macchio people) when you hear the word Bonsai? I’m mildly disturbed by just how many memories I have of that movie. How I can’t hear “Cruel Summer” without picturing the love triangle with Elisabeth Shue on the soccer field. How I think of Mr. Miyagi trimming the Bonsai trees …
Oh geez … have I lost you all. I’m sorry … my head is a scary place ;).
Anyway, when Rae asked me (er, maybe it was all my pestering) to take a look at her new pattern, I couldn’t help but make up a new bag right quick.
I loved how Rae used corduroy on several of her samples (I’ve also fallen in love with using corduroy with her Buttercup bag pattern too) so I went with a navy blue fine whale which I paired with a patchwork of oranges and greens. I love the way it turned out!!
What do you think?
Want to make one of your own? Well guess what? Rae is giving a Bonsai bag pattern to ONE of YOU! How is that for a happy Monday?!?
I made this bag in a little under 4 hours. Not bad for a new pattern … I would guess that next time I could do it in under 3 hours. I did make a few minor changes to the pattern which I’m sharing here because I always think it’s helpful to see how two people can take the same pattern and still make it their own.
**Andrea’s Notes/Changes to the Bonsai Bag pattern. Which does not mean that Rae’s pattern is not correct … I’m just sharing a few things I did differently. K? K.**
- I made my straps 2 1/2″ wide rather than 3″ wide. I used D rings in place of the circles Rae used.
- Instead of sewing my tabs as detailed in the pattern, I simply lined them up with the raw edges and sewed them into the top seam of the purse, reinforcing them with several back stitches.
- When I sewed my lining, I left a 3″ opening in the bottom of the lining for turning later. I prefer to sew all the way around the top of the bag and use the lining for turning.
- I made a pocket that ran the entire width of the purse lining. I do this for two reasons. One, I’m lazy and this makes a quick pocket. Two, people seem to love the pockets ;). The more the merrier. I divided this one into 3 sections with an additional spot for a pen.
- Because my accent piece was primarily white, I choose to only top stitch along the top of the accent piece to finish my bag.
Don’t want to make one of your own? Well guess what? My version of the Bonsai bag is up for grabs too. Don’t wait too long … this is one of a kind and possibly the last bag I make in 2010 (whaaaaaaaa).
- Dimensions:: 15″w x 11″t / 14″ opening at top / 20″ handles with 11″ drop
- Magnetic Closure
- Lined with fleece interfacing
- Interior Slip Pockets (3+pen pocket)
- $38 + $8 S&H
**SOLD**To enter the pattern giveaway, leave me a comment telling me what color palette you’d make your Bonsai Bag. I’ll pick a winner on Sunday, October 24th.
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P.S. Don’t forget to check out my Handmade Holidays Promotion #1 going on right now!!