Wednesday, September 17, 2008

finished object #4 - plarn bag revived

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I spotted this belt at an op shop earlier this year, and fell in love with it immediately. I knew I wanted to use it on a bag at some stage, either as a trim around the top, or as a strap. But no matter how many different bags I tried it on... it just didn't sit right!

But now I have found the perfect use for it. Remember my plarn bag? I was so annoyed when the loopy trim stretched. I had removed it, but been at a bit of a loss as to where to go next. Then I spotted the denim belt again... just the right length for the strap.

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So I added a simple navy cotton picot trim to the plarn, attached the belt and lined it with denim from an old pair of jeans.

I love it now more than ever before. It's my everyday bag, and is so much more 'ME' now than it was before. Yay!

17 comments:

Tracy said...

Beautiful as always. I'm so in awe of your creativity and artistry.

Aimee said...

Gorgeous! The original version was one of my favorite pieces ever, but I love the adaptation. :)

cats-rockin-crochet said...

Purple! Looks great, we must think so much alike at times, I am in the process of making a rag bag and I have chosen a belt for it's handle!!!!! I rescued it from my rubbish bin the other day, daughter #5 was throwing it away.

Jini said...

Wow... nice.
Loved how the handle goes so well with the bag.

I wonder though.. what do you do will all these bags that you make? Do you sell them?

mysknitteri said...

I love the idea of using a belt for a strap. Did you already have it lined with denim or did you do that after you decided to use the belt? (trying to probe the creative mind). The most exciting part about reading this post though is that you posted it tomorrow. (it is only Tuesday the 16th @ 2130 here in Florida, US) I felt like I was time traveling

Carolyn said...

love the belt and bag- the belt is a good looking one!

laughing purple goldfish said...

tracy - thank you... I am in awe of the fact that you have six young children, and still have time to craft and blog :) very impressive!

aimee - thanks... I loved the original too, but I really really really love the adaptation

cat - you need to train those girls better! NOTHING gets thrown away... without your say so!!!

jini - many of my bags have become gifts, and I am accumulating rather a lot for personal use too! But I do so love making them, so I will definitely look at selling

mysknitteri - I can get my head around the time differences... it's the seasonal ones that get me - makes you really aware of the vast physical distances between us all

in this instance, I selected the lining after choosing the handle... but sometimes I choose the lining first, and then base my yarn choices around that... I'm a bit "whatever works" about the whole process!

carolyn - thanks... ah.... if only my waist was still fit to be belted!

Samanta said...

Just perfect!!! And beautiful...Well done, honey!!!!

laughing purple goldfish said...

samanta - thanks for stopping by :)

Karen said...

What a treasure of a find, that belt - and it is perfect on the bag. I like how it all comes together - the blue lining, picot edge, plarn and belt: satisfying. And I too am intrigued by the time difference being even 'earlier' out here on the west coast of Canada. And I also wondered what you did with your bags.
A 'full' post! PS I am looking out at a one-day-past-full moon in the west here (sky in east is tinging red, sun soonest appearing) and wherever we are we are looking at the same sun and moon which is some sort of global communityfying.

laughing purple goldfish said...

karen - thanks :) maybe it is a small world after all...

Stramenda said...

That belt is an *amazing* find, and suits the bag so well ! I just loved seeing this one up close !

laughing purple goldfish said...

stramenda - things always look a little bit different when you see them in real life, don't they? I'm so pleased to have my EVERYDAY bag back in action again... I didn't realise how much I missed it!

riaknits said...

I really like the plarn bag. I'm probably going to have to make a few of my own, since I have bags filled with bags lying around my apartment. It'll save them from ending up in a landfill, and heck, reusable bags are always good things to have around!

laughing purple goldfish said...

riaknits - nothing ventured, nothing gained! you might as well give it a go... you've nothing to lose :)

Anonymous said...

hi, could you tell me what kind of material do you use?
sorry, but i'm not the best in english, but i want to make a bag like this. :o)

if it is possible, please send me a specikation about this type of bags?:o)

my email address: suteeke@gmail.com

thx a lot

laughing purple goldfish said...

I have emailed you, but I will also answer here for others to see...

the bag has been crocheted

instead of yarn, I have used plastic bags (supermarket bags, bread bags, etc) which were cut into strips and then spun