Crazy birds beach bag

Crazy birds beach bag


I thought I’d have a little break from blogging back in May – and here we are 4 months later.  Hope you had a good summer!

We’ve had a lovely few months, and have just come back from a couple of gorgeous weeks in Corfu.  As well as beautiful weather and a very relaxing time we…. saw The Durrells being filmed!  Watched the  Philippe Starck designed Sailing Yacht A sail by!  And looked after a bellydancer’s dog for the afternoon!?!  It was memorable, to say the least.

In slightly less exciting news I made a new beach bag for our trip.  I fell in love with the crazy birds from Quilting Row by Row a while ago and added them as a panel onto the Market Bag by Anna Graham.

The birds are made from Moda Confett and Grunge/Grunge spot, with metallic Essex linen as the background.


I made the bag a couple of inches deeper than the pattern, and included pockets for sun cream and sunglasses.  And a zip pocket for the villa key, to keep it safe!  The bag is denim with a quilting cotton lining.


The bag was perfect for our beach trips.  It held everything – to the point where it got a bit heavy so we rolled up our towels and carried them separately.  I think it will get plenty of use when I go to quilt guild meetings too, to carry my show & tell quilts.

Noodlehead trail tote

Noodlehead trail tote


I’ve had a bit of a bag making fest recently!

I’ve been using the small version of Noodlehead’s trail tote , in brown waxed cotton, for walks with Hetty.  I made it a couple of years ago, and it’s a great size for a few essentials.  For longer walks it was getting rather stuffed, especially if we needed to take water along for her, so I made the  large bag in striped canvas.


I loved that one so much I made another in this gorgeous Cotton & Steel Wonderland canvas.


The only change I make is to add a big zipped pocket on the inside.  If find it really useful to be able to keep some things separate, without having to squish them into the little pocket on the front.


The lining is Wonderland quilting cotton in black and gold.

It’s such a lovely pattern, very easy and I like the hardware – even if getting the buckles threaded correctly always takes me ages!


Noodlehead Bucket Bag

Noodlehead Bucket Bag


My first completed make of the Finish-a-Long is the Noodlehead Bucket Bag.  The pattern is from Handmade Style by Anna Graham, and I’m absolutely delighted with it!  It’s a surprising roomy bag and will be perfect for holiday beach trips.


There are masses of great details, including zip pockets and eyelets (noisy – sorry for the hammering, neighbours), and the chance to use three different fabrics.

I went for some gorgeous Cloud 9 Meridian barkcloth, Birch Organic Bear Flight canvas (currently on sale) and some navy polka dots for the lining.


The instructions are very good.  I did have one oopsie* when I cut both pockets into the same side, but that was because I didn’t look at the diagrams properly.  It was easily put right by cutting the piece in half and swapping them around.dottie-doodle-noodlehead-bucket-bag

Hetty won’t be coming on holiday with us but it will be useful for day trips with her.  Plenty of room for treats and other puppy essentials.

*Oopsie is Small Niece’s word for a mistake or accident – I’ve adopted it.

My Finish-A-Long list for this quarter is here.