At the Australian Quilt market I had two new patterns so showcase. Today I would like to tell you a about the 'Balancing Elephants' bag pattern which includes three variations on a messenger style bag.
For this bag I wanted something that was the perfect size for Chloe to tote her drink and a small lunch box in for nursery and it took a little bit of playing around to get the perfect size but all the trials (and there were quite a few) were totally worth it!
Inspired by the lyrics to the popular children’s song ‘Elephants Balancing’ this child’s stylish messenger bag is suitable for both girls and boys.
The pattern includes three possible looks, making it a handy and versatile pattern. If you are looking for a quick project to sew for a child’s gift, this bag is for you!
The bag measures 10 1/2" (26.5cm) wide x 8" (20cm) tall, plus handles and will even fit an IPAD. If you wanted to use this for an adult you could easily lengthen the strap to suit.
Cover photos are something I really struggle with and many times I finish a 'photo shoot' and review the photos only to find not one suitable photo for a cover. This photo shoot actually turned out OK (I was surprised!) I actually had photos to choose from - quite a novelty for me!
I wanted to have a photo of Chloe wearing 'Balancing Elephants' to show the scale of the bag and also a photo or two showing each individual style. After the photos were taken I put them together for the final cover image and emailed family and friends to find out their favourite and we decided on the photo below.
This bag is really such a fun sew and with Christmas right around the corner you could make them as gifts for family and friends.
Bag Option 1 - Pieces of hope by RBD (2012 collection) for Riley Blake Designs.
Denim from FD Textiles.
Bag Option 2 - Bohemian Festival by Lila Tuller (2012 collection) for Riley Blake Designs.
Bag Option 3 - Delighted by the Quilted Fish (2011 collection) for Riley Blake Designs.
Now who would like to win a copy of the 'Balancing Elephants' messenger bag pattern?! Leave a comment on this post to be in the draw to win your very own copy of 'Balancing Elephants'. The giveaway is open to everyone and the winner will be drawn in a weeks time. Just be sure to leave your email so I have a way of contacting you!
If you would like to purchase a Clares Place pattern contact your local quilt store and ask them to get one (or more) in for you. If you are interested in stocking Clares Place patterns in your store please contact my distributor Creative Abundance