Monday, 14 May 2012

A little bit of Fandango

I've had a lovely quarter yard cut of Kate Spain's Fandango Seville in Celadon sitting around in my stash waiting for me to be inspired. I've pulled it out for many projects, but it just didn't seem quite right. I originally bought it online as it looked grey on the website but was quite surprised when it arrived to see it was green. Perhaps if I had known what "celadon" meant, I would have realised it was green.

Anyways! Enough backstory (ahh too much Phineas and Ferb!). All that has changed now! I have used almost all of it up and I'm thrilled with how it turned out!

Just a little bit of fussy-cut Fandango on the front...

And it's plain brown on the back - didn't take a photo of that. I'm sure you can image a plain brown back. 

Isn't the Fandango perfect for a little paper pieced bird? By the way, the pattern for this bird is a freebie that you can get over at Liljabs. It's the second one I've made - that's how much I love it.

My first one was a teal birdie (details here)
Love how it's the same pattern but can look so different in different fabrics.

Originally I had thought to use the brown Pop Sugar (the brown on the edges of the bag) for the bird's chest, but it just overwhelmed the Fandango too much. I'm much happier with the solid green.

For this bird block though, I decided instead of another mini, to make my Fandango birdie into a tote bag for one of my sisters' birthdays (approaching rather rapidly). Oh and in case you're reading this NelleNelle, it's not for you. I don't even remember if you're having a birthday, are you? ;)

I had the perfect amount of fabric left to line the inside of the bag completely in Fandango. Love, love love.

I'm even getting the hang of doing those inner zip pocket things! Not as difficult as it seems! I used this tutorial at Sew Mama Sew - also tells you how to insert those magnetic clasps. Handy!.

As for the rest of the bag, I just made it up as I went. Very basic and the size all came down to how much fabric I had left. I did make the straps long enough for this to be a shoulder bag - think that's a necessity in a bag.

Yes. I'm rather pleased with how this one turned out. Hope my sister loves it too. :)

Linking up with Sew Happy Geek for Manic Monday :)


  1. Love your bag, you really have been bitten by the paper piecing bug haven't you??

  2. Great bag Kristy! Aren't you the clever thing, making it up as you go along! The paper pieced bird is a real individual!

  3. Wow those birdies are so lovely. Your sister will love her bag I'm sure!

  4. "Moooom Phineas and Ferb are making a title sequence" Sory I couldn't resist! Love the little bird!!! LOL

  5. Aren't those birdies sweet! Thanks for posting the tutorial link - I have been searching for paper pieced songbirds!

  6. Lovely birds! It just seems so difficult to make.

  7. The bag looks great. The fabric choices work really well together. Love the bird! =D

  8. Lovely bag, and I love sll the ways you tried the bird! I Still haven't gotten going on trying out paper piecing, except for a foundation pieced string for the Zakka magnets. That bird looks super to try :D

  9. Great use of Fandango .Those birds are so life like.

  10. Beautiful bag!!!! The bird looks fantastic and I love how the carried the fabric you used on the bird onto the lining as well. The pocket and magnetic clasp look great too!

  11. What a creative use of that fabric- I love how you fussy cut it. Quite a talent too since sometimes just getting the shape cut right to paper piece flusters me and you did it with the print location as well. I am impressed. I do love the bird in the two colorways. I may even be inspired to try it with a red breast for a robin bird.

  12. Just gorgeous Kristy!

    Now, I wanted to share the love and have nominated you for a Leibster Blog Award. I had to google to find out what it was, lol.

    Keep up the gorgeous work, as it keeps me in eye candy!!

    Caz, The Accidental Quilter XX

  13. Ok so most of us followers are in love with your paper piecing but have no idea how to do I think a "Quiet Play - Absolute Beginners Finneas and Ferb Back Story Sequence Paper Piecing Tutorial" is necessary soon. Thanks for the link to the bird and bag - I am intrigued how to do that inner zip pocket. Your sister is going to be so impressed.


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