International Messenger Bag of Mystery

Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration.  I guess there’s not really too much mystery to it. But this new  bag is exciting because it’s my first international, off the North American continent order! Free Rose is going abroad!

And…to make it even more exciting, it’s a new style.  I would like, if I may, to show you the lovely messenger strap option.

The bag shown was created especially for Jess, a lovely gal “across the pond,” as they say.  She just had her second baby and needed all the space she could get in a diaper bag. Since she is out and about with 2 under 2, a messenger style strap was a must! Like the Daycare Diaper Bag, it features two outside drink pockets and a large exterior pocket in the front.  I added some button detail in both the aqua and contrasting orange color.

The sturdy 100% cotton strap is 2″ wide, and is hand dyed to match the color scheme of the bag.  Brown cotton bias along the edges finishes it off and ties it in with the coordinating trim on the rest of the diaper bag.

Lovely coordinating hardware polishes it all off. The extra long strap adjusts for Mom or Dad.

A zippered section across the top keeps everything out of reach of tiny hands…

…but separates when needed to allow full access to the interior.  This is helpful when getting everything packed and unpacked.  The coordinating Aqua and Brown cotton interior is crisp and clean, and each Aqua pocket is trimmed in narrow brown bias trim. A snapping clip keeps a toy, paci, or keys handy.

Interested in ordering a messenger style oversized  bag? It’s not just good for baby supplies, with customizable pockets this would also make the ideal travel bag, beach bag, or school bag.  Email me at Susie@FreeRoseStudio.com, or visit my Etsy store. All bags are one of a kind, custom made to order; you choose the main fabric from my current availability and I will create something wonderful just for you.

I can’t wait to see pics of Jess and her darling angels out and about with her new satchel!  As always, thank you for checking in at the Free Rose Studio! Any ideas of something you’d like to see here? Please comment or email them to me!

What’s up in the Studio…

I have been very lucky to be very busy working on lots of different projects for my wonderful clients over the last month.  So busy, I’ve fallen behind on sharing some of the great projects that get sent my way!

Today I would like to share with you a bedding set I sewed with love for a gorgeous little girl named Marley.  Her mommy contacted me about making a toddler quilt and pillow around some unique japanese fabric she had ordered.  I jumped at the chance once I saw how adorable the print was; and knowing Marley’s mommy isn’t scared of bright colors I knew it’d turn into something really exciting!

I chose a bright pink cotton and ocean blue cotton to compliment the animal printed fabric. Pink and blue stripes were quilted together to make a coordinating pillow sham.

Each block of color was separated with cotton bias trim in a rich mocha brown. The edges of both the quilt and sham were finished with the same mocha brown cotton, but featured a crisp white edge of rick rack under it as a decorative border, as shown in the photo below.

I used a natural bamboo and cotton blend for the inner batting, which is excellent for both warmer and cooler seasons.  Cotton batting also provides a nice weight to quilts, in my opinion; they lay nicely on the bed, fold neatly, and have a heirloom quality to them.  The back was finished in a complimentary 100% cotton pattern, making this blanket reversible. I kept it all together by machine quilting it in a diamond pattern using white thread (on my trusty Juki industrial machine…the BEST for long straight lines!).

This project was a fun break from the bags and diapers I’ve been working on, thank you for allowing me to share it here with you!  This type of work is available to everyone on a custom basis, as always I can be contacted at Susie@FreeRoseStudio.com with any questions regarding this project or any others. Thank you for following my adventures in sewing and design!