The one that was sent away…

It starts off innocently enough.  I’m making a piece for a client, and then it happens.  I’m cutting the pattern out of the fabric, like any other project, and the butterflies start.  I rush to the sewing machine, eager to see it become what I see in my mind.  I begin to grow attached, find myself staring at it as it comes together, unable to go to bed until it’s *at least* almost finished.  I won’t finish it that night, because I know that the sooner it is done, the sooner it will leave my possession.  I accept it. I’ve fallen in love with the piece, and I want to stretch my time out with it for as long as possible.

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Don’t get me wrong-I put my heart, and all the skill I can muster, into every piece I create! But sometimes, something about a certain item, or maybe the person it is going to when it is a gift, creates a different energy.  Last week this very thing happened again.  My friend Heather had asked me to create a backpack for her, and it was her turn in my sewing queue. Her first choice of fabric was unavailable, but we found this black and white version of it, and I convinced her to let me play with the coordinating medallion pattern.  I based it off my “Essentials”pattern, with a few modifications per her request.  I also added resin snaps to the sides, so that the side gussets can be snapped flat when the bag is less full, but opened up when it needs to hold more. It has 1.5” wide woven cotton straps, and silver sliding buckles to adjust the length. I hope I have some free time in the fall, because I certainly want one for myself!  in the meantime, I’d love to make one for you!

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So, check it out…here is the one that got away! 🙂  If you would like one of your own, please email me at susie@freerosestudio.com to place a custom order.  The Essentials Backpack is $85, and can be made in this combination of fabrics, or from another pattern in my current stock (email to see current availability).

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Echino Birds totes are back!

Last summer I purchased a lovely Echino linen fabric in a birds print, and made a bag and a handful of wallets.  The fabric was from Japan, and I fell in love with the feel and look of this print.  Then I found out it was sold out everywhere online!  I was so sad to not have a chance to make any more nice things with it.

Fast forward to last month, when my husband, Marc, and I took the bambino on a quick trip up to Austin.  We ended up by a small, independent fabric store I had not visited in some time.  I started to get very excited when we parked, as there was a sign advertising they were now carrying the Echino line. I don’t think you can imagine my joy when I found they still had not one, but two of the birds color ways!!

I bought what I could, brought it home, and got to cutting.  I started with the biggest projects first.  Today I am so happy to unveil the first three bags made from this small stash of sold-out fabric.  They are each made from my “Essentials” pattern, and feature all the inside pockets and divider that help keep your belongings organized and easy to find.  You can find them all in my Etsy shop.

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“The Essentials” pattern is a multi-purpose bag I designed that is just the right size to hold it all without being bulky.  It works great as an oversized purse, diaper bag, carryon and even as a school bag (will hold most average laptops).  It’s layered canvas construction and cotton straps will carry your items with ease and provide many years of use.

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Each bag features a different lining color scheme, as well as contrasting trims; truly making each bag one of a kind.  Please see the listings for detailed photos.

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Features:
-14″ Tall, 10″ Wide, 5″ Deep
-Interior Divider features two flat 6.5″ tall pockets.
-4 Large pleated pockets, 2 on each side of the divider; each measuring 10″ high and 7.5″ wide when fully expanded.
-Durable, double stitched seams and reinforced stress points.
-Contrasting trim on inside pockets. Interior is made of sturdy duck canvas.
-Outer features a beautiful, Japanese linen fabric featuring birds and vines. Polka dots line the sides of the bag. Linen fabric is backed with duck canvas for strength.
-100% Cotton Straps.

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Thank you for visiting Free Rose Studio! Please come back again, and browse the wares on Etsy!

-Susie

“The Raleigh”

“The Raleigh” is based off my best selling diaper bag design, “The Essentials.”  It features all the same organizational features, but this version is crafted from soft and durable genuine leather, and showcases a lining made from vintage 1960’s brocade fabric.  It is large enough to be a school satchel or diaper bag for two, but also the perfect size for running around town; it will also accommodate most average size laptops and textbooks.

It is sturdy, but not stiff; making it comfortable and smooth against your body. Leather appliques across the front add visual interest, blending the asymmetrical straps into the piece. Straps are leather. A divided interior full of large pockets gives everything a place, and keeps the large space organized and functional.

The front displays mod rectangle appliques, a multi-dimensional mix of topstitched leather and stitched outlines. Please visit the Free Rose Studio Etsy shop to view and order this, along with other handmade bags and accessories.  If you have any questions, or would like information on wholesale ordering for your business, please contact Admin@FreeRoseStudio.com Thank you for visiting Free Rose Studio!

-Approx 14″ Tall, 10″ Wide, 5″ Deep

-2 Pleated Outer Pockets, lined, are large enough to hold water bottles or sippy cups
-Interior Divider features two flat 6.5″ tall pockets
-4 Large pleated pockets, 2 on each side of the divider; each measuring 10″ high and 7.5″ wide when fully expanded.

Down memory lane…

Yesterday, during our seemingly endless drive into the the Big Easy, I was going through some of the older pics in iPhoto.  It was so fun to look at pictures of some things I have created in the past! I thought I would share some of them here, in case they might inspire others of something they would like to have custom made for them, or maybe even an idea they could make for themselves!

Today I will focus just on bags I have made.  While I don’t like to remake anything exactly the same (because I want your Free Rose creation to always be one of a kind), I can happily remake any of these with some variations if you see something you would like!  Feel free to email susie@freerosestudio.com with any questions!

 

Destination Katy

Another brand new design rolled out of the Free Rose Studio this week.  I’d like to take a quick moment to introduce you to the “Destination Katy” handbag! Handmade by me, just for you.

Features soft velvet trim in chocolate brown and a textured slouchy cotton. Interior fabric is your choice of various vintage dress fabrics (selection will be provided at checkout). Silver purse feet, rings, and studs pop against the soft brown. Front flap is held in place with a magnetic snap closure.

Decorative hand stitching finishes the edges, while silver hardware and studs add glamour.

Interior is crafted from your choice of vintage brocade fabrics.  It features double pouch pockets, cell phone pocket, and snapping key loop.

Soft and luxurious padded velvet shoulder straps coordinate with the velvet trim. This bag measures approx. 11″ high by 14″ wide, with an approx 12″ drop on the straps.

I use high quality fabrics, threads, and notions to create a unique piece of art you can wear everyday.  Complete your look and leave the house knowing you are carrying something few others have, and for the affordable price of $95.

This bag is made to order.   Please use the box below to contact me.  I will send you choices for the lining fabric; once I have received your selection you will receive your one of a kind, custom handbag in 3-4 weeks.

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!

Mother’s Day is just around the bend…

…and wouldn’t a custom bag be a thoughtful gift? Give the special mom in your life a gift card to receive her own hand-made-just-for-her-because-she’s-awesome bag!

How does it work? Simply purchase the “Custom Oversized Bag” listing in my Etsy store, and  I will send a handmade card to the recipient (or to the giver if they would like to present it themselves), letting them know to contact me to choose the fabric for their bag. After they have notified me of their choice, I will create their gift and mail it to them (gift wrapped, of course) within 2-3 weeks.  Imagine the delight Mom will experience knowing it was created just for her! And imagine how easy this amazing gift will be for you-just an email and a few clicks and you’re a hero.  If you would like to send a smaller gift, gift cards for custom pouch slings and ring slings are also available. Smaller bags of the same excellent quality are available at a lower price, please email or contact me to discuss! There’s a way to meet most any budget.

Still not sold? Then let me share with you what your gift could look like…

I just finished up this beautiful bag today, and can I say I am in L-O-V-E  LOVE?! This one is going to be hard to part with!!

The floral pattern is complimented with a whimsical leaf pattern on the side pockets-notice the tiny squirrels and foxes. I just couldn’t resist using that print somewhere.

A zip-top option was added to this order, as shown below.

The top can be unzipped completely to allow full access to the interior. Inside you’ll find the standard pockets included on the base bag: 2 Large cloth diaper/blanket/change of clothes pockets, one cosmetics/”Mommy” pocket, a divided pocket, and also a snapping key/toy loop. The slings (laying inside) are not included but can be added to coordinate with any order.

If you need to know one thing about me, it’s that I adore rick rack.  You’ll find it popping up every once in awhile…ok, maybe more than just once in awhile!  It’s going to be a recurring trend here, you’ll see. 🙂

And of course, the back….I would love to make another similar to this for a special someone because I just can’t wait to sew with this floral print again.  Is it wrong to love a pattern?

Until next time…Happy Sewing! And Shopping! 😉