Introducing the “Barlow Bag”

I’ve been selling these for a few months now, but I thought it was time to officially introduce my newest style: The “Barlow Bag”!  This convertible bag is available as a cross body, but the strap quickly shortens to purse length to be carried on the shoulder.  Ready made items are currently available in my Etsy shop, and of course you can always custom order by visiting the Contact tab above.

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Tapered at the top, with a pleated, curved bottom to accommodate a full bag, it holds a lot but stays flat against your body.

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Size wise, it falls between the smaller “Pennsylvanian” and the “Essentials” bag.

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 The “Barlow” stands 14″ tall and 4″ deep. The top measures 12″ across, while the wider bottom is 14″. It contains 2 inner pleated pockets, but can be upgraded to 4 pleated, or 2 pleated and one flat. The cotton belting strap adjusts up to 50″ in length (longer lengths available by custom order).

 

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The “Barlow Bag” is available with a messenger flap closure (with magnetic snap), or with a zippered top (pictured below)Image.  

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To order, please contact me, and I’ll send you my current fabric choices.  The “Barlow” bag is available for $55.  Embroidery, monogramming, and appliqués are available for an additional fee.  

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The “Barlow” can also be ordered in a purse length with a matching fabric strap for an additional $8.

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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!

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!

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! 😉

Oversized Daycare Diaper Bag

Parents with children in daycare know that the list of things you need to take with you-besides the baby-can seem endless.  Make your mornings a little easier with this oversized diaper bag, it will help keep you organized with a place for everything.

Made with your choice of fun cotton print and lining, a hidden inner layer of water resistant canvas give the bag it’s shape and adds durability. Measuring 17″ tall 15″ wide, and 7.5″ deep, it’s roomy but easy to carry.  The outside features a large zippered pocket (optional embroidered name), and two side pockets, each of which can easily carry 2 bottles or sippy cups.

The interior of the bag has a sturdy divider, perfect for dividing blankets and sheets from extra clothes and bibs.  Two extra large side by side pockets are large enough to hold cloth diapers, or to store changes of clothes, disposable diapers, burp rags, etc.  2 more pockets add extra storage space, perfect for snacks, pacis, or your wallet.  A snapping loop is perfect for keeping your keys handy, or keeping track of small toys.  Contrast trim edges the tops of the pockets, adding a beautiful contrast and making them easy to find.

Soft and sturdy cotton straps wrap around the bag to distribute the weight and keep it comfortable on your shoulder during long trips.

Not just for daycare, this oversized diaper bag is perfect for the beach, long trips, flying, and moms with more than one child.  Adult prints are available, this would be a great overnight  or carry one bag as well.

If you would like one of your own, please click on any of the pictures to view the etsy listing, choose the “Shop” tab above or email me at Susie@freerosestudio.com!  I will provide you with many beautiful choices of exterior fabrics, which I will then beautifully match with two contrasting fabrics for the interior and trim.

If you have other pocket needs, I will be happy to accommodate them, available options include a cell phone pocket, waterproof water bottle pocket, insulated bottle pockets. This bag can also be made as a messenger style bag, with a single adjustable strap.  This one-of-a-kind bag will be made to your specifications, you’ll receive a bag hand patterned and crafted just for you, with one line of professionally embroidered text, for $72 plus shipping.  Please contact me for more information or to start the order process, this beautiful and functional bag is perfect for upcoming summer travels!