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"Strawberry" Shopping Bag

Added May 8, 2010

by thecuriouskiwi

Wellington, New ...






Mother’s Day Gift Idea (or stocking stuffer at Christmas time)

I saw this little bag in a shop when I visited Wellington in November 2009 and I’ve been planning to make myself one ever since. I’ve seen a few more around since then and considering Mother’s day is not far away it’s the perfect excuse to make a few to give away (and of course one for me). Now here’s the crazy part, I bought all my fabric, sketched myself a plan of attack, made a pattern and got underway. I figured it would be nice to share a little tutorial and pattern here and then one of the blogs I followed shared this link! It’s the craziest timing but I guess not so much so when you consider the time of year. I have chosen to share my version anyway, it never hurts to have a couple of points of view and I am sure between my scribbles and ikat’s amazing photos others can make some cute bags too :) I love that we chose similar fabrics too and I am glad I’m not the only one obsessing over mini strawberries that turn into carry bags :) I hope you like, they are so quick to whip up and I look forward to seeing your versions.

Material Notes

Cotton, cord, cord stopper, thread




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    Jan 19, 2011, 12.06 AMby spcanadia

    these remind me of a zip up coin purse i bought in edinburgh. it’s made of felt and has little beads on them for the strawberry seeds. its the exact same size, though, as one of your adorable drawstring bags!

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    Jun 25, 2010, 03.43 AMby cozywork

    Thanks kaitui_kiwi!~~~ lovely~~~

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    Jun 17, 2010, 11.42 PMby sewsewnoob

    I had one of these that I bought in China for 8RMB… although making it yourself is definitely preferable since the one I had was really cheaply made and broke when I overloaded it with fruits one day :( (of course it was my fruit bag!)

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    May 10, 2010, 02.03 PMby robygiup

    Great idea!!! I like them!

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    May 10, 2010, 04.23 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Thanks everyone for all your comments, I’m so glad you like them and I am happy to share my version of this bag, good luck with your versions and I look forward to seeing a few posted up xx

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    May 9, 2010, 08.01 PMby eatthatmonkey

    oh my dog! this is sooooo cute! and i don’t say word cute offten. actually, almost never. but this ir bloody cute indeed!

    how much time did it take to make it happen?

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      May 10, 2010, 04.18 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Making one or two is pretty quick, I made 5 in a row, so it took me a bit longer, it’s a bit repetitive and I was still prefecting it in my head but I reckon in half a day I’d get 10 made easy for Christmas presents :)

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    May 9, 2010, 08.11 AMby sabzarap

    Very cut! To bad, that your post came so late… This gift won’t reach my mother in time…

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      May 10, 2010, 04.19 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      I was trying to get this uploaded faster so you could all try for Mothers Day but they’d still be great for birthdays or Christmas, they are such a versatile gift :)

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      May 10, 2010, 06.44 AMby sabzarap

      You are right. Maby I’ll make one for her out of turn ;O)

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    May 9, 2010, 07.14 AMby gdac

    these are just too cute! and now have been added to my “to-sew list”

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      May 10, 2010, 04.19 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      I’ll bring them to a meet sometime, we could do them for Christmas sew-along in Oct/Nov and we can make a tute up for your idea too :)

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    May 9, 2010, 03.30 AMby judeb

    Thankyou so much for this, another coincidence I was at my sister’s in Melboune last week and she had one, I thought it was so cool I was going to work out a pattern when I had that wonderful thing TIME! you have saved me now I can make it, yeah :).

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      May 10, 2010, 04.20 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      No worries, glad I can help :) I wanted to get it up sooner but that TIME thing can definitly allude us all! Enjoy! xx

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    May 9, 2010, 02.48 AMby nidhi

    very cute bags! thanks sooooooooooooooo much for the pattern!

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    May 8, 2010, 08.55 PMby nehmah

    Thank you for adding this pattern. It’s the perfect size for little girls’ too. Cordially, Nehmah

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      May 10, 2010, 04.21 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      So true, and not so hard for little hands to try and make either ;)

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    May 8, 2010, 06.26 PMby gray

    Thank you so much for sharing- they are really great!!

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    May 8, 2010, 06.12 PMby lovelypolly

    this is just lovely!!!! I love you for the pattern!!

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    May 8, 2010, 03.46 PMby frankiesoup

    This is the perfect gift for my friend – she LOVES strawberries and shopping – what could be a better match? :P Thanks so much for sharing!

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      May 10, 2010, 04.22 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      It sounds like your friend has the perfect combo :)

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    May 8, 2010, 03.46 PMby caramia-made

    Amazingly adorable! What a great gift idea! Thanks kaitui_kiwi!

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    May 8, 2010, 03.01 PMby zenica

    Gorgeous! Thank you very much for sharing. Such a great gift. Just wait until I have a little more time again!

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    May 8, 2010, 01.26 PMby cam557

    This is brilliant! Thanks a lot for the pattern! I can’t wait to try it!

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    May 8, 2010, 01.17 PMby bibietg

    This is such an original idea! Practical and cute!

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    May 8, 2010, 01.16 PMby violetsky

    Wow these are amazing. I’m so going to make a load of these for christmas presents. Thanks for the link.

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    May 8, 2010, 12.57 PMby yuma-1

    I LOVE THIS!!!!!

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    May 8, 2010, 11.55 AMby feetyjammies

    WOW! This is great! They are really cute. I will definatley be giving this a try.

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