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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Gather what you love ...

In celebration of Daylight Savings Time, and as promised ...
here's how I made my Sparrow Gather Joy Satchel which can be found in the Winter Belle Armoire issue.
  The perfect travelling satchel for safekeeping all those found treasures. 
 Wear it wrapped across your body as you walk gathering up fallen gems that catch your eye along the way.  If you come across a particularly wonderful spot, find a lovely strong branch to hang your satchel from as you fill it.  Much nicer than filling up your pockets!
With the warmer weather soon approaching, I'll make another one to take on picnics to hold reading material ♥  They would make lovely Earth Day presents too {April 22}
Tools & Materials
Main fabric
Assorted decorative fabrics (perfect for using up all those little bits of scrap fabric left over from other projects)
Seam binding
Sewing Machine
Embroidery floss
Sewing needle
Small alphabet stamp set
Stamping ink
Sparrow stamp
Feather stamp
Lg button
OPTIONAL: fallen branch, hacksaw, drill (to create a wooden button)
Cut fabric for satchel 18" x 12", fold in half and press with an iron to create a seam. Open up fabric and fold over 1" press with iron to create a seam, and stitch along top.  Fold fabric back in half again as you will only be covering the front of the satchel with fabric and lace.
Cut out various shapes and sizes of decorative fabric and place on bag. When you have found a pleasing arrangement, pin in place and using sewing machine, stitch.
Fill in spaces here and there with lace to embellish.
On a small piece of burlap, sew on two buttons with embroidery floss and add to satchel.
On a small piece of fabric, stamp the word GATHER and on another small piece of fabric, stamp with Sparrow stamp.  Sew both to front of satchel.
Tear a long, thin strip of fabric and create a rosette by rolling and twirling fabric, adding a few stitches in place to hold and add to left hand side of satchel.  Embellish rosette with a small pearl to the center.
For the inside of the satchel, on a small piece of fabric, stamp the words GATHER JOY, and on another small piece of fabric, stamp a feather.  Stitch into place.
You are now ready to sew your satchel.  With right sides together, stitch along side and bottom, turn right side out.  Now it's time to add the straps.
To make the nice long straps, cut a strip of fabric 48" x 2".  Fold in half and stitch together.  Turn inside out and stitch along the two bottoms.  Attach to either side of satchel.
I often find lovely little twigs and branches with unusual twists and bends, and bring them home from my walks to place in vases.  They are  also wonderful for making  rustic buttons!  This is when I send "my ideas" out to my hubby's workshop :-)  He says they are super easy to make - here's how to create one.  Simply cut across branch using a hacksaw 1/8 " thick or more (to reduce the chance of snapping).  Use a drill to create 2 small holes.  Lightly sand to remove any sharp edges that could catch your clothing and attach to satchel using needle and embroidery thread. Create a small catching loop from seam binding and stitch to center of satchel.
I'm sharing a lovely quote by John O'Donahue ...
while it is wonderful in it's entirety, there is one particular line that I adored & will tuck inside my satchel  ~
May you listen to your longing to be free.
May the frames of your belonging be large enough for the dreams of your soul.
May you arise each day
with a voice of blessing
whispering in your heart ...
something good is going to happen to  you.
May you find harmony
between your soul and your life.
May the mansion of your soul never become a haunted place.
May you know the eternal longing that lies at the heart of time.
May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within.
May you never place walls between the light and yourself.
May you be set free from the prisons of guilt, fear, disappointment and despair.
May you allow the wild beauty of the invisible world
to gather you, mind you, and embrace you
in belonging.
~John O'Donahue~
I will share how to make a Sparrow "I hear you singing to my soul" key chain & "Fly on gentle wings" cuff bracelet (as seen in Belle Armoire Winter 2013)  soon.
♥Happy Gathering♥


Julie Marie said...

Oooh Deb, how beautiful!... I want to make one sooo bad, but not sure if I am talented enough to do so!... I always gather "treasures from the trail" when Jack and I take our Nature walk each day... and I usually just put them in my pockets... a "Gather Joy" bag would be perfect for me!... and I absolutely love the quote!... your posts (and entire blog) are so inspiring to me... I am missing posting especially about Nature... thank you so much for sharing how to make these... sending you and Archer much love... enjoy your "gathering"!... xoxo Julie Marie and tessy

Deb said...

Thank you Julie Marie ♥
I have very limited sewing skills & the satchel is super easy to make, sort of like a little pillow case with straps that you embellish :-)
It doesn't take long to fill it with pine cones, leaves, twigs, stones etc ... and much nicer than the plastic bag I use to tuck in my pocket :-D
I miss your Nature posts too (hope you will post again soon) xo In the meantime enjoy your walks & joyful gathering ♥

Jeanne said...

Beautiful indeed.

Love and hugs and I love your quotes and photographs.

Love Jeanne♥

Deb said...

Thank you Jeanne ♥