Pattern: Happiness is Hibiscus Cross Stitch Project Bag

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Hello! *waves wildly whilst smiling widely*

This week I’m very excited to show off my Happiness is Hibiscus Chunky Cross Stitch Project Bag. It's just been published in
this month's Homespun!

Happiness is Hibiscus is a stylish yet roomy shoulder bag designed for toting your craft projects around town. It has two side pockets, a zipper with a cute zip pull and comfortable shoulder straps, and it’s made entirely from hand stitch.

That’s right…entirely from hand stitch!

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It’s sewn in Drops Karisma, a heavenly 100% wool dyed in 42 divine shades. The Karisma palette lends the bag a rustic, vintage chic and a durable finish.

I used shades Lavender (74), Light Old Pink (40) and Light Beige (71) but you can mix and match any of the 42 colours to suit your personality.

Purple, pink and beige yarn by Drops Karisma

It’s large enough to store your knitting, quilting or sewing project and the handy side pockets are great for needles, scissors or pens to mark off your progress.

Happiness is Hibiscus can be hand-washed, and a quick spritz with a waterproofing spray will keep your WIPs safe and dry whatever the weather!

Maybe you didn't believe me earlier but it really is entirely hand sewn and it’s an ideal project for a confident beginner to tackle!

Almost all of the stitches are a cross stitch variation, first half cross stitches are worked in one direction and then needlepoint tapestry stitches in the other.

The photo below shows the back of the stitching. As you can see the way the stitches are worked creates a lining so the bag looks as beautiful inside as it does out.

How the back of tapestry stitch looks on plastic canvas

Overcast stitch is also used. It’s a super easy stitch to complete and full instructions are included in the tutorial printed in January's Homespun.

By the end of this project you’ll be able to do these stitches in the dark!

The majority of the stitching is completed in one colour so it is the perfect project to sew during a Netflix marathon. Whilst I was sewing this I devoured Orange Is The New Black and Girl Boss.

I’ve just found all 10 series of Friends on there so if you’re like me and looking for a project to stitch along with, this could be it.

Woman standing on wood fence modelling handmade project bag

Would you like to make one?

You'll find all the instructions and charts to make it in this month’s issue of Australian Homespun. It’s available digitally and in print so wherever you are in the world you’ll be able to access the pattern and give it a go.

Front Cover of Homespun Magazine, January 2018

I would LOVE to see your Happiness is Hibiscus Project Bag!

Show off your progress via email at bobbinandfred @ or tag @bobbinandfred or #bobbinandfred on Instagram or Twitter.

If you have any queries about the instructions or are in need of encouragement to get going, please do get in touch so I can help you make your beautiful bag lady dreams a reality.

Woman reading sat next to her craft project bag in the park

Are you a designer with a beautiful project you’d like to see in print but have no idea how to go about it?

Check out my post, How To Submit Your Craft Project to a Magazine, for all you need to know.

I love hearing from you, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments box below 🌺

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Have a fab, floss-filled week!

Shannan, Bobbin and Fred xX

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