I wanted to share a few pictures with you all. I bought this simple canvas messenger bag at a local festival to carry around all of my purchases of the day. It was originally embroidered with the logo of the shop that I bought the bag from, but I didn't care for the embroidery. I spent a few hours with my seam ripper and removed the embroidery, and then hand sewed a few patches on it. These patches are pretty special.
The first patch, I Heart Knitting, I found on Etsy and I knew I had to have it. The second patch, I Knit With Balls, I requested a custom item from the same seller on Etsy as the first patch. I knew the colors and the phrase I wanted and she stitched it up. Both of these are embroidered on felt and have an iron on backing for easy application. I still chose to sew them on though.
The last patch is very special to me. I decided I wanted a large patch that showed a ball of yarn with wooden knitting needles. I did a little bit of graphic design and submitted an alchemy request on Etsy. Litterally minutes later, several sellers placed a bid to do my work. In the end, I chose the patch you see on my bag. I actually had it done in three colors. If you look closely, you will see there are actually two different blues in the ball of yarn designed to simulate a slightly varigated yarn. Then if you look at the needles, they are done with a varigated thread that sort of simulates wood grain in the wooden knitting needles. Pretty cool eh?
So those of you who are searching for a great bag, think outside the box. Buy a plain bag and embellish it. If anyone would like a direct link to the particular sellers on Etsy, please send me a private message and I'd be happy to send you their direction.