A Bag for Memories

I’m trying to play catch up before I start any new projects, tidy up loose ends as it were. In some ways I don’t feel I’ve achieved much over the last couple of weeks, but a lot of it is working on existing projects with not a lot of finshes! My daughter on the other hand has been quarantined for less than a week and so far she’s made a skirt, a pretty blouse, another top and a tweed jacket!!

One finish I have is a bag for my mum’s textile memory book which I finished a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to make a bag to store it in, keep the dust off it.

There was one large embroidery of my mum’s left which was too big to go in the book, it’s a crewel work embroidery of different herbs and spices, not quite finished, but near enough.

It wasn’t quite wide enough for what I wanted but I had a plan! I found a length of soft furnishing fabric in my stash which matched pretty well so I used that for the back, I extended the sides slightly to make it a little bigger and then just flattened tube for the bottom seam. I used some bias binding round the to so I didn’t lose any length from turning the raw edge under.

It’s very simple but it does the job. There’s also room in it for a patchwork bag my mum made, I’ve put all the sympathy cards and letters we received in there, together with a copy of my tribute and also the book ‘Dear Mum’ These books were popular about 10 years ago, I haven’t seen them recently but it’s a great idea. I gave my mum the book for Christmas, it asks all the questions you never get round to asking, my mum filled it in and gave it back. It’s a lovely book to treasure now.

I’ve tied the whole bag with some coordinating ribbon and now I just need to clear a space on our old pine chest to keep it on.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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16 Responses to A Bag for Memories

  1. You make the most amazing stuff! What a wonderful memory book and bag for it.

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  2. Sending you thoughts of peace, hope you are doing ok. Beautiful bag for your Mum’s memory book.

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  3. What a beautiful way to honour the memories you hav of your Mum. You have created a precious heirloom.

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  4. prue batten says:

    It’s so tender, so poignant. And as wild Daffodil says, a really beautiful heirloom with such a story to tell. You are amazing, Margaret. I’m so glad I found your blog!
    I wish I’d had the Dear Mum book for my Mum. There’s a quazillion questions I want to ask and never can.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Thanks Prue for your lovely comments. There is a whole series of Dear…, apart from obvious questions about their early life, there were things like ‘Have you any regrets’ ‘How would you like to be remembered’ – I used that as the last line of my tribute at her funeral!

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  5. tialys says:

    A lovely way to use more of your Mum’s lovely work and to keep your memory book safe.

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  6. You are so lucky to have so much of your Mum to treasure. You do her a great honor. It is good to hear you have passed on your Mum’s talents to your daughter too. Peace and Hugs…

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  7. Sharon says:

    Just lovely and melts my heart that you did this

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  8. Steph says:

    Such a lovely memorial.

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  9. mandycurrie says:

    Hello Margaret, what a beautiful bag for such a beautiful book. It’s so special the way you honoured your Mum, I do so wish I had more of the things my Mum made. Bless you. Nice to hear your daughter has taken after you. Keep well and safe. Regards Mandy xx

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