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Tiffany & Co. inspired this…

Posted on: March 25, 2013

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I’ve finished my project with the Tiffany Blue-ish yarn.  I’m very happy with the outcome, even though there were a few hiccups along the way.

I decided on a pattern from Simplicity, but when I started I felt like the finished size was going to be too small.  So I changed hook size to an “H”, set out to figure out how to make it a little bigger.  Upon doing this I found that there were 2 mistakes in the written pattern on Simplicity, and it gave me fits for, literally, 2 days!!  I finally figured it out, after I drew that pattern out on graph paper, and got to work.

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Just like I don’t write patterns, I don’t draw them either. But, you might be able to figure out what I did here. Each color is a new round 🙂

Once I figured out what the heck I was doing the bag was very simple.  I learned that the stitch used is a Nesting Shell.  I did modify the shell by doing a front post stitch on the center post.  I didn’t know how it would look when I did it, but I am very happy with the way it turned out.  Both the front and back had a nice texture, and I think I will try to do a back post next time I do this stitch to get the reverse effect on the right side.

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I did enough rows to make the blue section 9″.  I think it was 24 rounds, but if you try it, just measure as you go.  When I got to the end of my blue section I changed to white and followed the pattern directions.  I finished off with a crab stitch, which I’d never used before, but I liked how it turned out!

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Now I had the body of my project finished I had to figure out what kind of strap I wanted.  I knew that I wanted to incorporate black into the project to emulate the black writing on the T&C box.  I started out with a solid black strap, but it was too stark in contrast to the light colors of the bag.  I decided on modifying the shell stitch from the bag into a strap.  I did my chain and first round of sc in black, then changed to white and did one round of shells in the back loops.  Then I did the last round of the pattern to fill in the valleys of the shells.  Again, happy with the outcome.

Tiffany Strap

 When I started the project I knew I wanted to line my bag.  I’m not a great seamstress, but I know how to work a sewing machine.  I found a very nice, and well written tutorial over on While They Play.  The only thing I changed where my sizes, and I added fusible interfacing to give my sides support.  My bag is much bigger than the one she made, and it folded in on itself.  I couldn’t have that, so I asked the ladies at the Jo~Ann cutting counter and they recommended Pellon 71F Peltex.  Easy to use, easy to cut, easy to sew.  Hard to iron my seams flat, but I made it happen, and it looks great.

Tiffany Lining Complete

Originally, I was going to make a flower but thought a bow would make it look more like the traditional Tiffany box style.  I couldn’t find a bow that I loved, so I went back to the flower idea.  I looked and looked for a flower that would be big enough for a statement, plain enough to be subtle, and pretty enough to be a showpiece.  There are so, so many flowers out there that I had a hard time choosing.  I saw a great afghan from Red Heart that had flower appliques, and I knew the large rose on their project fit my bill.  I omitted the leaves on their project.  It also made my blingy button pop!  YAY!!!

Tiffany Flower

With all my pieces made I assembled my bag.  This is the first bag I’ve ever made, so it took a little trial and error to get all my pieces just right.  Whey they say “pin flower to piece” they really do mean pin that flower down exactly like you want it because if you don’t it will move, guarantee!  And, don’t under pin.  You always take the pins out when you’re done, so use as many as you need to secure it where you want it.  Trust me!

And that’s it.  I love my new bag.  It’s almost too fancy for me, but I’m sure I’ll find somewhere to take it.  Maybe I’ll make my husband take me out to a nice place just so I’ll have somewhere to go besides preschool pick-up and Kroger  😀

Tiffany Bag

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2 Responses to "Tiffany & Co. inspired this…"

I really love this bag you did a great job!

Thank you very much!!!

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