Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Three Victorian Children on Skates

Night before last, I purchased this sweet French postcard graphic of these Victorian children skating in their beautiful period attire. I found this beauty at FrenchPaperMoon on Etsy.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it too! So I printed it on cotton fabric and stitched it to some painter's canvas drop cloth and voila!....a zipper bag! I added a bit of trim, some mismatched buttons, some crinkled seam binding and a metal zipper.

It turned out so cute and I enjoyed stitching it up and adding all the embellishments.

I wanted something very specific for the lining and I looked and looked but just couldn't find exactly what I had in mind. As I was about to leave the store I noticed the remnant bin and in there was about a yard of this beautiful, bronze-like/ brown colored home decorator fabric with some sheen to it. PERFECT! It added just the right amount of richness and weight to the bag.

These sweet faces are hard not to fall in love with....and their clothing is beautiful! Can you imagine skating in those clothes?

I added a coordinating tag with the care instructions on the back.

Then I felt the urge to make another bag....I enjoyed making it that much.

Though I ran out of the taupe colored trim that I used on the first bag, the ivory cotton lace worked as well and added a nice touch.

This adorable little threesome inspired me to do a little sewing and now that these bags are done, I can think of many more ways that I would like to use this graphic. I am thinking that they would look so cute as little embellished fabric ornaments and that may just be my next project.

Follow up post:  Ornaments made from with this same image, CLICK HERE!


  1. That's my favorite thing that you've made! How adorable! Happy holiday sewing! (I have a project to work on today...flannel Christmas pjs for a dollie! lol) Hugs!

  2. Oh sweet Linda, what a darling little zippered purse you've made! I just love the graphic and wish I knew how to print onto fabric. Happy sewing to you, my friend.

  3. How precious Linda! I love this. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  4. So very beautiful Linda, I love your little bags with the sweet girls, also the tag looks wonderful. So inspirational, and lovely Christmassy .
    Hugs, Dorthe

  5. Dearest Linda,
    I feel so, so charmed by your little purse, you know how much I love the Victorian Age end everything recalling it !

    Hope you're having the best of weeks,
    I'm sending you hugs and more hugs across the Ocean

    Xx Dany

  6. Hi Linda, wow you are really on to a great direction with this darling graphic. I love the bags. They are so adorable and you are right, you just fall in love with these sweet victorian children. I love anything with skating too. As a child I skated everyday in the winter living in Michigan. Those pretty clothes were not apart of our attire. We spent a lot of time getting up off the ice and snow. haha
    Thanks for sharing and the etsy link too.
    Hugs for a great start to December!! xo

  7. How beauty is that! What a lovely creation you have made with your beautiful hands, Linda.
    That was pretty special that you found the material you were looking for on the remnant box.
    Your etsy shop looks great for the holidays.

    Bless you ~~

  8. Oh Linda they are just adorable and love the idea you had for them and the printing of them turned out so good, your embellishing of them and the little tag is so pretty. You do such beautiful work!!

  9. I think this is one of my favorite things you've made Linda! It's so charming and feminine, and I love Victorian things! You've been happily busy making so many goodies, and how cool that you found the fabric in the remnant box?! Love when things like that happen :)