Bring me sunshine! Or carry on raining, whatever.

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While making the baby wearing bags for Firespiral Slings, I decided I would make my own bag to showcase the design.

I often hit on an idea that I cannot shake, and have to see it through. I say I am determined. My husband has another name for it! So when I decided I wanted a bag made from Morecambe and Wise print fabric, it wasn’t something I could walk into Abakhan and buy.

And so a collaboration started. I worked with freelance graphic designer, Kate Wilde, at Kinder Creative, who created a silhouette of Eric and Ernie to reproduce on a bag. Kate’s turnaround was so quick, I had the fabric designed online by Bags of Love within a day, and the fabric through the door within a week.

I then set about turning the baby-wearing bag pattern into a satchel-style everyday bag. Instead of the wide strap, I made a thinner strap and lined it with some Peanuts fabric I had.

 


Dyeing, snipping and sewing

Back into work today with an order book filling up, a washing machine wondering what’s going on (as it’s not being turned off) and sparks from my scissors and sewing machine.

The success of the latest batch of FiSpi baby wearing bags means I have a further 10 in the pipeline and another 4 orders from private customers.

Elements wraps are being dyed and dried all over the house to give baby wearing customers a great choice in the look and feel of their bags.

But I can use any fabrics to create one of these bags – and they don’t need to be used by a baby wearer. In fact I am in the midst of planning one of my own with a self designed and printed fabric. It won’t have a baby wearing strap just a plain one, but in the style of these bags.