I FINALLY finished! YAY! First off I have to give a shout out to sheepBlue who inspired me to make this bag. She made a Harry Potter themed teesha moore bag and I fell in love with it right off and knew I needed to make one for SIL for her birthday. She and I are huge Harry Potter fans. Well, it didn't make it on time for her birthday, but I'm not too far off. ^_^
Ok, so this is the first time I've ever done anything like this before. I love the free form and unfinished look of it. I also have newly developed callouses on my pointer finger and thumb from this project. ^_^ I'm also new to embroidery and my skills in it increased with each patch I did. This was such a fun learning and playing project and it makes me hungry for more!
So all of it is done by hand, except for the liner and the sewing on of the handles (I wanted those suckers to stay on there!). I did sew the liner into the bag by hand, though. I had numerous ideas for the handles, but nothing panned out, so I went simple and just bought the straps at the fabric store.
And so upclose shots of the panels on this side:
For the houses I wanted to think outside of the box and to represent them I just used their colors on the patch and went crazy. The yellow and black is Hufflepuff and next to is the Platform 9 3/4 sign done on felt with a flannel background.
Ron's christmas sweater from his mom, Mrs. Weasley. The sweater is felt and the background is flannel. The glasses and lightbolt was freezer paper stenciled on and then I stitched around the edges.
Harry Potter's wand. The wand I free hand painted on and stitched around. The lettering is stamped on with letter stamps and fabric paint.
Slytherin's patch. I love the batik fabric behind the swirly. And underneath is a snitch. The wings are felt.
And Griffindor's patch. This is my very first patch. ^_^
Ravenclaw patch. I just stitch the pattern on the fabric with the embroidery floss. The Weasley patch has bead above the crown. They are clear iridescent so they are hard to see in the picture.
Hedwig is a freezer paper stencil and then I stitched on the detailing. The sorting hat is felt.
This is Voldemort's wand, done with a freezer paper stencil. I stitch around it and stitched on the wording. Its hard to read in the picture, but it says "13 1/2 inches, Yew, Phoenix Feather Core".
The Deathly Hallows symbol. I used freezer paper to make the outline of the lines that I stitched over. A winged key that I free hand painted and stitched around. The key is a metal scrapbooking one, and it has beads around it.
A quote from Dumbledore. "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."
For the sides I decided I wanted to do just a long panel. Here is a quote that is exclusively in the books. Kinda sad that Peeves was never featured in the movies, but this is something is says at the end of the last book. It says "We did it, we bashed him, wee potter's the one, and voldy's gone moldy, so lets have FUN!"
On this one I printed off the Harry Potter logo and made a stencil out of freezer paper and dabbed in the white. I used black embroidery floss to stitch around the edges of the lettering (that took forever! lol!)
The bottom is pretty unremarkable. Just random stitches. But its the bottom, so it won't be seen as much. ^_^
And for a size reference and to show the fabric inside:
Thanks for looking!