The Winchelsea Bag + Competition Winner

Tue 22nd, Sep, 2009

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Thanks for all the comments on the deckchair finds (oh and how lovely Mr BC is, hmm, you don’t live with him lol!), too kind, I must say I’ve been meaning to mention that I love to read what you all think of my adventures in thrifting and decorating – thanks so much -there isn’t enough time in the day for me to work on my projects, blog, and comment back to everyone who is so kind to take the time to communicate,  I suppose I could stop feeding and clothing my family…and live remotely in blogland…hmm…so errm just thanks

I wanted to show you my latest bag…The Winchelsea Bag…named after a little coastal town on the South Coast cos I love those old English seaside towns…you already know that.  ..


I made this one just because.  

Because my friend lg has spurred me back into making things. 

Because I wanted a bag for a book, a camera, a few collected things 

Because I love throw over ya shoulder totes.

Because I’m seriously digging navy blue and white stripes.

Because I wanted a casual bag for Thrifting Saturdays.  


It fits the bill for me…casual, handmade and a little bit nautical…

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The competition winner from last week for the lovely prints from Tessyla is Vikki K – Vikki I’ve emailed, congrats. 

I’ve got more goodie Beach Cottage giveaways lined up…how exciting, and don’t forget if you want your website/business/craft to be featured go here to read how, thanks, I’d love to have you!


Alrighty ladies, it’s 8.20pm here at the cottage and I sat down to blog and have now collapsed which is good ‘cos Tuesday night is one of the only nights that there is anything decent to watch on tv…so I have a nice hot chilli-con-carne in the slow cooker, a cold beer and my pj’s ready and waiting 

see ya tomorrow, I cleaned up the newest Beach Cottage member today, that old lady vintage window – boy she is rocking!  

stay tuned!


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36 Responses to “The Winchelsea Bag + Competition Winner”

  1. Laura says:

    Your bag is so gorgeous. Is there no end to your talents? :)

  2. Christine says:

    I love your bag! It is so beachy! You are very talented!

  3. Lynda says:

    Ok Sarah, stop being so incredibly clever and talented and finish off the guest toilet.. I have just found a new house and the guest toilet is diabolical!! Help me… Oh long time no see.. ;)

  4. Courtney says:

    Love the bag, Sarah! The fabrics you chose look so great together.

  5. Brenda Kula says:

    I have always been a big fan of navy blue and white stripes. Red and white gets my motor running too.

  6. I dont think your talent ends! Always inpirational, you! That bag is adorable!

  7. Tina Lawver says:

    What a beautie. Love the bag. I always enjoy my visits here.

  8. Mandy says:

    Love that bag, you inspire me to get crafty!

  9. Silke says:

    What a lovely bag! It is adorable as well as the lovely pictures of it it.
    All the best from Germany,

  10. Beauty of a bag! Can’t wait to see the new addition to your lovely beach cottage.

  11. Vicki K says:

    Squeals of delight!! Thank you, Sarah, for the wonderful giveaway you offered and I won! I have contacted Tess and excited to choose from the prints.

    I love the classic navy stripes of your tote with the not-expected print for the straps. Very fun. The insides of bags are sometimes my favorite part with the contrasting pockets…

  12. Molly says:


  13. Sami Melton says:

    Good job on the bag! You’re color and design is totally on point according to my liking as well. Nice work! Happy creating!!

  14. sealaura says:

    cute bag sarah, very beachy. oh how I wish I could sew! chili con carne sounds yummy and cozy bon apetit!

  15. Lori says:

    Love the bag. There can never be enough tote bags or jackets in my world. I’d rather have those than 100′s of shoes any day…shocking I know :)

  16. Cheryl says:

    I love your bag! Did you make the pattern up yourself? Is that ticking? I love ticking. There is something about it that draws me to it. Love how you used the sea shell fabric on the underside of the handles.

    I see your camera is just running free in the bag. I have a great link to a fabric camera case for you to make for it.
    Here ya go:

    Have a wonderful day!

  17. Lori says:

    I looove your new bag! Or should I say lurve? Anyway, let us know if you have any bags like that for sale! I really need to get a sewing machine and learn to sew.

  18. Alison Gibbs says:

    Great bag for all your thrifting finds

  19. Nicolette says:

    Sarah, the bag looks simply amazing. Love the way it looks.


  20. Kim says:

    Love the bag! Love your blog! And seriously, we need about 48 hours a day to get everything done that we want to.

  21. Pearl Maple says:

    Fun bag, just perfect for weekend shabby beach shopping or heading to the beach to find new shells, the fabrics are a great choice.

  22. Dear Sarah!
    I’m totally overwhelmed by your countless talents! *slime*
    Remembering your Eurpoean connection, I came to bother you with an off-topic question! *more slime*
    What is the cheapest way to send a bunch of mags (round 3 kgs) to Europe? Hope you’ll ease my pain this time!
    Thanks :)

  23. Rachel says:

    Lovin the bag Sarah and can’t wait to see your vintage window! :)


  24. cielo says:

    Hi.. I’m glad I had some free time today to just hop from blog to blog and get lost in yours… You have done a great job creating your white heaven by the sea… lovely! I’ll be back soon.


  25. Mary says:

    Your blog is an inspiration and makes me wish I was still back by the beach in Devon where I grew up (Torquay).

    The Winchelsea bag is delightful – that town claims to be the smallest in England! See there’s also a Winchelsea in Victoria – have you visited?

    Sarah, love how you’ve given a new home and life to so many rescued finds – more people need to do this to stop the ‘throw-away lifestyle’ we’re making. I no longer shop in new furniture shops – I love the thrill of the hunt in antiques/vintage shops where one of a kind still exists…..and a paint brush allows us to be creative.

  26. Great casual beach bag Sarah.

  27. I love reading your entries and seeing your home! We have slightly different styles but I’d still love if you’d visit my latest blog post and share your opinion on a design dilemma I’ve encountered. Thanks in advance!

  28. Oh yeah…. navy and white stripe screams nautical to me. Love the bag Sarah.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  29. Alison says:

    I love that bag, it’s fab!

  30. bj says:

    Your bag looks fabulous!!
    Love, bj

  31. cathi says:

    The bag is simply gorgeous!

  32. Oh I love the winchelsea bag. I have a thing for navy and white stripes and the lining you chose is fantastic.I really love it. OH!~Sharon

  33. Susan says:

    LOVE the bag…pattern or tutorial? I’m thinking I need something similar to that…

    And since I am too lazy to dig out the atlas and check things out…you okay with the dust storms and stuff?

    I’ve got to find that map of Australia and/or the world map and get them up and mark the bloggers on it!

  34. all well here thanks susan, tho cottage has a thick layer of red dust!
    i used a tote bag pattern


    On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 9:49 AM, wrote:

  35. Celia says:

    Love the bag! Let us know if you decide to make and sell that!