Simple and Elegant

This Onbag is another Zippy – this time made out of dark blue cord and Amy Butlers ‘Lark’ fabric !

there are two pockets at the front of this zippy- they are just a little difficult to see ;)

There are two pockets at the front of this zippy- they are just a little difficult to see πŸ˜‰

The inside of the zippy is, as always, fastened with a zip πŸ˜‰

The zip extends beyod the edge of the panel so that it is easy to get things out of the bag :)

The zip extends beyod the edge of the panel so that it is easy to get things out of the bag πŸ™‚

I can hear puppies crting for their food- so I will have to make this a short post I’m afraid….

But to make it up to you all, I will post a few cute puppy pictures later on tonight πŸ˜‰

 

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Critters Zippy

Many of my June customers have seen my posts about the Zippy, and were keen to be among the firstΒ  to buy one….so I agreed, even though the Large Zippy is still about to go off on it’s travels to lots of testers.

The Zippy has already been tested quite carefully by two lovely Mamas, and they only recommended a few tweaks to the design – so I was confident to go ahead with a few orders anyway – especially since the Mamas were so keen πŸ˜‰

So, this is the first of them! It does have an additional flap – so it looks a little different to other Zippies..

The Zippy is a little firmer than other Onbags, and it stays upright on it's own ;)

The Zippy is a little firmer than other Onbags, and it stays upright on it’s own πŸ˜‰

The front pocket has print fabric on.

The front pocket has print fabric on.

The chunky zip keeps everything safe inside :)

The chunky zip keeps everything safe inside πŸ™‚

the zippy can be used easily with sling rings, using the special loops. It can be  tied like this on either side...

The zippy can be used easily with sling rings, using the special loops. It can be tied like this on either side…

Tying Tuesday – a second way rings with an Onbag baby or Classic

Oh dear – if someone was to give me a grade for my ability to blog regularly, it wouldn’t be a very good one :LOL:

Tying Tuesday came and went last week, and I completely forgot all about it :eek!:

So – many apologies to those of you who were waiting for the alternative way to use slings on your regular Onbag :hangsheadinshame:

Anyway, without further ado, here are the photos πŸ™‚

Thread the rings onto one of the straps.

Thread the rings onto one of the straps.

Now loop the shoulder strap back and thread it through the Onbag loop at the bottom of the bag.

Now loop the shoulder strap back and thread it through the Onbag loop at the bottom of the bag.

Tie the strap around the Onbag loop. you should only need a single knot here really, not a double one ;)

Tie the strap around the Onbag loop. you should only need a single knot here really, not a double one πŸ˜‰

Now the sling rings are securely attached to the Onbag πŸ™‚

I expect that most of you can do the next bit without me needing to tell you, as it’s just the same way that you thread a ring sling πŸ˜‰ But since I am trying to be thorough, I’ll go through it anyway πŸ˜‰

Take your other strap (the long one that hasn’t been threaded through anything yet πŸ˜‰ )

Now thread it through both rings.

Spot the different Onbag ;)

Spot the different Onbag πŸ˜‰

Finally, loop this strap back through one of the rings. It should look a bit like a climber’s harness πŸ˜‰

The rings lock the strap into place, and hold it there firmly.

The rings lock the strap into place, and hold it there firmly.

Now you are ready to pop your Onbag over your shoulder, and load it up!

Hints and tips:

If you are back carrying, you might want to leave the strap quite long and wear it underneath your carrier. you can tighten it up a little once your baby is secure on your back πŸ™‚

You don’t need to keep the rings in the corsage position if you don’t want to. You can let the bag dangle down if it’s more comfy for you, and the rings just make it easier and quicker to adjust the strap length πŸ˜‰

Natural Mamas

Many of you will already be familiar with the Natural Mamas forum….where like-minded peeps get together to chat about slings, babywearing and all manner of other things πŸ˜‰

Every now and then, they all get together to commission a Girasol wrap…… and the flap on this Onbag is made from the latest one πŸ™‚

Luckily, the colours on the Girasol wrap matched very nicely with my purple cord….

The view from the front...

The view from the front…

…..and I ordered a delicate, summery light turquoise cotton for the lining….

Another view from the front.

Another view from the front.

There was just enough wrap fabric left to squeeze in the front pocket too πŸ˜‰

This Onbag fastens with velcro.

This Onbag fastens with velcro.

 

Tying Tuesday – using rings with an Onbag classic or baby

I have been thinking about writing a feature post about different ways to tie your Onbag for a while, as it’s a question that always seems to pop up :LOL:Β  Onbags are a bit like wraps – you can tie them in so many different ways, depending on how you are carrying your child, whether it is a quick pop to the shops or an all-day hike πŸ˜‰

So when Ruth contacted me a few days ago about using Sling Rings with her Onbag Classic, I decided to grab the nettle and start a regular series of posts.

This is how to use Sling Rings with your ordinary Onbag Classic or Baby. (The Zippy has special loops that make the whole process a bit more streamlined – but it’s still out being tested, so you’ll have to wait for that :p)

1. Thread two sling rings onto the strap of your Onbag.

Thread on your rings.

Thread on your rings.

2. Now tie a knot in your strap, ao that they loops are held in position. You might find that you need to do a double knot if your fabric is a little slippy….otherwise, a single knot should be fine πŸ˜‰

Tie a knot in your strap

Tie a knot in your strap

3. Tuck away the remainder of the long strap into the body of your Onbag. that way, it won’t keep flapping around and annoy you :LOL:

Tuck away your strap.

Tuck away your strap.

4.Β  Now thread your other strap through the rings! Ta-dah πŸ™‚

Thread you other strap through the rings, and pop on your bag!

Thread you other strap through the rings, and pop on your bag!

I’d really like to know how you all get on with this – please let me know!

And any action pics would just be fantastic πŸ˜‰

Next Tying Tuesday will be another one with Sling rings – but this time using the Onbag loops πŸ˜‰ See you all then!

kathrins Firefly Onbag

Poor Kathrin has been so excited about this bag, and it seems to have taken me ages to finish- so thank-you kathrin for your patience πŸ™‚

This bag is a little special- on the outside it has glow-worms and leaves, which match beautifully with the dark green cord.

The Applique on the front is taken from the glow-worm fabric.

The Applique on the front is taken from the glow-worm fabric.

But if you open it up……the inside is full of fireflies!

Fireflies!

Fireflies!

And here is the final photo, of the Onbag Classic along with all 4 zones πŸ™‚

A brick zone, cube zone, flat zone and cube zone :)

A brick zone, cube zone, flat zone and cube zone πŸ™‚

 

Introducing……

The Onbag Zippy!!

‘Tis a very exciting day here at Daisy Chain Headquarters, as I have been working feverishly away at a new project for the past few weeks….

Lots of people have asked me recently for an Onbag that:

1. Is a little bit more structured.

2. Has lots of pockets on the outside so that they can get to their stuff whilst they are walking.

3. Hasn’t got a flap.

Now I’m not one to turn customers away if I can help it, and I like to be able to make people happy by customising their Onbags to make them just perfect ;o)Β  So, I set about designing the Onbag Zippy πŸ™‚

Now, I could waffle on all day about all the design features, but a picture speaks a thousand words, as they say πŸ˜‰

The Onbag zippy can be worn like a messenger bag...

The Onbag zippy can be worn like a messenger bag…

Or it can be worn like a back-pack....

Or it can be worn like a back-pack….

And here is one of the new, exciting details……

Wait for it…..

The Onbag Zippy has an extra loop on one of the straps which enables you to use it with sling rings too!!

I am Soooo excited about this feature, as no-one else has ever done this on a Babywearing bag before πŸ˜‰

Sling rings!

Sling rings!

In a day or two, I’ll have a blog post that is dedicated solely to the Sling ring loop – just because I am so ridiculously pleased with it :LOL:

A few weeks ago, I asked people about pockets. And it turns out that pockets are a Big Deal when you are carrying lots of stuff around. Most people were adamant that they wanted an outside pocket to carry a bottle of water in, and an inside pocket to carry a bottle if they were formula feeding πŸ˜‰

So , the zippy has LOTS and LOTS of pockets πŸ™‚

Outside:

There is a large, zippered pocket on the back...

There is a large, zippered pocket on the back…

And two small pockets on teh front, which fasten with velcro....

And two small pockets on the front, which fasten with velcro.

On one side is a waterproof, zippiered pocket to hold a water bottle ;)

On one side is a waterproof, zippered pocket to hold a water bottle πŸ˜‰

On the inside:

Three elasticated pockets to hold nappies or bottles...

Three elasticated pockets to hold nappies or bottles…

And a small zippered pocket to hold bits and pieces like keys ;)

And a small zippered pocket to hold bits and pieces like keys πŸ˜‰

And to close it all securely….

A Zip!

A Zip!

So what do you think? The Onbag zippy is going on it’s travels to be tested by a couple of lovely Mamas.

I would love to hear what you think about it too πŸ™‚

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

When my children were much younger, we used to love this book!

Connor especially liked to poke his fat, squidy little fingers through the holes in the pages and laugh πŸ™‚Β  So it was a real treat to make an Onbag with the very hungry caterpillar fabric – although looking at all the delicious food on the fabric did make my tummy rumble :LOL:

The inside of an Onbag Baby only has one pocket - and that is the zippered on at the back.

The inside of an Onbag Baby only has one pocket – and that is the zippered on at the back.

 

The pocket of the Onbag baby is usually rounded, so that it matches the shape of the bag :)

The pocket of the Onbag baby is usually rounded, so that it matches the shape of the bag πŸ™‚

And this is the whole set- an Onbag Baby, cube zone and brick zone :)

And this is the whole set- an Onbag Baby, cube zone and brick zone πŸ™‚

 

 

Dandelions!

I have recently become a little obsessed about seed heads – especially cow parsley and dandelion heads as anyone who follows me on Pinterest will have gathered :LOL: So it was a nice surprise when Penny chose Free sprirt’s Wrenly, Wildfield as her fabric πŸ™‚

I managed to find a nice embroidery to go with it, and have thoroughly enjoyed creating this dandelion Onbag!

Here are some pics!!

The dandelion embroidery matches the wild flowers in the fabric :)

The dandelion embroidery matches the wild flowers in the fabric πŸ™‚

Here is Penny's bag hanging on Hedgie the mannequinn.

Here is Penny’s bag hanging on Hedgie the mannequinn.

And the complete set, with a cube and brick zone.

And the complete set, with a cube and brick zone.

Meet my new sewing machine!

She ( or possibly he?) is new to me πŸ™‚ He/she is a Husqvarna machine, and I’ve never had one of those before….so it has taken me quite a while to get used to all the little differences :LOL:

But the really special thing about my new sewing machine is that it isn’t JUST a sewing machine….it does embroidery too, all by itself!

Well, maybe not completely by itself, as I have to program it, thread it, line everything up etc. But you know what I mean :LOL:

You may have already seen some of this new sewing machine’s work on the Rainbow swallow Onbag (which is about half way down this post) but I have managed a few others which I haven’t yet shown you πŸ˜‰

My son's favourite one.

My son’s favourite one.

And my daughter's favourite ;)

And my daughter’s favourite πŸ˜‰

To celebrate finally mastering the new embroidery machine, I have decided to have a little Giveaway!! Yay!!

I will be doing it through the Facebook page. So as not to break any facebook rules, I have used an app labelled “Enter Giveaway” which you can find at the top of my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Daisy-Chain-Creations/158538234164611

All that you need to do, is to suggest a name for this wonderful little sewing machine πŸ˜‰

The winner will get an embroidered zone, and can choose a few words of their own to be embroidered onto the reverse πŸ™‚

Little Red Riding Hood embroidery on a linen zone :)

Little Red Riding Hood embroidery on a linen zone πŸ™‚

The Giveaway will be drawn on Monday 6th May πŸ™‚

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