Monday, April 20, 2015

A tote purse for Liz

I've had this idea to make a tote purse for Liz for a long time - something a little bigger to use as a purse that you could throw a book in, on your way out the door.  But not so big that you end up lugging everything around and hate carrying such a heavy bag.  Just right - but on the big side. 


Here it is!

The sides are made from an old pair of kids jeans - and include the back pockets.  The outside is patchwork - done with a quilt as you go method.  Then a couple of 1/2 square triangles cut down to diamonds appliqued on both the front and back add a little something something.

I wanted to include one sneaky little dragon on this for some reason.  I think I want to add something whimsical to everything - but in this case I didn't want it to look like it was for a child... so I suppressed the urge to inclue pom pom trim.  

But I did include a Laverne and Shirley style "L" on one side.  Liz mentioned a long time ago that she liked that "L" and somehow it stuck with me.  Funny the things I remember.  The straps are added with little loops of fabric and metal hardware, so they'll lie down flat.  First time I've used this method to add straps.  

I hope she likes it!!!  Happy Birthday Liz! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

The reversible sling bag that wasn't....

I began with good intentions...!  Thought I'd try this reversible sling bag patttern from Sugar Bee Crafts.  I like her sample bag a lot, and thought it'd be fun to make one. 

What it isn't.
But then after I was 1/2 way done, I didn't like how thick the straps were on mine.  I used two layers of bull denim and a layer of quilt batting.  Too much.  So, I cut it down into a rectangular purse, and attached a narrower strap separately.

I also added an outer pocket - just sewn right into the bottom seam of the bag.  And a zippered pocket inside the purse.  And a magnetic closure.  So it's not reversible anymore.  And it's not a sling bag.

Following instructions really isn't my strong suit!  But I ended up with a fun new purse.  And it works for me.  I need the pockets.  Need them.   

What it is.
My reversible sling bag that is not reversible and not a sling bag boasts hot pink pom pom trim and the most amazing gold fabric ever.  I used up some flannel for the inside, and a little peek of Melody Miller Ruby Star for the slash pocket.