Yesterday afternoon I finished my ‘project’, much to my excitement. I’d been working on it on-and-off for the last fortnight, and I decided to finish it off on a rainy Saturday (I love rainy Saturdays for that reason – craft!)
I wanted a small bag for those occasions where I don’t actually need a book, but need to take little bits and pieces with me. Because most of the time I do need a book my bags are really all too big for phones and such. Today I took it to Church and found I could fit my clutch bag and the entire series of ‘Little Women’ in one volume, so while it is small enough to look natural without a book it will squeeze a book in as well, making it a very practical bag!
Because I couldn’t find any patterns I liked online or in our books, I pinned strips of paper together to understand the size and structure. Then, I made it out of leftover denim from a pair of jeans, and the ‘make life’ fabric was fabric I had, just waiting for the perfect project to use it with!
The handle is an unwanted belt of Mum’s. Actually it’s my favourite part of the bag. I wanted to incorporate the buckle into the handbag, so after much thought I learnt how to add an eyelet to the side of the bag, so the buckle works just like it does on a belt. At the moment the other side of the belt is held on by a nappy safety pin, but I plan to replace it with maybe a button. I thought about adding a zip across the top but instead learnt how to add snap fasteners, which although was quite tricky was worth the effort.
All in all, I’m really, really happy with it!