I KonMari-ed my fabric stash recently and unearthed the most beautiful linen fabric I bought a long long time ago. I honestly cannot believe this beautiful piece of floral linen has been sitting there all this while, waiting to be transformed into something lovely. Naturally, I decided to make myself a bag to co-ordinate an accidental hoard of nautical collection in my wardrobe this season (blame those Breton tops that you can find everywhere!). I don't usually carry a lot of things so I was thinking along the lines of a small-ish bag that can fit my phone, keys and wallet. Ok, maybe a room for one Dairy Milk too. And an iPad.
In this day of mass produced consumer goods, I find bespoke bags a very welcome change to save myself bumping into someone else with the same bag. It's the one situation I always like to avoid because I love being different, to be able to stand out from the crowd. And the thing is, there are a lot of bags that I like in the shops but there are also million others out there liking the exact same, readily, available items. So it's always a good excuse to work on a personal project especially when presented with a chance to work with a material as beautiful as this.
I have a perfect pattern for the bag already but I thought I'd tweak it a tiny bit for a more professional finish to combine the linen with a leatherette material I have in stock. It took a while but when it was all finished, I was very pleased with the way it turned out.
The finished bag measures approximately 7 inches tall, 12 inches wide and 4 inches deep.
The red leatherette compliments the flowers on the fabric.
The carry handles adds to the versatility of the design so it can be carried in the crook of my arms (always handy when you want to show off your new bracelets - hah!)
I always love bags with zip tops for that added security. Nobody is taking my Dairy Milk away from me!!!
All the pieces of the bag were handmade, including the handles, the strap and the piping around the bag.
And a detachable shoulder strap so I can take it off when it's not needed.
Think the combination will end up something like this. But Houston, we have a problem - I've got no shoes to match this whole outfit combination. Guess what i'll be doing tomorrow?! Have a lovely weekend ahead everyone.