After three long weeks perfecting my new bag design I have managed to finish four! These two are tagged, bagged and ready to be sold. (The other two were sold as soon as they were finished!) As well as making some more of these I am also in the process of designing and making some small recycled denim shoulder bags. Hopefully I will have a couple completed next week, ready for a preview here.
These bags are made with recycled fabric. There is a zip, with hand sewn charm, and button closure at the top. A double slip pocket inside, and a large slip pocket along the front. The handles are long enough to be comfortable over the shoulder. The base is made using plastic milk bottles, (tutorial available here).
Front view with button closure and my new labels
Zip opening with ribbon and hand sewn charm, made with the same fabric.
Two slip ockets inside trimmed with lace.
lace trim on the outside pocket, with tiny recycle emblem charm
Front pocket the whole width of the bag.
Using my diy quilted fabric (tutorial here) has made them nice and sturdy, I love fabric bags that can stand up on their own. And they can be put through the washing machine if they get a little grubby. I hope you like them.
So this is what I needed my quilted fabric for (Please see my DIY quilted fabric tutorial). It took ages for me to get the shape of the bag I invisaged and with the DIY quilted fabric, it gave me the substance for the bag I wanted for the design, and to be thick and strong, like a proper handbag.
This bag is made from 2 recycled bed sheets and 2 plastic milk bottles. These I used for the bag base. (Tutorial to follow tomorrow for the bag base). Alot cheaper than buying ready made bases and, I think, perform the same way but for free!!
My design has an inside pocket, another pocket along the front, a zipper closure, with an added button closure at the top. The handles are long enough to either hold or sling over the shoulder. This is my prototype. Future ones will be for sale at my Etsy shop.
Now I have the design I can add patchwork, applique and red work. Can’t wait to make my next one!