Last Saturday I seemed to spend my time running all over town around fabric shops and craft shows. To be fair, a lot of it was my own fault – I’d gone to the craft show in the morning, and come home about 2 pm for lunch, but then having eaten lunch I suddenly decided that the one and only thing I could possibly do on Sunday was to make a new handbag to take on a business trip to London. As you do. So I headed over to the Remnant Kings home decor shop at Clyde Place and picked out some laminate fabric that would be up to the job.
Now I should point out that I hadn’t run out of laminate at home, I just didn’t have any bits that matched each other, so I packed a few scraps to take with me to match. That was the point at which I found some more appropriate (and grown up) matching fabrics and just had to have that instead…
I loved the French label print, but couldn’t find another grey that really matched tonally, so I decided to go completely off the wall with the pinky-red solid instead. Fabric in hand, I headed home and drew up the pattern pieces, and on Sunday I pulled it all together.
The finished bag is 12″ w x 9″ h x 5″ d, with a detachable, adjustable strap, and shorter handles.
I fussy cut both sides as best I could to get a different label each side.
And gave it a zipped inside pocket using a lining fabric I picked up when I was staying with Susan last year.
I also popped some feet on it to stop its bottom getting scuffed.
At some point I’m going to make a bigger, weekend bag sized version of this, and write up a pattern, just don’t hold me to a date please!