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!
Love it! Great combination of fabrics. We'll done.
Gordon bleeding Bennett, you are definitely short of bags. You really had no choice had you? Still, it looks really good. You should do something about this obsession with bags. I wonder where you get it from.
So pleased it won't get a scuffed bottom. Love it! Juliex
It is lovely, I really like the shape and size of thise one.
Awesome!! Looks amazing and I really love the use of laminate on the bottom. It's just so much more practical. I think one of the main reasons I don't sew my own bags is exactly that – I know how much use they will get and I hate to put fabric down on the ground under a table, etc. Happy pattern writing!
The bag looks awesome, but wow, how had I not heard of remnant kings before? I moved to Glasgow at the beginning of the year, and have been looking for local stores stocking fabrics, particularly quilting suitable fabric. Any other suggestions?
Hi Kim, unfortunately you're a no reply blogger, but if you drop me an e-mail I'll point you in a few directions :o)
LOVE IT! I think you nailed the contrasting bum of the bag beautifully! Its a show stopper.
Lovely use of a Sunday, and I agree–a weekend bag would be great!
I can't believe you just 'drew it up! This bag is just a delight.
I love this bag. Love. I might have mentioned that before. *g* I also love the nonchalant way you just draw up a pattern and then make it! Clever girl.
This is the sort of bag that if you were using it you'd know you looked cool! I love the red innards and bottom in contrast to the frenchy grey.
Love the bag and the colour and every thing about it.
Great bag – but my favorite is that you just *needed a new one* and look what you came up with! True talent you have there!!
Don't we always *need* a new bag?
So….how is it sewing with a laminate…never done it before….haven't really seen it in the stores either. Guess I don't look in the right places!:)
Wow what a fabulous bag, you are so clever Katy! I saw that roll of oilcloth in the back of your car and thought it looked rather yummy. Thanks so much for the lift and it was great to have some time to hang out and chat to you on Saturday!
I love it!
That's a fun bag! I love the pink with the grey! 🙂
Wow! Your on-the-fly sewing is pretty darn impressive. I like the pink! The gold hardware is a nice touch too.
What a fab combination! Love it
Oh my goodness!!! You are slaying me with these bags! Just gorgeous!
And, I too, appreciate not having my bottom scuffed. Just sayin'.
I have no idea how that would ever be applicable to you 🙂 Lol!
Wow! It is crazy beautiful! I love it!
Wow! If I didn't know better, I'd think you picked this bag up in a shop
I love your fabric choices, but can I ask why you worked with laminate? I have worked with it once and would find it impossible to make a bag out of it, so kudos to you, that is so amazing.