Wednesday, September 28, 2016

- In the bag

Retrospective (9/30)

Patch #272 Wannabe hippie


Original Post

I'm always looking for a better bag. In stores they're always too expensive, too big, too heavy, too small. Or they're the wrong color, wrong style, wrong material, wrong strap length.

And I've looked online for patterns, over and over. Same issues.

So I took an old cottony, India print bedspread and tore it into two strips. One 8.5" wide, the other 25" wide. Then I seamed the strips to form tubes and turned them right-side out, making a 4" wide strap and a 12" wide "body."  Crossed them, sewed them together to form a base. The strap tube formed the sides. The wider tube got turned in on itself to form pockets ...


Then I took some tucks at the top to give it some shape.

Half a day and done ...


I'm thinking the central motif looks an awful lot like a clock ... or an astrological wheel. Just in time for Jude's SunMoonStars. 

Now all I need is an indigo vat to dip it in ...  or not.

8 comments:

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

LOVE this bag...how i used to NEEEEEED to make myself a new one sometimes...
thinking about that, it seemed to FIX a lot of UN~ease, having a new bag
and i vote for it staying just as it is...no over dye....

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks ... I think you're right about the overdye. It was great to start and finish something in one day, too.

Susan McQuade said...

Great idea, Liz! I have yet to find the perfect purse (does it exist?!). I usually buy Vera Bradley cross body because of color/fabric, its light on my shoulder and neck. They are washable. I'd rather go without a purse, but, pockets only hold so much! Blessings!

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks Susan ... your presence here is a blessing

Mo Crow said...

Wow making a bag in one day! have never got one together in less than three weeks!

Liz Ackert said...

As I recall, you put together your Hearts for Charleston square in an amazingly short time! And while the bag may be "done," it is not yet embellished (although that won't keep me from using it in the meantime).

Vicky aka Stichr said...

Embroidery. That is what came to my mind as soon as I saw the print. Like Grace, I don't think a dye dip is necessary.

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks much ... I think you're both right. Always a good thing to be saved from yourself ...