Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Getting Antsy .. and an old project

It's been nearly a month since I finished my last bag.  And I'm itching to start my next.  Halloween costumes, a crazy-hectic couple of weeks at work and sickness in our house has kept me busy.  <Cough> <Sneeze> <Cough>

I am starting to plan my next bag which I'm just sketching and planning out now.  In the meantime I thought I would share a bag I made a few months ago. 

I like to browse around online bag stores for inspiration and ideas.  A particular type of bag caught my eye.  I've been liking the foldover/convertible style recently. This isn't exactly what I saw previously but very similiar

Inspiration bag

After staring at the picture for a while, trying to figure out how to make something like it, I decided to give it a try.  Here's what I came up with:


At the time I was pretty proud of myself! 

Now I see quite a few flaws - I sized it wrong,it's too small and the handles could be vastly improved. 

Oh those handles!   I spent a lot of time trying to figure how to get the rounded handles.  There is nylon rope inside a fabric tube, but the tube is slightly too big.  There were many attempts at these handles and quite a bit of fabric was chucked out as a result.  The end result is not perfect but was a good experiment. 

It was also meant to be a gift to a visiting family member from overseas, but wasn't finished in time.  My intention was to mail it but due to the size, I didn't think it was usable, so I'll have to make a replacement at some point.
And after I made this I found a tutorial for something similiar at Craftster!
While I don't think this is anywhere good enough to be considered a knock off, I think I'm going to upload to the Knock it Off November Event pool.. just a fun event!
Elegance & Elephants


  1. Excellent first attempt. Keep at it you have talent.

  2. This is so well made! And I love the colour!

  3. I love your bag, I love the shape and I also like the color you chose to do it. Besides being really original. I can imagine all the work that has given you to make the handles, but they look nice, and give a beautiful touch to the bag. Because of you I discovered two sites, both very interesting. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Thanks ladies for your kind comments! Hopefully my post isn't misleading - the mustard one is the store bought one I tried to imitate, I made the grey one.

  5. The grey one looks great, not the same but still great. I would be happy to be given it! ;)

  6. Great bag! You have such great skills. Thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday.

  7. I can't believe you made that! I like your better than the original! Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.

  8. I think your version looks great! I could never do something like that!!

    Thanks for partying with us at Keep Calm & Link Up last week! Our party is starting a tad later this Thursday evening at 9 PM EST! Come join us when you get a chance sometime this weekend...can't wait to see what you've been working on!
    xo, Meredith @ www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

  9. I think it turned out wonderfully! We are always the first to criticize our own work, but yours is very nice! You can mail it to me if you like! LOL!

  10. I think your bag looks great!!! I think it's easy to be critical of our own work, but then again, that's how we improve. Well done on making your bag without a pattern.


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