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

10 comments:

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

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

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  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!

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  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.

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

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

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

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  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

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  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!

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  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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