Friday, 15 February 2013

Finally Finished Friday - Colour Blocked Handbag

Finally I have another bag to show you..

Exterior is various faux leathers/vinyl

My favourite feature is the band that goes along the gusset and bottom

My least favourite part is the back, where I had a few problems with the zipper pocket.  My zipper foot did not work well with the faux leather. (I had been using my walking foot most of the time)

Let's not look at that too long!

Inside has a zipper pocket on one side and a divided patch pocket that ran the whole length of the bag.

I love the argyle lining..

And between the lining and exterior I used... Shelf liner..

Yup shelf liner.. It's a thin foam and when I saw it at the store I thought I would experiment with it.  The back is is smooth so I glue that that side to the faux leather.  I think it worked ok.. The bag has some structure and stands up by itself. 

Another first for me was the piping. Wasn't as scary as I thought! I made the strips but didn't cut the fabric on the bias.. I imagined there would be quite a bit of waste and was just feeling lazy.. I think it worked out ok, but I've never done it before so not sure how much a difference cutting on the bias would make.   

 I still haven't decided how long I want the strap.. I can easily remove links in the chain so I'll see how I end up wearing it.

This is my sketch (The bag is for an online class, we need to submit sketches and patterns as well as photo's of the final bag)

Overall, I'm pretty happy that it turned out as I wanted.. expect for the darn back zipper pocket..

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  1. It's fabulous!! Well done Nissa :)

  2. That turned out great, the inside is my favourite part! I have a small purse that is my all time go to purse, but it's wearing out. When I look at your blog, I almost think that I can make another one just like it.

  3. I love this purse. Fantastic Job. I love that band detail too and your piping is fab! I had no idea about the shelf liner, what a neat idea!

  4. Wow I am so impressed that you've made a bag faux leather. I wouldn't dare attempt anything but fabric. I think it looks wonderful and I love your experimentation with the shelf liner. Thanks for sharing.
    Ali x

  5. Brilliant Nissa. You did a great job and I too love how you did your strap going under the gusset. I may have to pinch that idea from you.

  6. looks great! following now from the weekly creative at sewing barefoot! Can't wait to see what else you come up with

  7. Cute bag! I love the fabric you used on the inside. Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!


  8. Your bag is beautiful, the colors are magnificent. I have worked with faux leathers / vinyl a few times, and I found it hard to do it, I congratulate you for the work you've done with this bag. Thanks for the tip on the Shelf liner, is something that I will try to use. You did a nice job Nisa!
    Marisa from

  9. looks great! i'd love this as just a clutch, too, with that envelope closure. great job!

  10. It's fab! The back pocket won't be seen much anyway - that's the part that will sit against your body...I like the overall design and the rest looks incredibly professional.
    I guess if your faux leather/real leather has a bit of stretch, then you'd get away without it being cut on the bias because bias cutting is all about creating stretch and it works really well for woven fabrics - probably unnecessary for what you were using.
    Well done!

  11. Why do we all focus on the little bits that don't go so well? The rest of your bag is amazing and you should celebrate this - not the one small bit that happened to go a bit wrong! I really like the chain handle - it makes a nice change. :) Hope you have a good week. :)

  12. If your fabric stretches on the vertical/horizontal plane, no problem. If it doesn't, try stretching it on the diagonal. That will tell you if you need to cut on the bias. Bias is to give the piping the stretch needed for curves and corners. Creates less bunch at the corners.

  13. Gorgeous - I love the lining! Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Creative!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  14. WOW! Nissa that's brilliant - I love the band running round the sides & gusset. Well done - it's really lovely :-) Simmi x

  15. you did great nissa . Love the leather material, its color and the band around the piece.

  16. Love the color, and the size of this bag. Got several compliments on this one. The size of this bag is perfect for everyday use. Of course it is the one I was looking for.
    Chanel Handbags


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