Friday, October 29, 2010

Finish for Friday

This week I have been playing around making myself some bags. These are not for my big order. I am just trying to teach myself new ways to construct things. 

I hate to use patterns. My mind just does not work like other people's minds, I guess, so I have to work things out in my own head and make them that way.

 This purse/bag took me about 5 or 6 hours. I would have been faster, but I started with no concrete idea and kept changing my mind about how I wanted it to look. I definitely learned a lot and the next one I make like this will be much nicer. However, I am happy enough with this one that I will carry it.
I think I might add a vintage jeweled pin or a scrappy gold fabric flower to the yoke.
Used a magnetic clasp and lined it using the same fabrics from the outside of the bag, but reversed their positions
Shirred the sides and bottom
The gray fabric is a $2/yd one from Walmart and the flowered velvet is a skirt from Goodwill. Stupid skinny size 4 people. Their clothes just do NOT have enough fabric.
My other sewing finish this week is something for my friend's grandfather. The arms of his couch are worn through, although the rest of it is in pretty good shape. We found a couple coordinating fabrics and made reversible arm covers for him. Well, actually my friend found the fabric and I made the covers. I told her she could tell him that she made them and take the credit but she said she doesn't want anyone thinking she can do stuff like that. I can definitely see her point.

I am pretty happy with how they turned out and they really weren't hard at all. 
Now, don't go telling anyone that I know how to make these. I'll deny it!

I am linking up to Lit and Laundry's Finish For Friday. Check it out!


  1. I am convinced you and I are twins...I cant follow patterns either. I can stare at them and read them 20 times and I still dont get it. So I end up doing what you do.

    Love your bag - it turned out great! Great finishes for this week.

    I've decided to see if I can get over my bag phobia this weekend...if you hear swearing it's probably me.

  2. Love you bag. But what I really love is where you got those fabrics! You're a woman after my own heart.


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