Handbag Experiment

Remember a couple months ago, I started a clutch experiment? It was fun to try a couple different designs and fabrics. I’m happy I have the sizes figured out, so now I am ready to put a few more together.

I have also been experimenting with different handbag styles lately. I made one for my mom for mother’s day, and then another one for my insurance agent , the new and improved version having inside zipper pockets.

After seeing this handbag in a magazine,  I thought a patchwork version of my own handbag was in order. (You know how I feel about leather bags and designer bags – not too crazy about either one.)

I made one for spring and summer.

I really loved working with these decorator weight fabrics! They are so soft and saturated in colors. I really love how the pink piping looks in contrast to the teal patchwork.

I love the teal linen fabric I used for the backing.

I love the pink zippered pocket on the inside, which I am getting better at installing.

While I was at it, I made another version for fall and winter.

I used black suiting fabric for the backing, a black zipper and black piping, which blends in more than I wanted to, but I’m still happy with it. (For the next one, I need to pay closer attention to those contrasts on the front and the back.)

I used a piece of fabric from the Little Folks fabric collection for the lining, which was sooo soft and easy to sew with.

I am so thrilled with the patchwork on the front of these handbags! I loved working with some fabrics new to me for the backing – linen and suiting.

This handbag might be the inspiration for my next experiment.

I especially love how girly these handbags are. I get so excited trying out new things, from different patchwork to different shapes and sizes to different fabrics. Can’t wait to get going on the next experiment!

New Patchwork Bags for the Shop

I have been sewing more products lately to add to my shop.

I finished two more laptop bags similar to the one that I’m going to keep because I love it so much.

Patchwork Laptop BagIt has a zipper pocket on the inside so you can store your charger cord or other secret things you want to carry with you.

Laptop Bag-zippered pocketOne of these bags measures 14″ by 15.5″ wide, which will fit a laptop with a 13″ screen.

The other other laptop bag measures 13″ by 16″, which will fit a laptop with a 15″ screen.

15" laptop in bagBoth of these laptop bags are made from home decor-weight fabric, making them more sturdy to hold your computer.

I also made a couple of patchwork zippered bags from these same lovely fabrics.

Patchwork Pencil CaseThese zippered bags can be used to carry pens and pencils, art supplies, even makeup brushes. They measure about 5-inches tall by 11-inches wide.

Inside of Pencil Case

Stop by the shop to check things out! I will be adding more new products and gifts ideas for the upcoming holidays.