Yesterday we celebrated my friend Deborah's birthday at the superb Peter Lowell's restaurant in Sebastopol. Deborah is my artist friend who makes these beautiful handcrafted cards using vintage illustrations. Last fall we worked a lot together including a craft show at a Waldorf School in Sonoma County. She is such an amazing woman who seems to know everyone and is fabulous enough that she often bring bubbly to our twice monthly craft parties. What's not to love?
I wanted to make her a present rather than buy one even though Dave is gone and my schedule was tight.I usually make this kind of handbag but I just didn't feel that I had the right material for the outer layer. I also wanted to try something a little easier.
I have to share with you how much I loved making this bag. Oh it was of course stressful since I only started it at 7pm the night before the breakfast party. But for me to complete a bag the night before was something to be excited about. I love Alicia's instructions. They are so easy to follow and the way she writes makes it very clear on what step to do next. She doesn't leave you guessing.
The red & white wool fabric is another swap from my friend Jacki on Bainbridge Island, the cream wool is from a vintage felted blanket, the red ovals is a scrap from a wool sweater, the buttons are all vintage, the blue felt to secure the handles is from my fabric collection and the bamboo handles were originally attached to an ugly worn purse from a garage sale (.50 cents).
Alicia mentioned gathering the sweater material with the lining because she uses an actual sweater bottom edge for the top part of the bag. I tried to gather the wool but in the end was left with a lone single gather in the front and one in the back. Hopefully it adds character rather than looking like a strange flaw.
I wasn't sure how to attach the handles as Alicia suggested a different kind of handle in the pattern. I googled "attach bamboo handles to handbag" and clicked on images. A number of handbags popped up using a similar handle. I knew what to do. I love the information at my fingertips especially at 10:30 at night.
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