I’ve never really been a shoe person, to me they are functional and I just want them to be comfortable to work and play in but bags can lead me astray. They don’t have to be named brands. Its more the shape, style, size, occasion and colours that attract me. As my son’s have got older, I’ve noticed the size of bag I prefer gets smaller – thankfully, I’m no longer carrying toys or Gameboys around with me.
My sisters introduced me to Cath Kidston and her amazing range of fabrics, home wares and bags. Every time I’ve been home I’ve been allowed to explore her cute, shops in Brighton, Chichester, the Portsmouth outlet store and we even peeped into the window of the shop in Lymington late one Sunday afternoon. I love her colours, the use of polka dots and fun prints from flowers to cowboys. I’ve even been able to buy some her her fabric and have eked it out into hip bags.
This bag using her Monuments print (places in the UK) is one of my favourites.
This year I’ve been exploring new styles of bags upcycling clothing and linens into bags…
Denim – jeans and skirts, embellished with vintage lace, crochet flowers, pearls and rhinestones
Tea towels – they present a challenge because of the linear patterns. Even so they make great tote bags and they are a way of using souvenirs.
Upcycled girls dresses – this was a flounced dress. I made a bag to go inside and covered the bottom of that on the outside with some of the left over fabric. I used left over fabric in the handles and with the last bit from the back I made a “secret button pocket”! I made a simple drop pocket and lined the front of it with the last piece of back. In a similar bag there was just a little piece of fabric left which I was able to make into a coin purse.
Vintage linen – lined hip bag, lace strap – I just love the incredible applique
When I was home in the summer I saw some Central London fabric and I’ve made this into 2 styles of bags.
Larger hip bag…. which I discovered was big enough for a friends IPad and the lining is more London fabric.
My friend Jill suggested I thought about a different shape so I experimented with this “A line” shape.
And then I went home this summer and my sister showed me my niece’s Monica Boxley leather handbag. Soft Italian leather and a fabulous clip to open and shut it with a great “click” sound.
Large Marianne Bag, medium, small, the purse bag, and regular purses. She even makes jewelry. I must confess to treating myself to a lime green purse bag and at the same time I found a small Marianne bag on Ebay… Wow, I don’t know which one to use. Its fun to be spoilt for choice.