A while ago my mum asked me to make her a handbag like the one I had made for myself. Today, I dusted off my sewing machine and set to work.
I designed this particular bag for myself about two years ago. I wanted something with plenty of space for my stuff, yet compact enough that nothing rattled around and got lost. I achieved this by making the top band of the bag very tall and adding a small pleated section to the bottom to add extra space. I also included two interior pockets to prevent small things getting lost.
Mum wanted a bag just the same, and luckily I had enough of both the outer fabric and the lining to oblige. I used a sturdy upholstery fabric recovered from a sofa cover and lined it with fair trade, organic cotton. It took me around two hours to make the bag from start to finish. Unusually for me, I completed the entire project without having to unpick a single stitch. That’s what you get for paying attention to what you’re doing the first time around!
You’ll have to excuse the photography, it’s a very gloomy day today so I had to use the flash and the colours wouldn’t come out quite right.