Hello there! Happy 2016 to you! It’s already three months into the new year and time is just zooming. I had my sweet somethings in February and some green beer last week, so now I’m ready to share with you what I’ve been working on.
Last time we touched base I was gearing up for a little event called Burning Man. I had such an amazing time out there in Black Rock City and I did indeed end up giving away the two light jackets I made in my last post to two wonderful burners (you know who you are! <3). Since getting back from the desert, which was in September, I’ve felt like I’ve been in a bit of a slump.
Unhappiness with my current job and an unwillingness to fully make up my mind about whether to continue school has kept me in a constant state of angst, exasperation and uncertainty. I continue to tell myself that crafting is what I enjoy the most yet, I find myself dwindling from my sewing machine.
In an attempt to steer myself back to my love for all things crafty, I decided that what I really needed in my life was… sweet handbags! (>*o*)>
Yes! Months ago I found this fabulous handbag pattern at Michael Levine. I took it home and put it with my other patterns only to forget about it. Well, later I decided that I wanted to start designing my own fabric. So I took a wicked drawing of a pirate my brother drew and manipulated it in Adobe Photoshop to make a fabric design. After I was happy with the design, I had this company called Spoonflower print and ship my fabric to me. I loved it so much I knew I had to make my first handbag out of it.
I named the fabric Pirate on the High Seas and as seen above, I chose to go with a salmon color. I knew my friend Danielle would absolute love the fabric too, so I gave her the bag for her birthday. The bag was such a hit that her grandmother requested I make one for her in a leopard print. I obliged and this is the end result of that fly LEOPARD BABYYY! 😀
For these handbags I used pattern #M6532 by McCall’s. Each bag called for two zippers; one for the top opening and a convenient zipper pocket in the front. For the lining, bottom, inside pockets and handles of each bag, I used a black duck canvas I got for $8 a yard. The custom fabric I used on the first bag was printed on Kona cotton for $15 a yard. The leopard cotton fabric was purchased for $10.75 a yard and I used fusible interfacing that cost $2.50 a yard. All fabric, besides the Kona cotton, I bought from Michael Levine in downtown LA.
Now this leopard bag is ready to be gifted! I was really excited about how the bags turned out and I will continue to make these in custom fabrics and assorted colors. If you don’t have the time to make a bag but would like your own Warp Candy Bag <3, check out my online store. Link on my About page. I’ll be listing bags up there as soon as they are complete, so feel free to browse. Thanks for staying with me MachineLovers. Catch you later!