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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Preppy, Casual, Mod
Shoestring on craftsy.com

What was your source for this sewing project? Improvisational

Shoestring on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Upholstery Fabric in striking autumn colors of burnt orange, gold, and black. Black Kona Cotton for interior, Magnetic Snap Closure.

Shoestring on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? There's lots to be said about buying expensive fabric . . . first, it's intimidating, whether to design a complex handbag or a simple one. Second, the pressure is on to make sure no mistakes are made and that this $$ hunk of fabric isn't going to end up being a waste paper can liner. Holy Moley. I make 5 dozen purses a year with many different kinds of fabric, yet this fabric has me frozen stiff like a bag of outdated frozen peas! In the end, I made a simple bag and let the fabric pattern and colors strut their stuff. A small piece left over fabric I sewed a mini pouch for my sunglasses, (I'm getting a lot of good use from the mini sunglasses pouch). I have another big chunk of this fabric leftover and remain in great fear of not using it wisely.

Shoestring on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Lesson Learned: buying uber expensive fabric was fabulous for about one hour. I felt nervous driving home from the fabric store. Usually I'm bang on ready for fun after fabric shopping, but this fabric was expensive and now it was upsetting me. Back at my studio, I looked at the fabric for weeks--back and forth, back and forth, and couldn't make a decision what kind of purse to design. It did me in; I surrendered and made a simple bucket bag. Lesson learned: I'm more productive and creative when using fabric that is modest in price.

Shoestring on craftsy.com

Know just what you mean about being nervous with expensive fabric. Simplicity has a beauty of it's own, and on occasion that's definitely the way to go. This bag is lovely! You'll be more courageous with the second piece of the fabric. I had a similar same experience years ago with a gorgeous piece of shimmery silk. I held onto it for two or three years, and in the end, like you, I made something with a simple design.

10/31/2013 Flag

Hey there 2strings. Thanks for your kinds words. In the end, I think I'll stick with moderately priced fabrics. Have you ever just thrown a project into the trash can? I have. It's okay. I went on to something different and quite successful afterwards. I don't look back.

10/31/2013 Flag

This bag is really gorgeous! I know exactly what you mean about expensive fabric!! I also have some antique lace of my grandmother's I'm afraid to use in case I waste it. Do you have any ideas how I might use it?

11/01/2013 Flag