I made a few small bags last week, but this is my first ‘real’ bag since I returned home. I love the deep teal colour of this bag and the lovely texture of the leather. It is made from a remnant which was just enough–the exterior pocket and strap are lined with black leather from a pair of pants. The lining is a great green and white ticking, screen printed with ‘the bird with attitude’. It measures 13″x11″x3″ and the strap is 38″ long so fits nicely across the body, my favourite way to carry a bag. This is my second bag in this style–Carissa–named because she inspired the first of this series, the grape bag.
bags and purses
The first set of birdbrain bags are made from a small piece of turquoise canvas I have been saving. They are trimmed with recycled leather from a pair of leather pants.
The second set of pouches are made from Catalan fabric which I bought in Collioure on the Mediterranean. They are called sunshine fabrics! Each pouch has a small suede pocket inside to match the zipper colour and the one is trimmed in buttery orange leather. I have enough catalan to make three more pouches in varying sizes. It has a lovely durable weight and does not need lining. All of these pouches are suitable for carrying your small treasures.
Thank you for your response to my post selling the pouches. They are all gone!
Tomorrow I leave for two weeks in the south of France. I hope to post from there, so please do check once and a while. In the meantime here are a couple of things I have made for the trip.
< A while ago I got some wool felt from Germany. It is thick and durable and very nice to handle--not to mention that it is red! I made a case for my ipad, camera and ipod. They should be great for travelling!
I also needed a new wallet to take on my holiday. I had a piece of rejected leather with the cattle brand on it. Since it was 313, the luckiest of numbers for me, I decided to incorporate it into a wallet. I had to attach a heart to cover a hole from the brand. The first photo is truer to the colour.
I am travelling to France later this month and I needed a new carry-on. I made this one from upholstery ends and a black leather jacket. I tried to incorporate all the features that I like in a bag so I have a shoulder strap as well as padded handles. Pockets on the exterior and interior. Not sure if I have the right shape or size, but the trip will be the test.
I find if I paint what I am making, as limited as my skills are, it helps me to understand what I am doing. I am not working from a pattern or a prototype, but just a general sense of what the piece should look like and what the leather seems to dictate. The top is my new carry-on bag, quite a big one. I combined leather remnants and a black pebbly jacket. The bottom two, espresso and grape, as I have photographed before.
I started making hooked bags with purchased leather straps and gradually began adding leather to make them lighter and more interesting. Then I began making my own straps. On the right is a selection of my hooked bags.
I still love the texture and variation of the hooked bag, but have also become smitten with leather. These two bags are made from upholstery remnants and leather jackets.
The linings are as enjoyable to make as the bags. I often use silk screened cotton canvas, but inside the expresso bag is wonderful Waverly fabric.
I have been asked how you go about purchasing one of these bags or the canvas bags which I wrote about earlier. If you are interested, please leave a comment with your email.
This is the second all-leather bag. It is made from a remnant and I had just enough. The leather is pebbly, like a basketball. I lined the flap with a piece of the bubblegum pink skirt that I have been saving. I love those two colours together.
Inside I used some great ‘bird’ fabric.
I have been using the red bag that is the same size as this one–the one I posted about a few days ago. I am finding the size to be perfect and am enjoying not being laden down with too much stuff.
Yesterday I was in Toronto for the day to get supplies. I visited my favourite places for leather remnants and came home with the pile see here. Most of the pieces are remainders from upholstering, except for the pink in the middle, which was an indulgence. Not sure what I have in mind for it, but the shot of colour is oh so welcome.
I finished my first all-leather handbag on the weekend. It is made from two different remnant pieces and the shoulder strap is a rather classy snakeskin belt. All in all, it came together well. It is the perfect size I have been looking for–big enough to hold phone, money and notebook, yet comfortably portable. I’m now working on an orange one and also eyeing the midnight blue for a third. The interior flap of this one is a red suede skirt. I have enough bubblegum pink to line the orange one, and some beautiful turquoise to set off the blue. Now to get down to it!
On the hooking front, I am almost finished the centre of Fireworks–will post this week. Thinking of the border.