Added Aug 4, 2011
My sis-in-law Grace’s birthday is coming up and I remember that she mentioned that she liked a certain kind of bag. She’s a sewer like myself and appreciates hand-made gifts. Thus, a bag idea formed first in my mind, then I looked at my bag patterns and found one,V8741 that I would like to try to make. Next, I searched my fabric stash and found some beautiful golden velvety upholstery remnants that I had purchased some time back. It would make a beautiful bag. Next, I wanted the lining to be outstanding as well as matching the bag. After scrounging around my stash, I found this geometric pattern fabric in satin and later found some bridal satin in gold and also for the handles, I used this faux snake skin fabric. By now, I was all excited – I’m usually that way when I’m all worked up about a new project. One free afternoon, I cut out all the required fabric – in too much of a hurry, because I found out later that I had overlooked the nap of the velvet fabric! AHHHHHH! Fortunately, I had more fabric to make up for the mistake. Then it was sewing, sewing and more sewing. That was the fun part. I had run out of my personal labels, so I quickly made some with a marble stamp with my name carved in Chinese. I stamped using the stamping gowey ink provided – hopefully it’ll stay. The bag turned out quite nice, it was a little too big for my taste but my SIL likes big bags. The pattern does not call for a clasp but the opening was too big – so I searched my stash and found this paua shell that I had purchased in Australia a few years back. I enlisted the help of my daughter to make a friendship bracelet using floss in the colors of the bag lining. I used that as the “hook” and the shell as the button/toggle. Well, now to see if she likes it……
Upholstery material, bridal satin, printed satin, faux snake skin fabric, zipper, shell and floss for friendship bracelet.
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