Added Feb 22, 2011
I have been looking for a pattern that would complement the mega-size flower scroll motif and be able to accommodate some 70’s bamboo handles I scored from a vintage crochet bag (the bag was dirty and damaged beyond repair but I loved the handles). I modified the Estelle Bag pattern to suit the motif. There are a lot of great project photos of the Estelle bag, but I especially liked the one by valesparza that had circular handles attached by tabs and looser pleats.
I had to do some extra sewing to keep the handles from slipping around, so I decided to embellish. I used a running stitch with some mustard coloured embroidery thread from my stash close to the handles and the bag edge. Then I embroidered french knots on every other dot on the pattern in between. My embroidery is a little wonky, but it’s only noticeable up close, not when it’s swinging from my arm (handles like this MAKE you swing your arms when you walk…or there’s the hooked-over-the-crook-of-the-elbow ’I’m so posh’ stance… hehehe).
Fabric from http://www.kelanifabric.com.au/
Re-used handles from an old bag
Cotton embroidery thread
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