Added Mar 13, 2012
Like my other project, Amy’s Bag, this Western Bag began with The Metropolitan IJ758. I’m a cowgirl at heart, with a great collection of barkcloth, so I thought it would be fun to make this Western piece into a fun, kitschy handbag.
I made a few changes to the pattern, and changed the construction. The top band and purse body are combined into a single piece. When the pleats are sewn, it forms a “paper bag” style shape with a flared top.I widened and lengthened the handles. I attached them at wider points than the original pattern shows. They are sewn on to the bag at 2 points each, creating “belt loops” for my old Western belt. The handles and top edge binding are made from a faux tooled leather.
Instead of the flat bottom and wide corners of the original style, I boxed the corners to create a 2 inch reinforced bottom.
The purse is lined with chamois colored denim. I accented the top inside with bands of orange cotton (besides bringing out the orange in the print, it’s an ode to the color of the year!) I included zippered pocket and a divided patch pocket (I love pockets in my purses!). The purse closes with a magnetic snap.
Vintage barkcloth, denim, faux leather
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