A friend’s bag inspiration

My friend Kerry has a lovely contemporary fold over bag.

It is something I have admired for some time but couldn’t justify buying as I really don’t need a new bag.

However my mind changed last week when we all went had into self isolation and I began to look for more things to do at home.

In my studio I was sorting through my small stock of floral fabric and found a piece of cotton/silk that was too small for a scarf or cushion but too valuable to discard.

Kerry’s fold over bag came to mind and so I accessed youtube for ‘how to’ patterns to make one.

Using two videos from Yoan Sewing Studio as well as a book I have by English bag maker, Debbie Shore, ‘Half Yard Bags and Purses, 2018, Search Press I proceeded to nut out the bag. I wanted a zipper closure at the top and decided to really test myself and added a zipper inside pocket as well as some extra pockets for a phone etc.

As well as my cotton/silk piece I used (from my plain coloured fabric stash) some red cotton fabric for the lining and some gorgeous boiled wool in black to sew onto the small piece of my cotton/silk fabric design.

It ended up taking me over a week, some days working on it for several hours and other days just an hour before dinner.

In the end I am happy with it and look forward to the day when I can wear it out.

View of bag with foldover top
Inside of bag with room for specs, phone etc
Zipper inside pocket

Published by sharongreenaway

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography), Latrobe University.

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