When I came up with the Phoebe Bag, my intention was to create a simple, easy to construct bag, that was slightly more interesting than a square tote. I wanted a blank canvas. Something that I could use to exercise my creativity. I envisioned translating photographs into handbags, embellishing, appliqueing, whatever. Well, that was months ago and not much has happened.
So, I sketched out a bag and started playing with ideas on paper. When I do this sort of thing, I always end up with flowers, or some variation. It finally hit me that what I had come up with was my anthropologie inspired pillows on a purse. Hmm, why not? I still had a bunch of heat-n-bond lite fused fabrics, so that's what I went with. I cut out a bunch of leaf shapes and layered them around. I think it turned out pretty cute.
Because my exterior fabric was upholstery weight and had added quilting, I decided that a lightweight fabric for the interior would be okay. A fun little surprise? I love how well the lining coordinated with the different fabrics on the front and the lines of the quilting mimics the dark semi-circular lines on the lining.
This whole project was fun for me. It wasn't too time consuming and was just what I was looking for, creativity-wise. This bag is much too small for my use, so in the shop it'll go. Speaking of which, I have a big update planned soon (well, big for me). I cleaned out my bag stash and I'm listing most of the bags I've made over the past year or so that have been tests for designs/patterns. Some are gently used (I never use a bag for long), but all are in good shape. If I did use it, it has been washed and ironed, and the price will reflect that. I'll let you know once I get it all in place.
Knitting, quilting, home dec projects, no matter what tangent I veer off on, I always return to bags!