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It’s like the tree has given us a gift of purse! But really I just forgot to take a picture of my finished project as usual so I tossed it up there on a whim. I probably should have at least picked a limb low enough to get the details on the bag!

I made this for my SIL. She had seen the one I made for myself ages ago and asked for one. She provided the pants, yes, pants, I did the rest.

This is a purse made from a pair of cords. She provided a black pair and I dug through my stash and found a fun butterfly patterned piece big enough for the lining. I lined the inside of the handles with the same material and decided at the last minute to make a belt for it as well. The waist size of the pants determines the size of the bag so this wasn’t a large one, about a 6 maybe. I didn’t put any interior pockets but could have as there ended up being more room than I anticipated. It is meant to be a forearm bag only because of the short handles.

I handed it off to many thank you’s, great job’s and wow you should make these for money! but honestly I prefer blankets.

And now I need to get back to the blanket I have been procrastinating over because as usual I am running short on time!

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I made this cute little tote bag “on the fly”. I didn’t have a pattern but I had just made myself an Osoberry bag so I had a premise to follow. I believe I wrote down all the lengths of my fabric cuts somewhere but do you think I could find them now that I’ve finally gotten around to posting this? No. I’m sure they will surface as soon as I press the publish button.

I used the same main fabric on the inside and outside. So it essentially looks the same inside and out which makes it tote-ally reversible! Not that it wouldn’t be reversible with differing fabrics I just really like these stripes!

Also, my main fabric used to be a pillowcase! Which was the perfect amount of fabric for this experiment!

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Yes, again.

There was a serious flaw in my strap design which coincidentally I had foreseen but hoped wouldn’t happen. Sadly, the only way to fix the problem was to take it apart and try a different approach.

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This time, the fabric store had the materials and I was able to get the proper size rings. I got rid of the adjustable aspect and made the strap solid, attaching to the square rings on either side.

I like this strap version best of all and am definitely not changing it again! In fact, I may make more bags with a strap like this!

(notice the derby love? GO DISLOYALISTS!)

Actually two bags! but I’ll post the other one later. Once I had the first one done having followed a pattern I wanted to see if I could do it “on the fly”.

I could. It was awesome.

Lets get back to topic… The desire for a new purse plus my impending lack of funds left me with a conundrum. Luckily I have a cabinet full of problem solving materials. And a friend who posts very helpful (and perfect) tutorial links!

This is my brand new bag.

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As mentioned I followed a tutorial. This is an Osoberry Bag. And this is the tutorial I followed (pictures are excellent and VERY helpful for those of us that are visual learners). Here’s the link.

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So as with everything I make I find something I want to change afterwards. With this it happened to be the strap. This was the original strap, all one piece and I probably just made it a bit too long so it had to be “fixed”.

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I had a devil of a time finding these pieces because my local fabric store had just had a 50% off EVERYTHING and I was oblivious to it.

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I made it adjustable and I’m liking the outcome. A lot.

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My main fabric was a piece of Freebird by Momo that I’ve had kicking around for ages just waiting for the perfect project and the rest were large scraps of solids. I can see the buckle driving me nuts because it was a wee bit to big for the project so I am sure I will change it again at some point!

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