I used to sew all the time and about a year and a half ago, I stopped. I started doing other crafts because my cat was sick and I was trying to find things I could do while sitting with him. I still loved sewing, though. I just got out of the rhythm. Then @artsycandice asked me to partner in the IYP swap and asked for a tote with pockets. I instantly knew I had to use this style from @marionberries. I didn’t quilt as much around, but I interfaced to keep it steady.
I know ArtsyCandice likes owls, but an owl silhouette was too tricky and I went with the Raven. It looks a lot likeThe Crow. Sorry about that. I tried to minimize it. Originally, I was going to make the bag in burgundy, but I thought that was too goth-looking. I liked the olive color I found and thought it worked well.
This was my first time sewing a bag without a pattern. I was super intimidated at first, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had it hyped up in my head. I used vinyl for the bottom of the bag and the handles. I think vinyl handles hold up better than fabric for me. The problem with them is that they slide off my shoulder. To avoid this, I lined the backs with cotton fabric. I did this with a purse I made my Mom and she really liked it.
That is awesome! I love the raven image and the black fabric technique adds so much depth. Yay for picking up on my technique…which I picked up from somewhere else anyway.
The detail on the bag is wonderful. It is a stunning piece.
(Linda -2024 Choose Projects that You Want to Do :us:)
You sure picked a fabulous way to get back into sewing! Love everything about the bag…the color is versatile and the crow…just gorgeous…