I love doing bead embroidery. This upcycled messenger bag was inspired by the cobweb bead embroidery I started last year…and finally restarted and finished last month.
Did you know that cobwebs in crazy quilts were added for good luck? I just learned this.
This bag was a challenge. I have an extremely hard time reading patterns…in fact, “read” isn’t really what I do as it makes my eyes glaze over. Instead, I look at the pictures and try to figure it out. I’ve made this simple messenger bag loads of times before but it’s been a long time. I finally asked my Mom for help figuring out what I was doing wrong with the construction. (I needed to keep the bag’s flap inside when I was putting in the lining–duh.)
Anyway, the most fun part was creating the flap. I started with a fabric collage, using lots and lots of zigzag stitching in metallic and cotton threads. Then I added the spiderweb. (Note: I will NEVER tear the muslin after the project is complete again–I nearly ruined the entire spiderweb as I got too close to the beads and they were loosening! Adding an extra strip of muslin there and some fabric glue before re-sewing helped stabilize everything thankfully).
I’m pretty happy with the end result. Am bringing it to a local gift shop and hope someone else finds it lovely too!