If you have checked in here occasionally the last year, you will know that I have a thing for laminate, especially for purses. I especially love that the Echino cottons are available in laminate. Not all of them, nor all the time. I looked all over for the fabric you will see tomorrow, but this purse fabric was hard to resist. Yesterday morning before school drop off I managed to whip this puppy out ( yes I even amaze myself sometimes. Of course I forgot 3 things at home… but… I got creative!)
The fabric is “quiet ground” by Echino/ Etsuko Furuya, distributed by Kokka, purchased from Purl. Purl carries the most laminates from the Japanese designer. I have used the regular cotton linen blend on Hawley Sacks, and I have made a few other bits and bobs. I can’t seem to get enough of it. If you remember, I made my first laminate purse here. I modelled it after my fav Orla Kiely bag, and it turned out well, I use it a lot. Then I made this one, and this one. I have used oil cloth, but its too stiff for a whole purse in my opinion.
I wanted this bag big enough to shove a little boys sweatshirt into, maybe a few snacks, my camera and regular items. I also added a Kindle pocket, and the cell phone pocket fits mine perfect. I was going to do a zipper pocket, but I think I will make a zipper pouch for all my little bits. I made the straps, and took the design for the bag from a tutorial for the “world domination hand bag.” Just the darts really. I have always boxed the corners, and this time I wanted a rounded bag. I hate sewing in panels, they never seem to work just right, but these darts were perfect and matched up perfect, and it all seemed to go quite well!
Surprise Surprise, while I was out blog reading this morning I discovered A Lemon Squeezy Home is having a purse challenge week! After reading the whole post I discovered its an open challenge! So I went and posted to the Flickr stream. Go check her out!