Believe it or not – the fabric (PVC) I used to make this handbag – was once used for a matric farewell dress!!
I think it is much nicer as a hand bag though……….
This PVC (fake leather) has a soft “batting-like” finish at the back
Leather will of course be the absolute best to use for a small hand bag like this but I suppose you can have fun with any kind of textile or fabric.
The free pattern for this bag is on my page - “The Rabbit’s bag” in PDF format
It is very simple to make and quicker than you think.
Join the side panels with the insert.
Do the same with the lining. (This can be any fabric you like)
Fold the handles and join with a topstitch.
Turn the PVC part inside out and put the lining on the inside.
Pin together with handles.
Join everything together with a neat topstitch.
Cut two of the cat faces.
Iron vilene on the back of the one cat face to make it more stable.
Glue the front face to the back face.
Use “stitch and tear” on both sides of the face to make sewing easier and neater as a normal machine foot does not move smoothly over PVC. You get a “walking foot” designed for funny textiles and leather that works easy and smooth.
Do a very neat topstitch and pull the loose ends to the back and make a small knot to end it off neat.
A thick top stitch thread gives a much better appearance.
Glue the face to the bag and secure it with two small stitches once the glue is dry.
…..and of course use all the help that you can get……
Something to wear, made with only two stitch lines and a neckline
That’s it – sew simple.
I used a soft stretch mesh.
All the edges (neckline included) are finished off by an overlocker roll hem but this fabric does not fray so it wasn’t even necessary.
See my page – “The Rabbit’s bag” for a free tutorial on how to make the pattern.
This is really easy and you can do this within an hour.
It is made to fit a person between size 36(12) and size 40(16)
(but it is easy to alter the size to fit someone bigger or smaller)
Wear it over your favourite camisole
This is what you can do with a few scraps and left over pieces of fabric.
A long top for a four-year old, to wear with tights.
The pink and the grey cotton lycra was left-overs from two pairs off tights I made last winter.
The white cotton lycra was the last small piece of a roll.
The pink dotted fabric was the bottom of pajama-pants that I made shorter for my little girl. The same goes for the purple flowers. (remember not to through those off-cut away!!)
Playing with birds and flowers, together with appliqué work gives you a whole new picture and a new outfit.
Just add the lace.
Visit my page – “The rabbits bag” for a free pattern of the birds and flowers if you want to do your own appliqué. There is also a short tutorial on how to do appliqué.
Today I am just sharing a primitive idea to make a place look different. I had to take a break from making cats and cat-things. (not because I wanted to…)
Our living room needed some attention and someone had to do it……!
I did not have much money – so with about $20 I got a few off-cuts at a fabric store and this is what came out:
And apart from the sewing machine – a few extra tools
(This pen is permanent on fabric and can not wash out) – easy to draw and write with
And the products:
And a runner for the table and buffet
The poetry was just a little extra – I like beautiful words and quotes.
It can do no harm – I believe