We may have gotten more snow overnight, but I'm turning my thoughts to spring with the handbag I'm sharing today.
Following the principles I laid out in my last post on Sustainable Sewing, I set out to make myself a new spring handbag. The pattern is the 241 Tote from Anna Graham of Noodlehead, a mid-western independent handbag designer. The pattern was actually purchased 2 years ago and I'm just now getting around to making it! Since the pattern includes the license to sell bags made from it, this may appear as part of the Dancing Threads RI product line--I'm still chewing on the idea.
The main exterior print is an organic cotton from Cloud 9 fabrics. Organic cotton can be more expensive, but I happened to find this print at a discount store here in RI for $1.99/yard! It must have been overstock from a discontinued print.
Companies like Cloud 9 are making organics in fresh, modern, beautiful prints.
The other fabrics used in the bag are 100% cotton and are smaller pieces left from other projects.
I love the overall shape of the bag!
The side pockets extend a bit away from the body of the bag, leaving them easy to access. One for phone, one for keys. Perfect.
One interior pocket plus a magnetic snap closure. The strap is the perfect length for a shoulder bag.
I'm ready for spring! Whenever it finally gets here.
What do you think? Would you like to see this as a bag in my shop?
As co-owner of Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI, I teach sewing classes to children and adults. Welcome to my blog Dancing Threads RI.