I’ve really needed to sew up a new bag for me for quite some time. My old one had seen it’s better days. I love being able to say, “I made it myself!” when people comment on my bags, but, um, I didn’t want to say that about my old one anymore. Before I started on my new bag, I did a little browsing and brainstorming for what exactly I wanted. Once I had my list ready, I went to work!
The Shade Garden fabric by Michelle Engel Bencsko just makes me smile, so I used the last of what I had in my stash to piece together this bag. I really liked the look of the “tied” handles that are popular right now, but it took some work for me to figure out how to actually make them look nice. I also added an elastic and fabric-covered button closure that is perfect for keeping things contained but still allows for quick access–it looks really cute, too!
The inside is much like my old bag with a middle divider and a divided side pocket where I can keep my cell phone, a pen or pencil and my favorite lipgloss.
Of course, I had to add a matching wallet and key fob, too.
I’m so happy with how the whole set turned out! When oldest daughter saw it, she asked me to sew one up for her right away. I think she might get one for her birthday in a few months instead. Shhhh . . .