Let me show you my new handbag, which I think is my favorite handbag ever.
Pattern: Upsized Buttercup Bag, by Made by Rae
Fabric: Scrap bundle from A Stitch in Dye, similar to this one for sale, and brown corduroy with a blue background, from JoAnn Fabrics a few years ago
Modifications: I lengthened the bag by about 2 inches, I added a zipper to the top and inside pocket, and I added a front pocket
This pattern was easy to use, and I love the bag that I have! I've made (and used) enough handbags to know exactly what I want now. In addition to an attractive bag with nice fabrics, I want a front pocket for my cell phone, an inside pocket, and a way to find my keys easily. For the keys, I added these.
Two ribbons (or bias binding, to be exact) attached to mini-carabiners, and sewn on the inside of my bag close to the opening. I clip in my keys, and they're easy to find when I need them!
I couldn't find my fusible interfacing, so I fused some canvas to the lining to give the bag a little support. The lining is a pink and orange batik that's been in my stash for awhile.
The fabrics from A Stitch in Dye are just as beautiful in person as they are in her photos. I think this bag was a great way to showcase them! Her book is on my wishlist, and I'm looking forward to its release date.
Oh, I love this bag!