So those of you who have visited my blog before know that I wax lyrical on a regular basis about Urban Threads, their fantastic machine embroidery designs and truly inspirational tutorials.But I probably wouldn't really have got going on this whole bag making adventure with out u-handbag.com and Lisa Lam's brilliant book The Bag Making Bible.
I was recently asked to make a bag big enough to carry a camera, lenses, spare batteries alongside your everyday chattels; to look a little something like this:
I searched high and low to find a suitable pattern, but The bag Making Bible was the only one of my books that had something anywhere near big enough, and following her instructions on making a boxed pocket, I was able to tweak the pattern to suit, et voila:Vanilla and lace which had a tutorial on a camera bag insert:
The website is not only packed with gorgeous bag making bits- yes I know, I'm sad, I get excited about things like that!- but also advice about starting up a business and some great free tutorials. This is my version of the kiss lock purse:
which was really simple to make and looks beautiful. The Laundry Day purse, which I've mentioned here before, is the pattern I always return to when I'm making a purse frame purse.
I think it was quite probably seeing the Reversible Bucket Bag in a magazine that kick started my interest in making bags, and if you're looking for that one book on bag making that you'll use time and time again, then this is the one.
I have a week of decorating looming ahead of me. Preferably without the help of a keen three year old. That is headache inducing stress!
Take care. xx