Last day of the month tomorrow, so I thought I'd better get on with posting about my own personal challenge for January. Ok, so in itself this little shoulder bag hasn't made a huge indent on my stash, but it's more about the principle this time, that is using things I have been hoarding needlessly. I'm very prone to buying fabric, getting it out to stroke it and admire it occasionally, then putting it away uncut as it's too nice to use! The fabric in question is a lovely Paul Smith linen herringbone tweed that I bought in Fabrics Galore on a shopping trip with Joanne, Florence and Lisa eons ago (March last year). I also had in mind as a lining the lovely brown and aqua damask print cotton that I received in a lovely surprise package from Florence.
This is the bag I came up with - a soft bag with darts rather than corners to create a rounded shape. I used a Vilene thermolam fleece interlining for added pouffiness - another stash item that was sitting around unused.
It did look a bit plain though, when I'd finished, which was the ideal opportunity to break into the button and ribbon stash.
There were a few days of ribbon positioning, backing away, adding of buttons, more consideration. I realised along the way that it is pointless asking my husband 'what do you think?' - all I got was a very helpful scratching of the chin and 'well, the button is a totally different colour from the bag', followed by a look of panic which suggested 'was that the sort of thing I was meant to say?'.
After due consideration, I decided on a flower corsage. I've made these kanzashi flowers before, but never actually got around to attaching them to anything. This time I attached a brooch pin to the back so that it can be repositioned, or pinned to a coat instead. Julia has a great tutorial on her blog if you haven't come across these before.
I'm not going to stop at just one of these bags but try to make a few up in different fabrics so as to continue my stash-busting efforts. I've half a mind to write up the pattern too, but who knows how long that will take me!
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