Since I started this blog, I have been getting more and more reluctant to get rid of anything that has a potential use. This has lead to the accumulation of a lot of worn out clothing and fabric scraps. For this project I made four selections from my scrap pile:
I decided on making a tote bag because they are fairly quick and easy to sew. I used this bag as a reference for size and style:
One note I would like to make before I take you through the steps I followed to create this bag: I am terrible at planning ahead. I mainly just wing it as I go along. I could have easily looked up a pattern to make a good bag, but I wanted to experiment and figure it out myself. This method doesn’t always lead to the best product, but I always learn something new in the process, and I can take those lessons with me to my next project. The best way to learn something well is to fail at it a bunch of times!
I will also admit this is not my best photo-documentation, but here we go:
The final product:
Like I said before, this whole process was more about experimenting and tinkering with different ideas than creating a polished product. A couple key takeaways from this project for me were:
The denim and corduroy I used are pretty thin and weren’t really strong enough to provide this bag with as much rigid structure as a canvas tote bag. In other words, the bag is pretty floppy. Next time I would use a stiffer material.
Next time I want to try something different with the lining, because it just sort of floats inside the bag and isn’t really anchored to anything. I also want to get fancy and make more interior pockets in the lining.
I think I am partially colorblind. Throughout this whole process I was convinced the corduroy material was green. Now that I see it in all the photos on my computer, I think it is brown?
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Oh my word, I LOVE it!! Beautiful! And haha, it’s totally brown corduroy. 😉