I finally made my January Bag from The Bag of the Month Club: The Companion Carpet Bag by Samantha at Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H. I was obsessing over which fabric to choose. I wanted the bag to have a certain feel... a bit classy but still modern. Then I ordered the tube frame a bit late. But even after I got it I still wasn't sure which fabric to use. Until I finally decided on this fabric. Here it is:
I made some decisions as I went along, like adding the tab on front. Then I was sure I wanted to use some bag bling from Emmaline Bags right on the tab. This bag really needed the bling to say "Classy".
After that, I started to play with ideas on how to add the straps. I have some brown leather (genuine) and I wanted to use it but wasn't sure if I wanted tabs for the handles. I even took a look at some ready made online. I discovered that if I wanted to use brown ready made handles they only come with antique bronze hardware, no nickel or silver color was found. Did you notice that? I mainly checked on Etsy. So that made me go forward with my own handmade leather straps with my brown grommets. I installed purse feet as instructed in the pattern.
I just love the final result! Samantha did a great job designing this purse and writing the instructions and pattern. After the Bag was made I looked at it and smile thinking: "Wow, look at what I just made!!" I'm very proud of it. Thanks Samantha. Is so cute when you look at it opened!! I used a 12" tube frame so the bag is quite roomy.
I really think this one is a keeper. I'll use it when I travel as one of my "carry-ons". I just finished it a while ago and I can't wait for my hubby and daughter to get home to show them. Yey! I finished before February. I'm ready for the next bag pattern!!!