Yes, I’m Still a Bagaholic

I’ve had the idea of vertical strips of fabric on a bag before and surfing around I saw the perfect leather handles.  I DO live where the West begins, you know, so some more surfing found me some 1/2-inch wide saddle strings.  I think they work perfectly for purse handles, although I wish I could think of a more attractive way of attaching them, besides straight-stiching back and forth across the leather.


Yeah, I know, it looks like I copied the whole thing from the above link, but really, I’ve thought of making vertical lines before.  The first time, the bag was turning out way too big, so I turned the fabric 90 degrees and made horizontal stripes.    I used four 99-cent fabric samples from JoAnn’s for the exterior and lined the entire thing in canvas with  stabilizer in between the layers throughout – very stiff stuff that works well for a big bag like this.  See how it’s all boxy all by itself?

Miss Painted Pear mentioned a few weeks ago that it had been a while since I made a purse.  Truth is, I’ve been burned out on bags for a while, but after her comment, I really couldn’t stop thinking about what my next bag would be.  Thanks for the verbal kick in the pants, Rebecca.  🙂

23 thoughts on “Yes, I’m Still a Bagaholic

  1. I was thinking maybe a small D ring with the leather folded over and stitched in brown. A bartack like stitch. I love the bag. It seems we all took a small break from bags. I desperately need to make me a new fall bag. I have some great material a friend sent (hint) and I have been saving it to use! Maybe I will do that this week.

  2. Very cute bag, I like the fabric combinations. I think the d-rings are a good idea. Also, you could had a fabric strip or ribbon around the top and hide the stitching.

    Great job.

  3. Beautiful! What a great bag. D rings are a good idea but you could also sandwich the handles between the outside and the lining so that the ends of the handles are hidden inside the bag. A belt buckle attachment might be fun too.

  4. I have been thinking of leather handles since I saw Posie’s bag. Specifically, where did she get the leather? That’s the trick, finding the right supplies.

    I love your new bag… but then I love all your bags! I’m with you on bag burnout. I have a client patiently waiting for her next bag (she sent the cloth a while back) but I can’t seem to get going on it. I don’t like doing the same project over and over and over apparently.

  5. Oh I am so glad I verbally kicked you in the pants! That is one awesome bag. I personally like the look of the sewn on handles. Really, great job, great, great looking bag.

  6. Cute bag! Love the handles. Since they’re already sewn on, how about a small fabric (or leather) patch, shaped like a spade, sewn over the strap ends? Kinda like you see on some leather goods. If you want to keep up with the “western” theme, add a couple of conchos…

  7. Next time, you could do the anchor stitch that looks kind of like this:
    |\ /|
    | \/ |
    | /\ |
    |/ \|
    It’s pretty strong, but tidy looking.
    Love the bag! I have a thing for bags, but so far haven’t been inspired to make one yet. Maybe that’s a good thing, in case I’d get addicted!

  8. love the new bag! very cute 😀
    my first thought was (what i’ve always called) the Xstitch – someone else mentioned it above
    and then i thought D rings…. also mentioned already. guess i’m just not that creative tonight ;-P

  9. Nice bag (I like the fabric choices) — I’ve been burnt out on them too :). Everyone has good ideas about the leather handles…I second the idea of some sort of patch/applique. But I like the D-rings too.

  10. I love the bag. I see everyone has already given great ideas for attaching the handles. I’d probably put a fabric patch in a contrasting fabric over the ends if I did anything.

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