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 Responses to “Yes, I’m Still a Bagaholic”

  1. 2 Susan October 1, 2006 at 4:02 pm

    Very fun. How about gromets with the straps tied in a knot? I have never done gromets but I think they have a tool at Joannes.

  2. 3 Cindi October 1, 2006 at 6:21 pm

    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.

  3. 5 Karyn October 1, 2006 at 8:23 pm

    Wow that bag is great. Glad to see you’re still a bagaholic, I think it’s time for me to jump back on the bandwagon too.

  4. 6 Patricia October 1, 2006 at 9:12 pm

    That looks like a great bag! Love the shape!

  5. 7 Lori October 1, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    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.

  6. 8 Kimberly October 1, 2006 at 11:31 pm

    yours is so much better than the one in that picture!!

  7. 9 sueb October 2, 2006 at 3:22 am

    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.

  8. 10 Monica October 2, 2006 at 4:40 am

    a lady cannot have too many handbags.

    Especially when they’re as nice as yours!

  9. 11 Cathy October 2, 2006 at 7:30 am

    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.

  10. 12 rebecca October 2, 2006 at 8:07 am

    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.

  11. 14 Mary October 2, 2006 at 11:39 am

    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…

  12. 15 Wendi October 2, 2006 at 12:29 pm

    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!

  13. 16 Wendi October 2, 2006 at 12:30 pm

    Well, that picture didnt’ come out as well when the comment was published as it did when I typed it, but maybe you can get the idea anyway;-)

  14. 17 Tami October 2, 2006 at 1:05 pm

    What a gorgeous bag! You could sell these for some moola!

  15. 18 Monica October 3, 2006 at 10:26 am

    Bagaholics Unite! I love your new bag Lindipindielou! It’s beautiful and looks so handy as well!!! I love it!

  16. 20 Debbie October 3, 2006 at 5:39 pm

    Very nice bag. My favorite colors. Love the straps. Did you get them online or local? I see lots of options with those.

  17. 21 rebecca October 3, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    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

  18. 22 quenna October 3, 2006 at 11:25 pm

    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.

  19. 23 Sarah October 4, 2006 at 6:35 am

    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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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It’s what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 14, 15, and 16), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and pattern designer.  Oh – and I also like taking pictures.

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