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. 🙂