I needed a make-up bag. I had a free morning. I decided to treat myself to making one from scraps in my studio. My free morning stretched into the afternoon, but I got it done in one day.
It started with a favorite scrap of ribbon from my scrapbooking stash. I wanted to use it somewhere I would get daily pleasure from it. So, I planned for it to be the zipper pull. The cloth came from various sources – the blue was a lovely length of taffeta from the thrift store, the pink was the tiniest of scraps from a bolero that came with a prom dress I wore to my first ball. The brown was an old jumper, and the only thing I could find in my stash that was brown!
The lining was actually part of the skirt of an antique wedding dress (well, 70’s, near as I could date it). I loved how all the fancy fabrics made the bag feel sturdy and rich. I appliquéd the squares on the lid after I interfaced the back of them. They still got a little stretched out, but I liked the casual look.To help the bag keeps its shape, I interfaced the walls, and made an insert with cardboard for the bottom.
I love when a little something inspires me (the ribbon) and I’m able to carry out my idea with whatever I have on hand. My ‘designer’ bag cost me not a single penny!