I worked on some new Spring pocketbooks Saturday. I got inspiration from a pin on my "Fashion Over Forty for the Regular Woman" on Pinterest HERE. I had just enough of the almost identical fabric on hand. I really need to stock up on some black fabric though!
I made the little flowers in three different colors: pink, red and purple. They are just safety pinned on, so its easy to change them to match my outfit, or just remove it altogether. I may make some flowers in more colors like green, blue or yellow.
I didn't make any pockets in the lining at all. I am going to just move the purse organizer that I have been using from bag to bag. Takes about 10 seconds to change pocketbooks!
Then I made a tan/brown one to use when I am wearing brown. With this one I experimented with not adding a lining. This one is made using the outer fabric, quilt batting and a backing fabric. I just used a backing fabric that looked good as the lining and made french seams on the sides. It turned out ok and was definitely quicker. However, I did learn as I went and will do things a little differently next time. If I am making myself several bags, this saves a lot of time and fabric.
I wore this pink top yesterday and used the bag with the pink flower.
The flower is just a "Yo Yo" with a button sewn in the center. There's a video on You Tube HERE that shows how to make them.
As a side note, I didn't spend ANY money making these bags. I had everything on hand. The buttons came from my button jar. You could also use some of your old jewelry to embellish a bag. Before discarding clothing with buttons or old costume jewelry, think about how you could use them.
Have a great week!!!