I finished my own beach bag this week! Wait, you mean to say that your bag wasn’t finished yet? Nope dear reader, I hadn’t lined my bag yet and the handles were attached with pins! But don’t tell anyone ;)
I had already picked out my lining and my bag handles. The lining was something I picked up at a LYS a while ago, and the bag handles are of course made by my friend Nicollie, who does amazing things with leather and stamps :) I also added some tassels to my drawstring rope, to give it a more finished look.
And here’s the end result!
I really love how all the elements look together; the fabric of the crochet part, the rope and tassels, the handles, the lining – it’s perfect :)
Here’s a closer look at the leather handles. I had Nicollie stamp them with these words; the first person who can tell me what lyrics there words belong to, can grab any pattern from my shop for free! :)
I lined my bag by placing it on my folded lining fabric and cutting around it with an inch of seam allowance. I then sewed the two pieces of fabric together leaving the top open. I inserted the fabric into the bag, and folded the top down by about half an inch, and pinned it to the bag. I added the handles by inserting them between the folded top and the bag, and pinned them in place. Then I sewed along the top using a jeans needle on my sewing machine, to make sure I could sew through the leather from the handles. Once I sewed the lining to the bag, I topstitched along the top one more time, to give extra security and for a pretty finish.
You can get some leather bag handles with your own words stamped on them in Nicollie’s Etsy shop here; she also makes those cute leather tags I have in my bag :) As a blog reader you can get 10% off your order by using coupon code ‘WINKIE’!
If you’ve finished your bag, upload it to the Ravelry group here to enter for the prize! :) (if you don’t want to use Ravelry, you can also email me your photo: acreativebeing [at] gmail [dot] com)
You have until July 12th to upload your photos; after that I will pick a winner! Good luck everyone :)