The Humble Handbag

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As many of you know by now, Peter came over a couple of weeks ago to spend some quality time in the burbs and go over the finer points of fabric waxing. I suggested he bring a project to wax, but he could not think of anything, so I pulled out some black denim (left over from this jacket) and waxed it to show him how it’s done. Then, since I had some waxed fabric lying about, I had to come up with a project for it.

A while back, I came across a canvas lunch bag on Pinterest that was just really cute, and I thought it would work well as a handbag. So, I took my waxed denim, some leather scraps salvaged from a pair of leather trousers from the thrift store, some home dec silk, and a strap left over from a Coach bag that I bought in the 90’s, and made the whole mess into a workable handbag. I intend to eventually get some cotton webbing to use as a strap, but I don’t have any at the moment, so the leather strap will have to do.

I’ve been carrying it around all day, and it’s really comfortable to wear. I love that the inner pockets are configured the way I like them. It is extremely light, which I like as well.

loop detail

loop detail

as worn

as worn

leather bottom

leather bottom

inside

inside

the bag at rest

the bag at rest

zipper pocket in the lining for my wallet

zipper pocket in the lining for my wallet

This is photo was before the lining was fully assembled.  You can see my phone pocket and one for my keys.

This is photo was before the lining was fully assembled. You can see my phone pocket and one for my keys.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted November 12, 2013 at 5:48 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wonderful bag – I want one!!!!
    Did you use an available pattern or did you make this design? I am sure you will get loads of use from it. It looks like the perfect everyday bag.

    • Posted November 12, 2013 at 8:39 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I made the pattern myself. It’s mostly a simple bucket shape that tapers slightly at the top. I did have to fiddle with the pieces at the top to accommodate the rollover.

  2. Posted November 12, 2013 at 8:16 am | Permalink | Reply

    You did a great job on this! So glad I was able to witness part of the process.

  3. Posted November 12, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Nice! I’m curious- does the wax rub off at all? Would it would leave smirches on stuff esp. in the summer sun? thanks- Kimbersew

    • Posted November 13, 2013 at 8:28 am | Permalink | Reply

      No. Not at all. If you’ve even seen a Barbour jacket, it’s like that.

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