Spring has sprung around these parts. Today is May 1 and Beltane, who knew. Not something I can say I have previously recognized, but it seems to be popping up all over the social media sites I've been visiting. And, it is fitting. It has been a long winter. It has also been a good long run of bag making and blogging for me. I started making bags about five years ago and really kicked it up when we moved here to Nashville. Doing a little Spring cleaning here and getting ready for what the future will bring. Change. It feels good.
Here are a couple of bags I just finished. Love them both. The white leather bag was made from the Lekala #3015 pdf pattern. I really love how I managed to salvage this thing and am currently using this bag on a daily basis. I can not however, recommend this pattern to a normal, non crazy person to attempt! First off, half of the pieces downloaded in Polish. Yes Polish. Now I knew that this was a Swedish based company, but c'mon. Even Google translator couldn't produce understandable words for me to decipher on the pieces. Luckily, I happen to be an experienced bag making queen ;) but, this sucker took me four days to complete. There was one sheet of instructions numbered #1 - #13. Yep, that's it. No photos, etc. Guess I'm spoiled by all the really great bag pattern designers and patterns like Swoon Patterns.
Here it is.
I also made a messenger bag. Something I have been wanting to do for a while. Love this one. It makes me happy. The pattern I used was the HippieGirl Messenger Bag by Redlabel on Craftsy. It was pretty easy to follow the instructions, there are no pattern pieces included, just measurements, so I just made my own. I omitted the ruffle on the flap and knotted handle. Most of the fabric I used is Amy Butler and Michael Miller. It calls for 15 different fabrics! I think I will try this in canvas using maybe only two different colors, or one color with some leather trim.
Well, there you have it. Happy Beltane, Happy Spring, Happy Colors =)