Monday, November 19, 2012

Winterberry Handbag

After seeing how my sister's and my mom's new bags turned out I decided that that was the style I needed to make for myself. However, I'm not a black and tan or black or gray kind of person. I need to have some color or I'll just be all meh about it. I don't know what took me so long to think of gray, but once I latched onto it I started concocting different color schemes for what might work best. My coat is a pretty shade of turquoise, so I was thinking gray and that or gray and lime, but I couldn't find anything that seemed just right. I had to pick a few things up at Joann's so I figured I'd have a casual look-see. When I walked past the purples there was one there that just seemed to say "Please won't you pick me?" I'm not a purple person (I'm actually quite fair-skinned, bahahahahaha). Seriously, purple may be my least favorite color. But this was more of a cross between fuchsia and plum and was quite acceptable, especially with the gray. Throw in the perfectly matching lining and a trip to the Kona solids section for a matching berry solid and bam! My new handbag.


The gray and the white and the medallions all make me think of snow, and the soft purply light that comes just after sunset (especially when there's a white blanket covering the ground). I always found there to be something so...survivalist about berries that grow even in winter. Like in 'Farmer Boy' from the Little House series where Almanzo and Alice go digging through the snow for wintergreen leaves and berries. Something so wintry and cold, but sweet and hopeful. 

I put the diamonds to the side instead of upright, just for a different look. I was going to fussy cut the diamonds and mix them in with the berry solid, but then it would be too purply, which just would not do at all.

The inside is a tiny medallion print that looks like a snowfall inside. LOVE!!!!!! I usually buy my zippers in bulk over the internet, and it's hard to tell the colors accurately sometimes. As such, I end up with weird colors and wonder just what the hell they'll go with. Well, if you wait long enough you'll make a winterberry bag and find the perfect use for the purple zipper you bought. Patience, kids. Patience.

I obviously still have not mastered tying the bow. Stupid thing that's stupid and won't be tied right. If you use eyelets and grommets in your sewing and don't already have one, I highly recommend the grommet/eyelet setting pliers. They make everything snug and secure, and if you have some aggression you need to work out a few squeezes and you'll be back to calm. They're not always an easy squeeze, so if you have carpal tunnel issues the little anvil kit that you whack with a hammer works just as well too (both for the eyelets and the aggression). I used silver rectangle rings for the straps:


The basic construction of this one is the same as the other two I've made, and I love the versatility of the bag. It looks good in different materials and prints, in patchwork or plain. It took me a Saturday afternoon to make my bag, and a full day each for the other two (because of the patchwork and measuring, etc.). Because I have an almost complete idea of what works and what sizes work best for all the parts even the patchwork versions would be quicker now. I'm not saying it's going to happen in a wink (most likely after the holidays), but if you think you might like a sew-along for this one please let me know in the comments.

Ta for now!

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22 comments:

  1. It is gorgious, well done you!!
    Esther.

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  2. Purple isn't my colour and never has been, so when I saw the first picture I immediately thought 'hmmm...'. Then I saw the title and (I'm serious here) suddenly thought "Winterberry - that I do like"!!! How weird is that?! Anyway, the bag is great and I do like the grey in the pattern and the fact that you've used a different fabric inside. Now I need to re-read the post carefully and check if you've pointed out any faults! ;-) Have a lovely week xo

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  3. This is the most beautiful bag you've ever made IMO! I don't understand why fair-skinned people can't carry purple bags. Really? I didn't know that. Perhaps you're more fair-skinned than most people in Singapore. Once I attended a course and the instructor taught us which colours to wear or avoid based on our skin tone. She told me I needed a lot of orange and red and that was when I knew she was so wrong!

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  4. Wow, love, love, LOVE this one too! You always manage to find the most awesome fabrics. Guess I need to really take my time in Joanns!

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  5. I love this one! I'm not usually a big purple person either, but this particular shade I love. Have you ever made blueberry jam? This is one of the lovely colors that swirls and bubbles around the pot while it is cooking. So pretty. And that medallion print is very pretty. =)

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  6. Very cute :o) I can help you with the bows though, this is what I use when tying my teddy bear bows and it's the same principal:

    http://www.backroadbears.com/bows.htm

    Hope it helps!

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  7. It's beautiful and I love the fabric and colours you used. I so wish you would do a tutorial for it.

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  8. Fabulous!
    I think a sew-a-long is a great idea!!

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  9. OMG your bag is lovely!!! I would so love a tutorial for it!!! I'm in!

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  10. I'm fair skinned and have red hair, and I must say, I love all things purple! Always have, always will. I've also developed a love for yellow..haha! I've decided if I were to repaint the inside of my house, the whole thing would be a lovely lemon parfait color I found at Lowe's!

    I would LOVE a sew a long for this! Your bag looks beautiful! I think it's my favorite one so far!

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  11. Well I generally like purple, just not in clothing for myself, but in a bag yes and that bag is very pretty!

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  12. So elegant! Love the color! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Happy week !

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  13. Gorgeous! Purple is one of my favorite colors and I love how it's wintery, but not.

    Would love a sew along. :)

    Visiting from the Someday Crafts Link party.

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  14. Great fabric! I love this purse! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  15. Love the colors and prints you picked! And the design is great too. Fantastic job. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

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  16. Very cute! I am really impressed that you made it. It looks like something you would buy at an expensive boutique.

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  17. I hope you have a nice day! Very good article, well written and very thought out. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts in the future.teddy bear

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  18. I just started following, so I missed the last sew along and would love to join this one if you decide to host another one!

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  19. Wow - that is stunning! I love it and would love a sew along x

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  20. This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it - would love a sew-along.

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  21. I would LOVE a sew along on this one - purple and all!

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