A couple weeks ago, the strap on my leather handbag broke. I was faced with the prospect of finding another handbag – something which I don’t relish. I don’t LOVE handbags. I like them to be practical (has to be over the shoulder – I will not occupy my hands full time to carry a bag, nor will I keep hoisting something onto one shoulder). I like them not to cost too much – but to last. I guess I’m kind of picky.
So yesterday I thought I’d do a trial run, using whatever I had in my stash. And within 1 1/2 hours (including printing instructions, cutting out pattern peices and sewing up), I had a new handbag.
Now, I’m not going to say this is the sturdiest bag of all times. It’ll get very wet in the rain. I think it will start to look at bit wrinkled and worn before too long, because the fabric isn’t very sturdy. But it works – it holds my keys, wallet and phone. It’s out of fabric I really like. And it cost me NOTHING except a little time. Brilliant. I will almost certainly make another in better fabric. Maybe I’ll make several or make them bigger. Who needs to buy a handbag eh?