When I first learned to sew, I was really into making bags and purses. For a while, it was my thing. I gave them away as as gifts and sold them at craft sales. I designed most of them myself and I made a lot of them. A lot.
Over the span of a few years, I made at least fifty bags, possibly more. I never really counted, I just sewed. I eventually ran out of ideas and interest in them though, and moved on to other projects. Although I still make the occasional bag, my little home based purse factory has been closed for years.
That hasn’t stopped me from buying supplies, especially if the price is right. Sometime last year, while perusing one of my favorite thrift stores, I found a abundance of vintage purse handles in various shapes and sizes. I bought them all without giving much thought about what I’d do with them. I couldn’t resist – they were practically giving them away. I brought them home dumped the bag of handles in my craft room (or the room where projects go to die) and forgot about them.
Now that I’m in the midst of a craft/sewing binge in an effort to clean up the craft room of doom, I gave one of the handle sets a whirl.
The exterior is tweed and the lining is made from cotton.
This project has somewhat renewed my interest making purses. I still have quite a few more handle sets to put to use, and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can create with them.