I was going to Disney World in 3 days, and I didn't have a purse that was quite the right size. So I decided to make one out of some fabric that had been in the running for my bridesmaids' favors (purses filled with lots of little goodies). That means I've had this sweet canvas fabric just sitting around for over a year and a half, just waiting for the perfect little project to be brought to life. And here it is.
It's just a basic canvas messenger bag. I lined the inside with some muslin and used that fabric to add a little applique bird to the front, sewed on with my impeccable hand-stitching. For the strap, I bought some canvas webbing and wrapped it with my pretty little canvas fabric, folding the edge under and sewing a neat little line down the center of the strap.
If I made this bag again, there are a few things I would do differently. The proportions are a little off. And it definitely needs some interior pockets. But in the end, the bag was all I needed it to be and more.
Here is a picture of me and Jason and my little messenger bag in front of the Muppets fountain in Disney's MGM Studios, which has recently been renamed Disney's Hollywood Studios. (What's with that? I was somewhat comforted when all of the bus drivers still called it MGM.) Jason and I had a magical week in Disney World, as you would expect. It was so wonderful to be able to just enjoy spending some time together shirking responsibility, having fun, and remembering why we fell in love in the first place. My purse was just a small token in the context of such a grand and glorious week. But it was nice to have the little reminder that I would be coming home to more creativity and imagination at work. Just like Figment tells us, "Imagination, imagination...a dream can be a dream come true with just that spark from me and you." And yes, now that song will be in my head for the rest of the day.
So there you have my first Weekly Make. That was almost 4 weeks ago, and I've been going strong so far. But that means that I have a lot of catch-up posts to do. I figure I'll try to space them out a bit...just to keep you guessing. :o) In the mean time, happy making!!