June 24, 2014

Maddie's Brookfield Bag






Well, most of you know that my granddaughter posed for pictures with various Chris W Designs bags for Christine's photographic contest.  I decided to "thank" Maddie with a new handbag.  She picked out the Brookfield Bag, a free tutorial by Sara at Sew Sweetnesss because she likes smaller bags.  Find it on Craftsy here.  She picked out a summery turquoise travel print with sunglasses, flip flops, cameras, palm trees, motor scooters, boats, planes and recognizable destinations.  The Eiffel Tower grabbed her attention because she would really like to go to France with her French Class.  We decided on using the brown faux leather for the trim.  Here it is...


I used a purse lock from Emmaline Bags.  It is more expensive than the locks I usually use but it is perfect for this type of plain bag.  It is the jewelry.  Like putting on a necklace to complete your look.  And it fit the space so well like it was made for this bag. It looks a little gold in the picture but it is nickel. Check the lock out here.




Although the bag is plain it is set off by a trim of piping.  I used the faux leather for this as well.  It makes the bag look a little richer.

Maddie picked out the turquoise and brown striped fabric for the lining and I think it really complements the outside of the bag.  The pattern calls for elasticized pockets that I put in the first time I made this bag.  To me they seemed to take up alot of the interior room so I decided to replace them with two slip pockets instead.




The back of the bag is plain except for the faux leather trim.

 
There it is.  I hope she likes it!

9 comments:

  1. She'll love it Marilyn. The fabric is beautiful and I love how you've matched it up with the faux leather. It's perfect. Love the lock too, it really finishes off the bag nicely and the piping is perfect. I love to see piping on bags but I hate having to do it.

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    1. Thanks, Maria. It was great of her to help me out. I love piping too but it is really thick with the faux leather. Plus I used cording that I had, it could have been smaller.

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  2. That's a very youthful fabric. Perfect for summer. Is beautiful, and the lock makes it very chic too.

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    1. Thanks, Norma. I think she will like it.

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  3. Tell her to go to Budapest & Prague instead. Paris (& France) is over-priced, full of pickpockets.
    Those other countries are less expensive and easier to see more. My daughter just went this spring. She managed to go to the Budapest philharmonic, cave exploring
    & Vienna state opera house.

    She'll love her new purse and you since you made it it just for her!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. How fun for your daughter!

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  4. Marilyn this is a perfect bag for a young lady. She chose great fabrics and I like those regular slip pockets too. I found it was harder to see the inside with the elastic pocket and I haven't made the bag yet, Now I can see the inside of the bag better. Even one zip pocket and one slip pocket would work too.

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  5. Yes, Daryl, it is a great size for her. The pockets now leave enough room to put "things" in the bottom of the purse instead of just the pockets.

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