I've finished my Naughty Notions Challenge with four days to spare. This is the third challenge hosted by Rikka and Keren, from Ricochet and Away and Sew la Vie!
This time the challenge was to make a clutch bag (or a small handbag), using lots and lots of notions... buttons, beads, snaps, ribbon, cord, eyelets, hooks and eyes, zippers, lace trim.
After much deliberation, I decided to go with a small handbag, made from denim. I've added lace, buttons and ric rac to the front of the bag.
Inside the bag I've sewn a zippered pocket. This was my first zippered pocket inside a bag. Initially I sewed the pocket inside out, but hey, that's why we have unpickers. I found the zippered pocket to be much easier than a zippered pouch. My zippered pocket is neater than my zippered pouches, too.
A magnetic clasp finishes off the inside of the bag.
The iPhone gives some perspective and hopefully shows that the bag is really purse size. The finished size is 6 inches x 7 and a half inches.
I actually wanted the strap to be much longer than it is. I wanted to be able to put it over the shoulder and across the body, but it's not long enough. Initially I was quite puzzled as to why the strap ended up so short. A look at my plan answered my question. I had intended the strap to be 140cm in length. My strap was half that length. I was meant to cut and join 2 x 70cm pieces of fabric. Oh well, I was NOT going to unpick and alter. I don't think this strap will stay on the shoulder, as it's quite thin and not really long enough. It's the right size to hold as is, or perhaps to knot. So, it really is a handbag.
Thanks Keren and Rikka, for another great challenge. I'm looking forward to seeing what fun idea you both come up with for March.
Edited to add:
There are some absolutely awesome clutches and bags entered in the challenge. Head on over to the voting page, decide on your favourite and cast your vote. Voting has begun!!!