A couple of weekends ago I had a wonderful day out with my mum at Lytes Cary. On the way we stopped off in Somerton for lunch and discovered a vintage fair where I stumbled upon some delicious Fat Quarters for only £1.45 each. Could you have left such prettiness behind at such a cheap price? I couldn’t and didn’t!
One FQ was just perfect for lining my smaller purple felt handbag that I’ve had lolling around waiting for inspiration for far too long
The fabric was slightly thinner than my normal linings, so I backed it with a lightweight interfacing, then added a pair of pockets and finally managed to sew a lining on that formed an edge to the bag rather than just butting up to the top
It’s really rather easy after all! I sewed the sides of the two lining parts together, leaving a gap at the bottom, then stitched the top of the lining to the top of the bag and pulled it all through. Then the bottom edge of the lining got neatly top-stitched as well as the outside of the top edging
I made the handle by plaiting 2 lengths of blue and one of multi-purple wool tops, which I then wet felted to make a strong shoulder handle, which I’ve sewn down the length of each side so it makes it secure
I'm going to make a flower handbage charm to pin to it, a matching purse to pop in it and I might also add some beads, I’m not sure yet… my bags seem to take on a life of their own