After catching a glimpse of how the sketchbook cover might look if it were to become a handbag, it didn’t take long for the transition to occur, because after all I am mad passionate about bags and purses and totes. (And if you are also, visit my other website – Love to Sew – and pick your favorite bag pattern)
So this is how my new favorite handbag looks now that it’s finished. It’s fabulous and I love it!
To turn it from a sketchbook cover into a handbag, I took out the inserts where the sketchbook cover slid into…
… and turned them into a large pocket for the inside of the bag.
The sketchbook cover was already lined with Peltex, so it has a rigid construction. I simply finished the edges of the bag with a binding, and I fashioned some side gussets which I had to sew in by hand.
I made a lined shoulder strap.
And I even made a little matching pouch to hold some treasures.
So now I guess I need to start again and this time make a sketchbook cover. Or maybe another bag. hmmm – a tough decision.