This bag was a late birthday gift for my BFF (who got a late wedding gift – two years late – for her actual birthday instead of this bag) – and she knew that it was happening. She lives in Hawaii, and the conditions there, well, they aren’t like going on vacation for a week… it’s a difficult place when it comes to wear and tear, not to mention the mold, mildew, and other tropical nuisances that one encounters nearly every day on the island. Believe me, if I could have made the entire thing out of clear vinyl that could be wiped down with bleach, that would have been the best idea. Not the prettiest idea, so some compromises had to be made.
Creating a bucket bag shape with specific dimensions is easier said than done, but after a couple of false starts, I got on with it. Interior slip pockets, recycled denim interior bottom and tight fitting exterior side pockets (also recycled denim) helped to create a bag that can easily fit a wallet, phone, keys, and a few other essentials with no extra bulk or weight.
The wide vegan leather handle makes the bag easy for grab and go – one of the main requests for the bag. The blue toned floral pattern is an upscale outdoor fabric with stain protector built in; this also adds to the durability of the bag, but doesn’t make the finished product look like a patio chair cushion. The drawstring closure also makes it easy to cinch and even easier to get into the bag with a single hand.
This bag has been such a smashing success that I’m iterating it into a number of variations, and I’ll likely add the shape into the full time roster of pieces that I create.
Finished size is 8″ tall, 6.5″ wide, 5″ deep.