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Bag Seven – Embellished Maximalism

The benefits of actually doing some maths become crystal clear on this build.

Bag Six – Parisienne Party Bag

Intriguing shape and lots of custom detailing make this bag a party stunner!

Bag Five – The Original Micki

I built Bag Five -the original Micki – as a gift for my BFF. She wanted a bag that was durable, not too big, and with some specific features.

Bag Three – Finding My Own Shapes

Bag Three turned out to be a real stunner – an intriguing set of textures and patterns. It’s a pity that I don’t have more pics of it, but sometimes that’s just the way it works out.

Bag Two – Not the Same At All, Really

Bag Two offered me the opportunity to design a bag completely from scratch. It also taught me I needed to learn more about how to construct a bag properly.

Bag One – Ground Zero, Really

The original prototype bag – this is it.

Bag Four – Bowler Style Weekender

Bag Four was a bit more difficult to make; I hadn't created anything with this kind of structure previously. The main requirement was to be able to sit the bag on the handle of a rollaboard suitcase.

Bag Four was another altogether different style and type of bag construction for me.  I hadn’t done anything with a zip top closure before, and I decided to work the bag out without using drop in lining construction.  I snagged a piece of a pattern from here, a part of a pattern from there, and totally failed to understand the relationship between the finished circumference of the facing and the cut length of the gusset.

If you don’t know what a gusset is, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Luckily my friends have patience, and they love getting free bags, so the tweaks I had to do to get the bag to finish out correctly were completely overlooked by everyone but me.  I am not really that good at maths, but I do know exactly what kind of finished product I’m looking for, so I have to outthink myself sometimes to get there. And the bag sits comfortably on top of a rollaboard suitcase – or any other suitcase with a pull up handle for that matter.  I made this bag for my NFT co-conspirator, the ‘other’ Kim (although it’s hard to know which of us is that one at any moment) – she’s the proud owner of – we work together on all kinds of projects really.

I am sticking with the wooden feet on all the large bags and totes; I love the look of them and the shapes are organic and individual.

I cut and finish a big batch and then I match them up into sets of four based on their sizes and shapes.  No two are ever alike – I literally take a Sharpie marker and scribble some blob looking marks onto the top side of a piece of Baltic birch plywood – although that will eventually become whatever scraps we have handy in the garage, since I’m neither married to Baltic birch, nor interested in standardized bag feet instead of using scraps and recycled bits.

This bag is unique in a few ways, not just the clever cut and resew job I did on the gusset to get it fitting together correctly; the bag – as all of them – is made from a combination of dead stock, short ends, and recycled fabric.  See that bright blue on the zip section of the gusset?  Let me just say that it looks better on that bag than it did as a pair of not exactly jeans (no offense, RL, I tried to wear them, really, I did!).

The interior is made from drop cloth fabric – an inexpensive “base” that I absolutely love using when I am making collage art and certain bags.

It’s such a great neutral.  And you can always find your keys (use the key fob!) or your lipstick or your room key or whatever against the light colored background.  It is also a fairly dirt resistant material, so kids and pets and that sort of thing won’t ruin your bag interior straightaway.

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