Last Friday, my sister and I went to the “One OK Rock” concert [WHICH IT WAS AWESOME!!]. My sister gave me the ticket for the concert as a gift, so, to say thanks for the awesome gift I made a shoulder bag for her.
I wanted to give a bag to my sister but I couldn’t find any bag that I like at the store, so, I decided to make her a one of a kind bag using only materials that I had at home. I knew since the beginning that I wanted to make a punk-rock-ish shoulder bag for her. So, I used a plaid fabric that I bought a few months ago to make a coat. Although I was excited about making a bag for her I was a bit unsure about the whole thing because I knew the bag might not last long since it was going to be sewn with a home sewing machine and using fabric that I had at home. As long as the bag is of her liking I would be very happy.
I used some black cotton twill for the pouches on front and on the flap and lined them with polyester lining. I added some jean rivets on the pouch on the flap because I like shiny metal things. They make things look expensive and rug-ish. I always have trouble finding silver jeans zippers, they usually come in brass but I had some zippers that my sister and I saved from clothes that we no longer used and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use them.
Deciding what type of interfacing to use for bags is the most difficult thing for me because I don’t know anything about it. I didn’t want to trouble myself with all that, so, I used what I had available which was a lightweight pellon interfacing. I don’t know if it will do any good but that is better than nothing. I read that some people used fusible fleece or sew-in hair canvas but that is a bit too expensive for me. I’ve seen bags at the stores that are not stiff at all, so, I’m not expert I told myself and continue making the bag with whatever I found. At the end I think it depends on each person if they want the bag to be stiff or soft. This bag has a soft body but the cardboard on the bottom helps to give it some shape.
This is the finished bag, I think it looks good considering the materials used and the fact I don’t have much experience. The good news is that my sister liked it and she took it to the concert.