Ever since first turning on a sewing machine last year, I'd find myself from time to time over at Tiny Happy looking at the shoulder bag tutorial. I wanted to make one so badly, but just wasn't at that stage yet. Until Sunday evening.
The outer part of the bag came from just a small piece of heavy duty cotton (possibly cotton canvas?) that I'd been hoarding, waiting for just the right use. I didn't have enough of it to make the straps so I used some brown corduroy. When I originally received it, I had no idea what I would end up doing with two yards of poo-brown corduroy, but have since found that it's really nice in small doses. (You may remember me using it for these pillows.)
The lining is blue and white seersucker. I initially had about five yards of it, but now only have some large scraps. What that means is that the lining of my purse matches numerous items I've made while learning to sew.....cloth napkins, pillowcases, a few things in my daughter's closet, etc.
Another exciting thing about this bag, is that its bottom corners are "boxed." (I realize this might only be exciting to me.)I've been trying to grasp this whole "boxed corners" thing for a while, but always end up frustrated. Melissa's instructions are so clear and they totally demystified the process for me, I honestly feel like a bit of an ignoramus for not getting it sooner.
The only true error I made was when cutting the corduroy for the straps, I inadvertently made one a wee bit wider than the other. (This is what happens when you cut fabric while watching Family Guy and drinking a second vodka tonic.) It really was no big deal until it came time to sew the two straps together, making one. The area where they met was kinda ugly. To remedy it, I made a strip of fabric from the same material as the bag, and sewed it around the offending area:Here's where I got super lucky. When I put the bag on, that contrasting strip lays right in the middle of my shoulder. So instead of looking like a mistake hider, it just looks like I'm really creative and wanted to add extra interesting details.