This is the bag/sling/tote I made for my girl Natasha, for her Birthday! Happy Birthday Sweetiepie!
You might recognize this awesome orangey-brown leather from this past project:
Yes! This was a leather trench coat! You might remember that I cut out the middle part and made myself a leather and blue velvet bag, retaining the belt loops and button front. I still had the top half and bottom half left over so I made Natasha's bag using up the bottom half.
I used the same vintage army canvas I gushed about using for my own bag. And I also used a tweaked version of the same pattern as well.
This is the lining and small inside pocket of the bag. I used a vintage mushroom fabric. I ran out of "tree wood grain" fabric so the mushrooms were the next best thing.
(Yesterday I did manage to procure 5+ more yards of the wood grain fabric for future projects. Thanks Mom!!)
A peek inside the finished bag.
Here is Natasha opening the box that had her bag in it. See the, "What the heck is in here?" look. She had no idea I was picking her up to go have dinner with our friends. She got a few surprises this night!
She looked happy when she realized there was a leather bag in there for her! I didn't get any photos of her holding it but she seemed to like it.
Did you notice her Birthday Badge in the photos above? Here is a better view:
And a close-up:
"It's My Birthday & this is My Party!"
Once again I used a vintage milk cap to form the base of the badge, just like I did here. I scrunched the crepe paper into a ruffled circle and glued it to the back of the milk cap, added "ribbon" to hang down, sewed a nice pin to a piece of felt and then glued the felt to the back to make it a badge.
You could make a birthday badge out of almost anything.
They are fun and festive and necessary so
Work continues in the Smashing Rubbish Studios!
I have a few more bags in the works, some different styles,one "carpet bag" made from a vintage rug remnant, and more made from oil paintings.
Working on a "Haunted House,"