I have been playing about with new bag designs this last couple of weeks, so I thought I would share the process and see what you think of the new style. I wanted to make a smaller cross-body handbag size bag.
I always start first with a piece of paper, it means I can fold it and get and idea of the bag shape and most importantly I can make another one the same size if I need to !
I then make the design up in rough with some scrap fabric to get a better idea of the size - In this case I decided the scrap one was a bit tall, so I reduced the height of it.
Finished version - first attempt. I love the fabric/strap combination on this - I also did my first Zip on the oilcloth instead of the lining - it ended up being a little low on this version but I'll move it for next one.
I made the internal placket smaller - but then decided I think I prefer the deeper one so will go back to that on the next on
I also tried making this one with narrower straps - it still sits slightly open at the top, which I liked.
In these 2 pictures you should be able to see the differance the 2 sizes of straps make.
Which straps do you prefer? What do you think of the new design ?