I really like the combination of these two fabrics. They really have such different textures but compliment each other so well. This was the start of the cross body bag which I have expanded on for the fall season. The waxed cotton part of the bag is actually 4 functional pockets. Two in the front & 2 in the back for extra storage.
I thought a cold, gray & snowy Friday (here in Colorado) needed something light & colorful. These clutches were made from vintage camping tents. By adding a bright stripe & the signature leather, painted tip leather tab, they became unique & one of a kind little bags. I’m knee deep into leather, wool & military fabrics at the moment & a hint of these summer colors feels so good. I have all winter to dream of tents & how I’ll reuse them in the spring again.
Have a great weekend! I’m off to a big costume party tonight & can’t wait to wear my new hand painted leather fox mask that I ordered on etsy. there will be pictures posted next week- I’m channeling the fantastic Mrs. Fox.
Well, the pattern may be the same but every time I make one of these bags, the whole effect is so different depending on the fabric & handles that I put on. This Garden tote was made from recycled ,vintage, waxed canvas hunting tents. That faded gray & blue has such a summer feeling & for me, I just love the lived in feeling of the fabric. For the linings I tend to go in the opposite direction & put a bright pop inside. The leather handles can be removed so it can all be thrown in the wash.
This was a first proto of a dopp kit made from vintage tent fabric. The measurements were a wee bit off & it ended up very chubby indeed. I do like the handle & the reinforced leather on the eyelets. I will definitely work on the shape so it is more functional for traveling. With all that said, a woman came by last week to my studio & spied it hanging on my wall. She snatched it up for a travel storage for her yarn! What a great idea! It was never meant to be a dopp kit after all. It was destined to carry beautiful balls of yarn for knitting on the go.
…Now I’m a big beach tote! I know that I posted a version of this a couple of weeks ago but after making 3 more (numbered 2,3 & 4 as hand stenciled on the outside) I have refined the design slightly by adding nylon webbing to the handle tips, leather trim to the eyelets & a double stitch to the patch pockets. I’ve started numbering them so if you ever end up with one you’ll know that it was a limited batch & you have one! These big slouchy totes are a true carry-all. I picture lugging it to the beach filled with towels, magazines & water bottles. The fabric is recycled hunting tents from the 1950′s & 60′s & the straps are a quilted contrast cotton. The leather cording can either fall to the sides or can be used to tie the opening closed. They can be thrown in the wash for easy care (just make sure they go in a low heat dryer) I enjoy making each one different & truly unique.