Testing The Waters And A New Design

in NeedleWorkMonday6 months ago

About three weeks ago I did a post about how I have created a bag for myself, based on my needs and inspired by other designers. I needed a bag for my red shoes, so i made one.

Since I love the bag from every point of view, I thought why not create more and list them for sale as I haven't seen any bag like this on Etsy. Who knows, maybe I'm not the only one who likes it and could sell it soon.

They say it becomes easier and easier and because this was my second bag of this design, I thought it's going to be easier indeed. Instead this was the hardest so far. I've been struggling with it from the beginning to the end, although it doesn't show (I hope).


The bag should have been ready last week, for the last week's #needleworkmonday challenge but due to a back injury, I couldn't finish it, so I had yo skip it. But today I'm here with the finished bag. It's a little bit different than mine as the pocket of this one is red, mine is blue. That was my trick to avoid creating two identical bags. Original and unique, right? 😁

So this one has a red pocket but the rest is the same, except of course the lining, which is always different as there aren't two the same. How could I make two the same when I'm using shirts from the second hand shop (which are brand new by the way, only outdated), and can never find two of a kind.


Putting together the front was the hardest. This design has a zippered pocket, which could be eliminated but I thought why not learn how to work with incorporated zippers like this instead of choosing the easy way out. The photo above is terrible, I'm sorry, as the angle is not the best, so the whole thing looks like not straight.


The zipper is also recycled, I'm using the zipper of the jeans. My goal is to stop waste and recycle, upcycle what I can, so I see no point in throwing these away, besides, the color is perfect, matches the jeans color. But because the zipper is a few cm shorter than what I needed, had to add a little fabric, which was pretty difficult, but I did it.


After some struggle, I was able to finish the front of the bag and that's when the accident happened, I hurt my back and could not work on it anymore.


Today I've managed to finish it and here it is! In it's full beauty 😁


The back is simple blue, nothing fancy and the carry straps as well. Inside the lining is claret cotton and has three pockets.


Very soon this bag is going to be listed in my Etsy shop, I just need to take some decent photos. This week there will be a photo shoot outside, just need to check with my mannequin.

Because I love this design, I thought why not make a few more, using other colors too.


This is what I'm working on right now. The colors are awful due to the camera's light, but that color is pink, or fuchsia. Matching colors is always a gamble as it may look great to me and others don't like it, so I'm always trying to think outside the box and do not only what I like but also what I don't, as others may like it. I'm hoping to finish it soon and start a green one, then a blue one and now that I'm enumerating these colors, I remembered that I have a claret too and grey as well.

How about you? What's your favorite color combination? Any suggestion is welcomed.


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Great bag! And yes, color coordination is important :) And: never throw away a zipper that still works - they are so expensive!

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Lol, I've got like 30 zippers so far from recycling jeans, now I have to start making zipper bags. Thanks for the nice words and encouragement, it's much appreciated 🤗

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What a nice looking bag. Excellent combination of colours! Well done! 👌

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Girrrrrrrlll!! This bag is so CUTE!! 😃 You betta go on and sew!!! 😄 Look at you! It’s been too long I haven’t come to visit and I am so glad I did today! Seriously, this bag WILL sell, the design is beautiful! I love that you are using recycled supplies too. Do you know your price point yet?

Thank you for showing us some of your process, job well done my friend. Thank you so much for posting in the NeedleWorkMonday Community ;D

Lol, hello there my old friend, redhead as me 😁, long time no see. Many thanks for the nice words and encouragement. I'm really glad you like the bag, it's my favourite so far and am planning to make more. I'm still thinking on the price, it's an undecided question.
Yes, I'm reusing, recycling, upcycling every piece of fabric as my motto is stop waste. Also I'm working on being a good member of the NeedleWorkMonday community, trying to help as much as I can and now with the OCD incubation project I'm hoping I can contribute as much as I can by posting quality content and engaging.
It's good to see you on here, I hope you're doing well. Take care my friend ☺️

I know, it’s been awhile. You are so welcome!! I really do love the bag!

You already are a great NeedleWorkMonday member, anything you add to that is a bonus! ☺️😍 Thanks for all you’ve done, I appreciate all of your interaction and always looking out for new opportunities we can be apart of. It really means a lot!

Well I had planned to make a slow return later on this Fall but from the looks of it I’m somewhat back but behind the scenes (after submitting our community to the OCD incubation) only for now lol. You’ll be seeing me around and I’ll be curating more too! 🤓

Awww, that is so sweet! 🤗😍
I'm looking forward to seeing you more around here and also to supporting the community every way I can. Look at me, it looks like this community is my home now 😁
Take care and see you around 😘

Yay! Home sweet home! 🤗

You take care too, I’ll see ya around ~ 😘

Wow it's beautiful..yes the struggle you had making doesn't show but your efforts paid off. Good job and keep it coming.

Thank you for the nice words, I'm glad you like it. Stay tuned as there's more to come ☺️

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