I thought it would be cool to take photos and take you through all of the steps for making Spirit's bag. The first picture is basically the 'raw materials' that i would be choosing from. I had already chosen the black shorts to be the base, or bones, of the bag, and the white with black cloth napkin for inner lining.
The second picture shows the inner lining attached
Probably the most difficult part of designing this bag...the horsey part! I had an adorable little girls' cotton knit skirt to work with...white with the salmony-pink (a bunch) or black (a few) horses doing various things, from trotting, cantering, rearing, etc. It also was topped with a wide white knit fold-over waistband....i ultimately decided to cut the waistband off of the skirt, as it just didn't look like it belonged. I cut the skirt in half at the side seams, and at first pinned the pieces to the front and back of the bag. Well, it really didn't look right, and when I pinned a strap on to see how it would look when being carried, I knew that it was just not right that way. I re-pinned the two skirt pieces to each side of the bag, with the center of the piece lining up with the side seam of the bag. I pinned on the strap and went back to the mirror to see how it
looked....big improvement....really cute. This also gave me a place to
add two outside pockets, one front and one back, in between the skirt
pieces. So everything finally fit together like it should. I had managed to put this oh-so-cute puzzle together, for the most part.
Of course, the bag would not be complete without some type of closure at the top. I took a black scrap of fabric and made the two pieces for the two parts of a magnetic snap closure. I attached the snaps to the fabric pieces, and then sewed them onto the bag so that it could be snapped shut instead of gaping open while being carried or while sitting around.
I had a hard time deciding on the handle/strap for this bag. Ultimately I went with the leather-look woven belt with buckle, as it was soft and infinitely adjustable. The daintier belts I had to choose from were simply too short to be anything but a handle, and I know most people these days want a bag they can sling over their shoulder or over their head and shoulder and just go. Once I got the belt attached to the bag and had a look in the mirror, I realized that it didn't detract from the bag in any way.....yay!!!
Lastly, I sewed in the GoodKharmaReThreads label and whew!!! I had completed the Bag Full of Spirit for Spirit!
As I have posted elsewhere, I am asking $50.00 for this bag, and 100% of the price will go to the Beauty's Haven Farm and Horse Rescue as a donation toward the ongoing care of sweet little Spirit....
If you or someone you know are interested in purchasing the bag, just message me on facebook or google+ or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Would make a great gift....thanks & peace 2 U!