Tapestry on a leash

I hate carrying a purse. Usually I don’t have to. Since I made my first bag, a pink leather courier bag, I’ve occasionally worried about being thought a fraud. With my wallet, phone and keys safely in the zipper pouch, the body of the bag might be totally empty. I imagine someone tearing the bag from my shoulder, discovering it was empty and holding it up for surrounding crowds to see, proving I am … what? Not a real woman?? Ergh.

A few months ago I made a book bag, because I need one to take to various music lessons. I used a pattern, but smallened (?) belittled (?) it to just the size I needed to carry an 8 1/2 by 11 inch book.

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I addedΒ  a bit of length to the strap so I can wear it across my body, because if I can’t do that, I’m not wearing it at all.

So I needed another one for when black and white won’t work. I’ve been holding on to small sample pieces of fabric that I love, trying to fit together enough of them to make something wearable, and finally decided to cut that out. Make a bag, I told myself sternly.

So I did.

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Look at that beauty. I really wanted to use the square of tapestry fabric for the back of a jacket, but it’s better that I use it than keep it hanging around in my stash.

I used a piece of upholstery fabric for the inside, and … remember that green rectangle that I wanted to use as a skirt panel? I used it for interior pockets.

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Here’s a shot of the inside, though it doesn’t show the richness of the colour.

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Besides using three pieces of fabric I really like, I wanted to use a leash that I picked up a few years ago at a yard sale. It’s a really handsome piece of leather, partly braided, with two solid brass clasps. It took me a fair bit of time to make this, because I got hung up on all the possible design options. At one point I planned to make it totally reversible. I planned to go shopping for a pair of D rings. In the end I just had to command my brain to be quiet. I did something interesting with the bottom.

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Only the inner layer is sewn at the bottom. The outer layer is kind of a skirt. I wanted glimpses of the interior. Also, at the top the interior fabric rolls out for about an inch.

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So there you are. I can, and will, make other bags to attach to the leash. I realize this one is a bit long for its width. I don’t want to shorten it. This bag is not pretending to be normal anyway, so it might as well have unique proportions as well.

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8 thoughts on “Tapestry on a leash”

  1. LOVE your fabric choices, Felicia, and am intrigued by the skirting design – great idea! (Also, I love that the interior looks orangey – is it?) You’ve given me more to think about ~ I have a piece of tapestry I’ve been loving for some years… er, decades. The lease idea is great, as you can use it with many different-sized bags, increasing or decreasing in size. πŸ˜‰ Happy Easter! πŸ°πŸ’

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  2. I love everything about this project. Especially using a mixture of special fabrics, and the vintage dog lead. And it being interchangeable with other. bags. And the peaking out insides, even if not totally reversible. In fact I think you have a winner of an idea if ever you want to be a bag maker. I am sure with a little development this idea would really sell (or make splendid presents at least). You could use vintage belts as well as dog leads I would have thought. Lovely, lovely.

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    1. Wow, high praise! Thank you πŸ™‚ You know, I don’t have, or need, a patent on this — I would love to see other sewist’s versions of such a thing. I’ll bet some people have absolutely fabulous remnants that could be shown off in a bag. One could use belts, or rope, or something braided. The possibilities are endless πŸ™‚ If I knew how to have a contest, I would have one.

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    1. It now seems so logical to me to have interchangeable bags. I wonder that bag makers haven’t designed such things (like bikini makers who finally sell tops and bottoms separately). Yes, yes, I’ll use the bag, but when it’s not in use, I have it hanging on a newel post, where I can look at it πŸ™‚

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