Monday, July 30, 2012

A New Bag - Because I have expensive taste!

I made a new bag a few weeks ago. As it turned out, I think it's more of a fall/winter bag, so I probably won't carry it for a few more months. I was inspired by one I saw on the web that retails for over $1,000. Who would pay that for a bag? Here's my version.

I made it using fabrics that I picked up at thrift stores, and I'm rather pleased with how the pretty paisley lining peaks out along the edge.
Here's my inspiration. It's the Joplin bag by Thakoon. I've never heard of that maker, I just liked the look of the bag when I saw a picture of it and then was really shocked when I saw the price.
I buy purse handles at JoAnns when they have sales and had this chunky chain handle in my stash. 
I really love the way the lining fabric looks. It doesn't photograph very well, but it's a really pretty paisley of browns and coppery metalics.
The handle clips on with oversized lobster claw clasps, so I can take it off too and carry it as a clutch.
I think I might make a second one from a more summery fabric. I could use the same handle and just switch it from one to the other. It might be cute with bright floral, or maybe with some of that Amy Butler fabric that I won.... hmmm, the sewing to-do list just never really gets any shorter, does it? Does yours?

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Tammy,

    Thank you so much for coming by today! Following you back, and your bag by the way is WAY cuter than the expensive one. Excited to see what you make next ;)


  2. A fabulous bag!!! Much better than the over priced one. I look forward to seeing more of your creativity, Tammy!!!

  3. What a gorgeous handbag! I see so many beautiful bags but I'm not as good at copying them as you are! I would rather have something handmade though. Good luck thrifting. I went to the Hospice thrift store this morning but didn't find much. I did get some pretty padded clothes hangers though that I need! Have fun! Hugs!

  4. Your purse/clutch is awesome! I love the fabrics. I'm a new follower!

  5. Hi Tammy!
    I just adore your bags.. you have sooo much talent! This is gorgeous! p.s. I have a surprise for you.. hope you stop by at
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  6. Thanks for linking up @ CountryMommaCooks link and greet party.....hope to see you again tomorrow : )

  7. Really lovely. I really like the paisley lining. Very sweet. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. This is a great knock-off! I love the chain handle.