When thinking through some options of things that would be fun to do and which I could do using things that I had on hand (I really don't need to buy anything - we have a lot!) I decided either handmade hats, bags, baskets or patchwork projects would be fun. The kids agreed that those would be fun (though the boys thought maybe we should do some wood projects instead - and I hope to but I don't know that I would be able to do one monthly). So I put up a poll on my blog sidebar and asked your opinion. Quite a few of you weighed in with what you thought would be interesting but that didn't end up being all that helpful for choosing as 3 of them tied and the other one was only one vote behind.
Anyway the choosing of the theme was back to us and after talking more with the kids we decided on Bags. I probably will do some of the other things this year too and blog about them but it will be bags that I will try to have a new post about each month.
This bag was made as a new purse for me. I unfortunately don't have a tutorial on this one (but I plan on doing tutorials on most of them) as it was a very quick project that I was in a rush to get put together right before our trip out to Reno in December.
My favorite aspects of it are the little cell phone pocket on the outside which makes it so I can now get to my cell phone before it goes to voice mail, the flower, the strap so I can carry it over my shoulder and the largeness of it. Of course a downside of the largeness is that things can get easily lost inside (though not my cell phone now!) but I can at least carry along my knitting or crocheting project or put my Bible inside and I like that. I did put one inside pocket in it but that isn't enough to keep everything organized.
Here are some reasons that I think it is fun to make homemade bags:
- You can get a new bag for free by using things you already have.
- You can make exactly what color and style you want. (My new purse matches my wool dress coat)
- You don't have to go shopping. Something that is NOT my favorite thing to do.
- You can be creative.
- It will be one of a kind and you won't mix it up with anybody else's bag.
- Bags can make nice gifts. (2 birthday gifts this month had homemade bags as a portion of the gift.)
What sort of bags do you like?