California Sunshine Bag‏

 Pattern testing
I’ve been busy pattern testing for Charmed Liebling, this time for a ladies shoulder bag. My gut instinct was that I would be keeping the bag for myself, so I raided my wardrobe, there’s nothing quite like a recycled bag!   I just love this olive green, which goes perfectly with a pair of shoes I have (and I never was realistically ever going to fit into the charity shop skirt!)
Recycled Bag
Cutting the pattern from the skirt presented some challenges due to all the seams in the skirt. To get round this I placed seams down the middle of each pattern piece. Having thought I would never use this pocket at the back of the bag I find it surprisingly useful – a perfect place for keeping picked up leaflets, in fact any bit of paper you would like to keep flat and easily accessible!!
I treated myself to some Decovil interfacing, as one of the interfacing recommended on the pattern to give the bag some good structure. It is not that easy to work with, I found it worked itself loose as I sewed the curved corners. However I will definitely follow the instructions properly next time and ensure I iron it on for the correct number of seconds!!!
Sewing with thick interfacing means that I have to think and guide the sewing machine carefully due to the bulk. The interfacing has created a great form and structure to the bag, and I will definitely consider using it again (despite the additional cost to a project).
Charmed Liebling
I am really delighted with the bag although the finish is not quite perfect (shh I am so keen to use it that I realise that I have been using the bag without sewing up the lining where I turned it right side out!). Having used my new recycled bag all week it’s definitely my current favourite bag – perfect size for my packed lunch and drinks bottle:)
“I like the strap line nothing like an old …
your things are nothing like their old counterparts as now beautiful and stylish”
A lovely quote, thank you Simone:)
I’m hoping to whip up some new bags to enter the Purse Palooza 2013 competition – I have a commission I really must resolve, which should be perfect:)
In other news I am delighted to have been accepted by WOW thank you website for selling my creations:) I am delighted to be using a UK based website as well as Etsy. Anyone else sell via them and have any tips or hints?
As usual I am stopping by Handmade Harbour to see what other people have been making/creating this week,

30 thoughts on “California Sunshine Bag‏”

  1. Yup a good bag with a secret storage compartment. Well you will forget to sew that bit won’t you? I always do if I start using something with just one bit to finish 🙂

  2. your bag looks gorgeous, what a lovely colour and the lining works really well with it. The joy of making something for yourself is that nobody will complain about cut corners or unfinished bits!

    Great to hear you’ve joined WTY its a fantastic site and Tracey is a real gem x

    • Thanks – almost tempted to set to making one for a surprise gift for this weekend, but realism set in, along with the lack of any suitable fabric/clothes in local charity shop today!!

  3. I love how I had to look twice at this bag to see it used to be something else! It’s really inventive, especially using the old pockets, and the seams as part of the design, and I only wish I could sew well enough to make something like this for myself…! Thanks for inspiring me though 🙂

  4. Love the bag. The structure makes it look really nice and crisp. I can always find things to put in pockets, it is finding them again that I usually struggle with 😉

  5. This is such a beautiful bag Vicky! and all the more so since it’s upcycled from a skirt! I’m a HUGE fan of upcycling and blog about it lots. I was wondering if I could use a picture from this post to feature your bag in a post I’m putting out in a couple of days about upcycled projects. My blog is Creating my Way to Success (

  6. I really like this purse! You did a wonderful job! And thanks for the heads up about the Decovil 1. I ordered some for my next purse palooza entry, but I don’t think it will be here in time anyway. My favorite interfacing mixture is Pellon woven 101 with canvas for an interlining. But, I was wanting to give Decovil a try.


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