How would you design your perfect bag?

April 7, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I had a lovely meeting designing a bag for a customer.. it’s always lovely to receive a commission for a recycled bag.  Becky helpfully had a clear image of the bag she has in mind…an applique bird design, zip pocket, over the body strap 140cm long, shower proof:) Room for all the essentials.. nappy, wipes, purse, mobile and keys:)

She chose from a selection of fabrics – former clothes of course:).  We spent a brief time trying to squeeze a cross body strap from the two sleeves of a red jacket, but it was not to be..

Instead Becky chose a cross body strap with non-messenger bag from this gorgeous blue cord skirt:


Next was the idea of a bird applique, and she kindly sent me two images.. always helpful to know what your customer likes:)

bird applique 1

bird applique 2

Rather handily I found, in my stash of fabric, a thin cord rainbow blouse gained from a clothes swap some months ago, perfect for the applique bird design.

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After a little bit of measuring and cutting I e-mailed Becky a couple of potential designs, based on our conversation:

Commissioned Bag

Some feedback later, and a bit more time …. Tada one commissioned bag complete:)

With some lovely feedback:

“Just received my beautiful customised bag, how lovely to have something made just to my taste and to suit my needs!   Thank you so much, Vicky, the bag is perfect and will really help when I go out with Sam as I will finally be able to take all the things he might need but still keep my hands free to look after him properly.  The finish of the bag is exceptional and the little applique bird makes me smile every time I look at it :-)”

We’ve been on hols this week so I was delighted to finish the bag just before we left, for our spring week in a caravan.. I think the bag was more spring like than the weather!!!

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21 comments so far.

21 responses to “How would you design your perfect bag?”

  1. I really enjoyed reading about the story behind this bag. The bird really adds that little bit extra to the bag πŸ™‚ Hope you don’t freeze this week πŸ™‚

  2. t1ckledp1nk says:

    What a lovely post. So great to hear about how the bag came about and that the customer was so happy with it. I love the little bird, so cheerful.

  3. Natalie says:

    It’s no surprise the customer was happy with her bag, it’s wonderful!

  4. That worked out really well and the little bird is a perfect finish for it. What a nice commission.

  5. Gertie says:

    Well done on your commission. I can see why she was pleased with it. The little bird is cute xx

  6. CatkinJane says:

    How lovely to have someone who had some idea of what they would like! and it looks a great result:)

  7. Simmi says:

    Awww what a lovely bag and what lovely feedback! So nice to be able to work so closely with the recipient too πŸ™‚ Simm i x

  8. Janice says:

    Great result and sounds like the perfect customer πŸ™‚

  9. Jellybean HQ (@JellybeanHQ) says:

    Love this!!

  10. triciakokoszka says:

    What a sweet bag! Thanks for linking up the Upcycled Linky party at

  11. Maryanne says:

    FANTASTIC Vicky!!! What a wonderful idea…Becky is a lucky mummy and her feedback just says it all!!!

  12. Lisa says:

    What a lovely post and great to see how the bag was designed from start to finish. Great bag too

  13. Get Crafty says:

    Well done! Your bag looks amazing πŸ™‚

  14. It looks great! Perfect size and I love the decrations too πŸ™‚ Avis x

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