Are you ready for a quiz?
Stop fainting, people. It's very easy - all you need to do is identify bag types!
I thought about how to do a roundup of bags for you to analyze and didn't feel at all comfortable trawling the internet for DIY bag tutorials. Nobody likes their handmade stuff pigeonholed into boring bag categories, right? We all want to think our handmade bags are supremely unique and magical. This is why I've only analyzed my own handmade bags in this series for you - I don't care if you scrutinize my bags along with me and label or deconstruct them in your heads. That way I don't have to write tutorials on how to actually make them because you'll already know how to make them!
So instead, I picked a commercial bag catalog - Boden's women's bags, specifically. I like Boden. I shamelessly covet their coats. But the bags are lovely, too.
So here's how it works. If you are so inclined, go to Boden's women's bag page here and try to categorize each of those 10 bags into the seven categories we discussed in our Make A Bag series:
1 Flat (lined or unlined)
2 Darted (includes boxed totes)
You may not find a bag for each category; some will share the same category. Don't forget to click on all the views of each bag, for better scrutinizing.
If you want something more handmade, may I suggest Martha Stewart? Nobody does handmade more glamorously than Martha. Here is her 21-bag roundup.
For extra credit, go categorize her 21 bags. Again, don't forget to click on the How To links to access more photos of each bag and even templates and instructions. A heads-up: you might be surprised at your results! Or maybe not - afterall, Martha is the queen of beautiful details (you're welcome for the big hint).
Answers tomorrow. No prizes, other than the satisfaction of knowing that, now, no bag is a stranger to you.