Occasionally, I will make myself a bag.
I'm kinda picky about bags I use, see. So picky that I often don't think homemade will do. Especially fabric homemade. I like my bags to be leather (if I'm feeling rich). Or vinyl (if I'm feeling middle-class). Or nylon (if I suspect I might be running through dirt and mud and snow). So I buy my bags instead, because commercially-made bags are often in those materials.
There's nothing original about this bag, incidentally. It's a complete knock-off of an Old Navy piece I saw earlier in the summer, except that the O.N. version was solid-color vinyl. And much as I like solid anything, I wanted something a little edgier, preferably in a very neutral color (but not black) that would go with all my clothes because I am too lazy to swop out my purses and handbags as I slide along the fashion color spectrum from day to day. And also preferably with custom pockets for idiotic things that only I put in my bags, like my entire cosmetic collection, 6 different pens, CDs and my travel mug of tea du jour.
In a combination of homedec fabric, stabilized with canvas, and upholstery vinyl.
Here's the bag opened up - piping around the base and vinyl strips along the sides,
that terminate in buckles,
into which the shoulder strap fits,
adjustable from short so the bag can be carried on one shoulder,
to long so it can be worn cross-body. I've learned that until my kids go to college and I no longer have to subconsciously leave at least one hand free for emergency herding and pointing, cross-body bags are my best friends.
The opening of the bag is drawcord through grommets,
fastened with a cordstop
and ending in tassels.
Here is the inside:
Quilting cotton, backed with sew-in interfacing, and with pockets,
not that you can see them,
so I'll flip the bag inside out.
Here's pocket #1 - a zippered welt.
On the other side are Pockets #2 and #3:
for sunglasses, cellphone and general flotsam and jetsam.
I am sorta tempted to sometimes use this bag inside out, because the aqua is so pretty with the vinyl. But one of those 6 pens is going to trash up that lining before long, so I'll just stick to grey-side-out.
Because I know you're going to ask, let me just say No, I'm not going to do a tutorial or pattern for this bag, okay? Like I said, it's not even original. You can go to Old Navy to see one like it in person and make your own facsimile thereof. And if you do make your own vinyl bag, consider a leather needle. It is the wonderfullest thing next to an industrial sewing machine, and infinitely cheaper.
Now I must finish my wallets. I procrastinated and made an entire bag to justify it, but, still.