I recently discovered Shamash and sons fabrics, and managed to get hold of their multi colour matryoshka dolls fabric on a black background (and their fabulous mermaids fabric). The company has decided not to manufacture their range anymore so all their fabrics are discountinued and this russian dolls one is highly sought after. There are so many things I want to make with this, but I decided to use it for a new project: a little bag for a mobile phone/ipod/pda etc.
I was inspired by those cute little bags (matching the bigger handbags) in some of my japanese books, and wanted to make one that is roomy enough to hold several items (like an ipod and a mobile phone for example). I didn’t follow a pattern but just made an adapted mini version of a messenger bag. I wanted the strap to be detachable so that it can be used hanging from the strap/handle of a handbag or hanging from a jean’s belt loop. The strap is attached to the little bag with snaps, and I embellished the area where the snaps are on the bag with a flower shaped wool felt.
I also made another one with an Amy Butler peacock bird fabric.
If you want to make a small bag like this, these are the points to be aware of:
* it can be tricky to sew the lining to the outside fabric at the top part of the bag as it’s to small to fit around the sewing machine’s free arm, so go slowly if you want a perfect straight stitch
* you need snaps with long prongs if you want to attach the strap with snaps (the ones from snapsource are good for this) as normal snaps will struggle with several layers of fabric/interfacing/padding, otherwise a better option may be a button with a buttonhole or a sew in velcro
Stay tuned for my next project: a porfolio organizer.