When I emailed pictures of my new silk saris to my sister Anne she loved the green one with the little elephants on it. She said, "Oooo, wouldn't that make a pretty bag?" So because I had a ton of silk left over, I decided to try making a bag. I did some fancy piecing to take best advantage of the borders and this is the result:
Pretty cute, huh? I had som leftover black velvet from the jeans I made a couple weeks ago so lined it with that:
The button is a Czech glass button that was in my button box which has a very cute elephant on it.
The secret to making the bag is using a good, stiff, iron-on interfacing to stiffen the silk which is very fluid. I liked this one so much I decided to try making one with the gold silk I used for my "deer" shirt:
I had some silk dupioni in a deep burgundy with a gold iridescence to it so I used that for the lining:
I'm not sure if I like the button which is also Czech glass so I may change it.
Well, I'm going to send the green one to Anne and I'll probaly make a couple more, they are so easy to make --- basically just four rectangles (bottom, sides, handles, closure loop) cut from the silk, interfacing and lining. I made the second one in about an hour.
This is a fun, entertaining project for when I am in between bigger projects. And a good way to use up stash scraps that were too pretty to throw out.
Thanks for reading.