Tribal Print Wristlet

It has been a few weeks [gasp] since I had locked myself away in my craft room for some quality sewing time. During my hiatus, my mental creative to-do list kept growing like wildfire. I had been feeling cluttered and crippled. So I did what always makes me feel better and spent Friday purging and cleaning my space.

machine

my new clean space!

I could hardly wait for daybreak on Saturday to get started! Only problem: while I had been craving a new design, said design hadn’t come with pattern or fabric cravings so here I was feeling overwhelmed with color, pattern and texture choices (I have a bit of a fabric addiction).

But then out peeked this beauty from the stash:

fabric flat

A few months ago a friend on Instagram had offered up a great black tribal print flat fold that I hadn’t yet cut into. I had packed up some red pleather (or as I liked to say “vegan leather”) to take to my friend Shanika, but cut off a piece for one last hurrah.

I knew I wanted to create a wristlet because the Super Tote I carry to work is a bit large (I know, that was the point) and requires me to have something to catch all my necessities so they don’t get lost. I have been using a clutch that I then dump into a cross-body for the weekend. I wanted something that could go from wristlet during the week to cross-body for the weekend without having to switch it out twice a week.

So off I go into my design cloud and – poof! – out comes my new zip-top wristlet / cross-body.

wristlet{On another note – I’m wearing Mint & Gold Horizontal Pinstripe Jamberry nail wraps which I love.}

Remember that heart I showed you on Sunday’s post? Well, here it is on the inside of the bag:

insideThe interior is a vintage yellow polka dotted tablecloth. The pocket in the photo above is from my scrap fabric pile. On the other side of the interior (closest, but you can’t see it very well) is a larger pocket that matches the exterior of the bag. I found the teal zipper at a garage sale. It’s been sitting in my stash waiting for the right moment. It matched the exterior perfectly and adds an extra pop of color (which I love!). The detachable wristlet handle is made from scrap fabric.

The bag is slightly more shallow than I had intended. I’m working on the pattern and the next version will be a bit deeper. Once I get the pattern just right, I’ll post some in the shop on Etsy. If you’re lovin’ the tribal print, I’ve got quite a bit left and can take custom orders (submit a request on this page for more details!).

What’s your favorite feature of my new bag?

 

 

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