I had a great week thrifting. Not to many sales in our area but I did hit one of my favorite places. Downtown is a Salvation Army branch that I fully believe has been forgotten!! I always walk out of there with good finds. This branch is a place I can easily get lost in, its big, and stuffed to the gills.
Here are my scores:
And I can’t wait to show you what I am doing with my dollar find. Orginally I was just going to strip it for the hardware but I really like its shape and size. I started thinking, yep it’s always dangerous when I start to think, usually means lots of work! And I decided to try my hand at reverse engeneering this bag. Why not? It’s simple, clean lines, and I figured it wouldn’t be too difficult to dismantle.
I’ll walk you through what I have so far….
Just as I had hoped it was easy to get the structure broken down. I picked the side seams, bottom, and top stitching first, being careful not to stretch it to much or rip it. I was able to salvage the O rings and the lobster clasps and I may use these in my final draft. For now I am more looking to make a pattern out of the pieces I picked apart. This particular bag has only 4 main pices: a main exterior, a main lining, and bottom ovals for the lining and main exterior. I lucked out and the lining pieces and exterior pieces measured the same!
After taking measurements and notes on the construction I set to work making my pattern. It was simple because I choose, for the first go around, to not take apart the exterior. I left the accent band in place and just traced the outline on paper marking the center point, so my pattern will now be cut on the fold.
After I outlined the main sections and the bottom oval I cleaned up my lines, took some final measurements to make sure I was still on point, and I have my pattern.
I have made similar bags so I have an idea of the steps to take when sewing. I’ll be back when I have decided what fabric to use and walk you through some more of the steps! Until then if you want to try your hand at this I would suggest starting with a bag that doesn’t have a complicated design or a simply constructed one.
Good luck and feel free to post your upcycled projects on Finn’s Door facebook page, I would love to see what you’re up to.
see you next time
PS Here’s a peek at what I have so far