As of a few weeks ago this was my purse (aka old bag). I've used it for years and love it.
But it was starting to wear out.
Boho bags were all the rage and a dear lady named Gerry K posted a tutorial on how she made hers and also sold some kits with fabric in her etsy store.
So, I made a pattern of my old bag, bought some fabrics from Gerry and used some tips from her tutorial, added some of my own fabrics and some stitching and some thrift store finds and made myself a new purse.
I had embroidered a rose on some taffeta thinking I would use it for a long purse strap but later decided it wouldn't work as a strap so turned it into a purse side.
This is the other side of the purse - again, I painted some lace and crocheted up a wild Irish rose.
Since I am not good at pattern making I made the bag a little too loose on the inside so had to add some drawstrings in casing to keep all my stuff from falling out. But I kind of like what I did with my mistakes. It sat for months waiting for me to figure out what to do with a purse whose contents would spill out after all the work I had put into it.
I used up a lot of trims I had in my stash from thrift stores.
I'm going over to the usual Tuesday linky party at Quilting by the River to show off.