A Felted Favorite

A few years ago, I was obsessed with the process of knitting and felting purses (and eventually bowls, vases and even plates). I soon as I finished one, I couldn’t wait to do another. Those of you that have felted, know what I’m talking about. The retro handbag featured on this post is one of my all time favorites.

The dimensions of this handbag are 16″ x 7″. Before it was felted, it was twice as big! It is fully lined and has a zipped pocket.

The flower motif is inspired by a mid-century textile design.

If you are knitter, you know that this project represents hours of work!

If you are interested in making this handbag yours, contact me for the price, loribeilby@yahoo.com.


Sweet Pea tote with funky fabric

I wanted to make something with this “Sweet Pea” tote pattern that I’ve had for a while. For the non-divergent thinker, it would be paired with fabrics that might be found on a Laura Ashley or Vera Bradley bag. I decided to make this pleated, circular tote with a combination of hand-dyed and bleached fabrics. The tote is fully lined with a contrasting print fabric and has two interior pockets. For a closure, it has a ceramic button that was made by my husband, Michael.

Both of the fabrics used in this tote were made from techniques that I will be sharing in my “Friday Night Fabric Party” workshops. If you’re interested in attending, click on this flyer: FridayNightFabricParty

This Sweet Pea tote is for sale on etsy.

Beverly Hills Bubble Bag

I’ve been wanting to make one of those fancy bubble bags that have been popular for a few seasons now. Instead of using metallic vinyl, I wanted to use recycled T-shirts. I found a Vogue pattern at Joann’s that I thought would serve me well. The bag I made is a patchwork of a total of nine T-shirts.

I hand-stitched along the seams with contrasting embroidery thread to give the bag a folksy flavor. For a closure, I used a ceramic button made by my husband, Michael.

The bag is completely lining with recycled T-shirts and has two interior pockets.

This bag is not on Etsy. I you are interested in this bag, or one like it contact me, loribeilby@yahoo.com.