Bag dreams come alive

It has been such a fun couple of weeks, making bags with fabric with my own pattern designs! I just finished the fifth bag, which is a birthday gift to my mother who turned 65 the other day. I made hers with a pattern design called "Virginia" for the exterior fabric (fun fact is that it is named after my mothers middle name), and "Sahara Rokoko" for the interior fabric. They both are from my pattern collection COLONIAL INN and the color set "Pacific" which consists of coral and turquoise colors and hues. The zippers for the main compartment and the inner pocket is in a contrasting turquoise and I really like the outcome.

The bag is a traveler size about 40 cm long and 25 cm tall, with short handles.

The bag is a traveler size about 40 cm long and 25 cm tall, with short handles.

The exterior fabric is canvas linen and a contrasting brown faux vinyl leather.

The interior fabric with pattern design "Sahara Rokoko" is cotton. The roomy interior has a zippered side pocket.

Contrasting turquoise zippers make stylish details.

Contrasting turquoise zippers make stylish details.

Moms bag is a traveler size, which is big enough to use as a weekend- or overnight bag, but small enough to use as a city bag too. 

I made two more traveler sized bags:

This pattern is called "Morning Bloom" and is included in a pattern collection I'm still working on called GARDEN GROOVE. This is the "Morning" color set. Contrasting brown faux leather is a perfect match and makes the bag really stylish and gives it a downtown look.

This pattern is called "Morning Bloom" and is included in a pattern collection I'm still working on called GARDEN GROOVE. This is the "Morning" color set. Contrasting brown faux leather is a perfect match and makes the bag really stylish and gives it a downtown look.

Morning Bloom consists of small blossoms, buds and leaves in pinks, brown and green and makes an intricate, detailed pattern on a tan background

It was so much fun coming up with all the details, such as color of the matching lining and zippers. The inner side pocket surprises with a happy bright yellow zipper.

The long zipper for the main compartment opens wide for an easy access. The pink color matches perfectly with the pink blossoms, don't you think? :-)

The third traveler bag I made with a new print of my signature pattern Adrian Paisley. This time not on velvet as I used for the pillow cases, but on canvas linen which is a better material for bags and purses.

I really like how bright and vivid the colors came out. The interior is in a matching sand colored cotton fabric. Next time I will use a patterned fabric for the interior too, and I think I know already which one... I will also try to find a contrasting color for the zipper, like that gold color.

I really like how bright and vivid the colors came out. The interior is in a matching sand colored cotton fabric. Next time I will use a patterned fabric for the interior too, and I think I know already which one... I will also try to find a contrasting color for the zipper, like that gold color.

Last and least, well at least smaller, I made two hand bags at the same time. With the pattern design "Evening Bloom", same pattern as Morning Bloom I used in the traveler bag above, but in another color set. Also from the pattern collection GARDEN GROOVE.

The two Morning Bloom handbags are exactly the same, with short top handles and a long shoulder strap that is detachable.

The two Morning Bloom handbags are exactly the same, with short top handles and a long shoulder strap that is detachable.

Exterior fabric is canvas linen as the other, with bottom, handles and shoulder strap in faux vinyl leather.

Exterior fabric is canvas linen as the other, with bottom, handles and shoulder strap in faux vinyl leather.

The main compartment zipper is in a happy yellow hue, matching the inner compartment and side pocket that is also yellow. I seem to have forgotten to take pictures of the inside... but will add that soon.

From the side.

Making bags is almost addictive, and I can't wait to get started with my next one. I already have the exterior fabric, just thinking about what interior to use...

Making bags is almost addictive, and I can't wait to get started with my next one. I already have the exterior fabric, just thinking about what interior to use...

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