|Started||Oct 31, 2020|
|Completed||Nov 2, 2020|
|Notes||I am trying to learn how to do machine embroidery, this is far more difficult than I realised!
My daughter is a falconer, keeps owls and volunteers at a Raptor rescue centre, I made this as a gift for her. This handbag, and this eagle, seemed to be a good project.
She likes black things, so I have used some black denim for the main fabric, the lining is from quilting cotton, with a cute animal print.
I accidentally embroidered the eagle upside down, so decided to use this embroidery as an external pocket. I lined the pocket and used 2 magnetic fasteners. The embroidery took several hours to do, as the thread kept breaking - grrr!!!
I added 2 zipped internal pockets, one concealed with a zipper facing, the other visible with some embroidery on it (a sleeping caterpillar on a flower).
I kept the strap separate, used lobster clasps to attach to loops on the bag. I made a long strap, so the bag can be worn across the body, the fact that this is detachable will easily allow a shorter strap to be used if wanted.
There are many hours of work in this bag, it looks simple but is certainly not a quick project. I ordered the pattern at 100% size, I feel it may be better a bit bigger - maybe 120-150%.
I will definitely make this again - I would like one for myself now!