One of the main parts of the bag is the handle. In the past I've usually sewn the handles out of fabric, although sometimes I purchase leather handles to add to the bag. One thing that I've often wanted to try is to recycle handles from a discarded bag onto a new one.
A few weeks ago, I was in the Goodwill store and came across a whole bunch of bags that were priced between four and $10.
these five bags cost $26.00 all together with the tax.
I immediately set about the deconstruction.
A person can learn a lot by observing how a commercial bag is assembled!
After this take-apart phase must come the "thinking about" phase, which can take a while.
In my case, it co-incided with a "sewing with Tim Holtz fabris" phase, and an "english paperpiecing hexagons" phase....
these hexagons are bigger than ones I've used before, two inches on each side, so as to show off the amazing fabrics,
After a while, my path became more clear.
I decided to use the hanles and bottom section from this black bag,
I sewed the hexagons together into a horizontal section three hexies tall, (by machine)
quilting was mostly straight lines and curves from corner to corner,
Next, I backed it with a rectangle of foam interfacing, my favorite is by Annie's Soft and Stable. I did some very simple quilting
I sewed the handles on by hand as well.
it has a very simple lining, which was cut extra tall so that I just folded it down over the top edge of the bag to finish the edge.