I’ve cut out the next handbag and am ready to start sewing. I was going to almost finish it yesterday, but an unexpected plumbing/drain problem at an elderly relative’s house caused my available sewing time to evaporate. Today I hope to get a lot of it done (drains permitting). So far I am liking the IKEA fabric. It is very sturdy and takes a pressing nicely. I had to plan the layout so that the bird motifs were centered and so that the fronts and backs were the same. The lining is cut from heavy cream-colored canvas, and I am going to have pockets and zippered pockets on each side of the lining. For the strap on the red purse I used quilt batting inside the strap, but for this strap I purchased some strapping in 1 1/2″ width which I will cover with the fabric. Instead of quilt batting to give the body of the purse structure, this time I am going to use some heavy interfacing, I think it is called Peltex, that I had in the stash.
Here is a picture of my daughter holding the red bag so you can see the size of the purse.