Now that I’ve been out and about with the new handbag, the verdict is that the handbag is comfortable to wear and works really well. I’m also trying to notice what things need to be changed or what pockets would be good to add. The next two bags are already cut out, an orange print that has been in the stash for years, and a newly acquired fuchsia and black print.
Ignore the acid green print, it was just auditioning to become another handbag. So far all the batting and interfacings have been applied, the zipper unit is sewn, strap is constructed, and the pockets for the body and the lining are in the works.
I was wondering if a fabric handbag could be successfully washed and end up looking as good as before, and I unfortunately got to find out when a pen leaked onto the front of the new denim bag. Lucky for me, I have an ancient stash of stain removers that have been out in the laundry cabinet for 15 years or more, and they still work great. They are the Carbona brand, and have saved many of my husband’s work shirts from a shortened, ink-stained life. In this case, the medium-size black ink stain came right out of the handbag. After machine washing and drying the bag, I just needed to press it a bit carefully so the plastic zipper wouldn’t be damaged, and the handbag was once again spiffy looking. It’s helpful to have some wooden pressing accessories to help with the pressing, and I think a pressing ham would help, too.
When my daughter was going to school in Texas, she really liked shopping at Hobby Lobby stores. We didn’t have any in our area, and the only one I’ve ever been in was down in Monterey. The big news around here this month is that a new Hobby Lobby is opening up in West County, so my daughter is rounding up me, my MIL, and my SIL to make a trek over there to look it over. It will be interesting to check out something different from a J0Ann’s or a M1chaels.