A few days ago my adorable great niece Alexa told me how her friend had a handbag in which she could carry her crayons and a small drawing pad; her subtle way of asking me to make her a handbag. She loves everything I sew for her, but I usually have to guess at what she wants. This was one of the few times when she has asked me to sew something for her. Of course I jumped to it with this cross body bag. The fabric is a little mature for an eight year old, but she asked for black.
Anyway the bag is really simple, it has a zipper on top and is lined. I really like the handles stitched to the sides. This was a little tricky, and my finishing is not exactly perfect. I am sure Alexa won’t notice the bit of crooked stitching. I will have to work on it, maybe on the next bag.
The base is black linen that I purchased at fabric-store and the birch fabric I purchased from Ink and Spindle a couple of years ago and finally found a project for it. Still have enough for another purse or two. The great thing about handbags is that they don’t take a whole lot of fabric, so you can afford to splurge.