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My July

This month I finally got around to executing an idea I've been floating around with for almost a year. And it feels great to get it done!

Let's begin with the back story... It all began two years ago when my boyfriend asked me to make a new messenger bag for him. He came up with the idea of zipping on and off a panel on the flap to change the theme of the bag. Making the bag itself was a challenge for me (he wanted so many pockets!) and really proved to myself what I could do. And then about a year ago I thought about adding the design to my store but really struggled with what to put on the panels. My problem was the five panels my boyfriend came up with for his bag were all based on licensed characters. I had a play with coming up with my own but it just wasn't right. I eventually moved on from the idea, even though I'd bought all the zips needed. Finally I decided it was time when I found some cool fabrics that would be suitable. Of course I then had to decide which fabrics to proceed with!

The patterned fabric, all ready to be cut into panels

The panels zip on and off with separating zippers and features piping trim to accent the pattern and discreetly cover the zip. And when you want to dial it down, the bags can be worn without a panel for a classic look. The bags also feature multiple pockets - a large open pocket under the flap, open pouch pockets inside and of course my new favourite, the zippered pocket in the lining. An adjustable strap ensures a comfortable length and the bag closes with two magnetic snaps.

Pick Your Pattern bags - in store here

In other news I had my second stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets which was a positive experience. It was another busy day and I enjoyed the kind comments from passersby. I'm still working on my stall as it's growing and playing with the set up. I'll have a slightly different display again at the next market on the 10th August.

The Old Bus Depot Markets on July 13

Happy Handbags...