I like nice bags. I like my purses to be nice looking as well as functional. I just figure a bag from K-Mart carries your stuff as well as a bag from some fancy designer, and at a fraction of the prices.
I've made several versions of a purse called the BFF Bag. I thought it was a Lazy Girl but I just checked their web site and if it is, it's no longer in print. Or maybe I have the wrong designer. It happens.
My cousins love handbags too. They purchase a lot of Vera Bradley bags. They go to the factory a couple of times a year for the sales and get all the pretty designs and colors. I actually got a very nice brown and white patterned bag for my birthday one year from my favorite aunt!
Last fall I found a rack of VB bags at my local resale store... non-Goodwill variety. I picked up a nice bag for $14.99. Which is NO WHERE NEAR what they retail for, just in case you were wondering.
I am cheap about handbags remember.
The ladies checked on line and it was an old pattern for Vera, like 10 years old. It must have been in someone's closet and got donated recently during a clean out or something.
I carried it most of the winter. It was starting to show some wear on the handles.
I bought some webbing for new straps.
|And some D rings.|
|Then I cut off the offending straps, sewed the D ring to the body of the bag, and added the new straps.|
|Clips held the straps so I could sew them to the D Rings.|