Friday, January 8, 2010

Mixed Feelings

I just finished this bag--yes, finished it! I am very good at starting projects, not so good at finishing them. But this one is done and listed on my Etsy shop. As I look at it, I have mixed feelings. Part of me loves the bold colors--the white, blue, and yellow plastic bags just went so nicely together--but the other part of me thinks that it's way too bright, and that my usual favorites (neutrals) are better.

This is only the second time I've lined a tote. Since I never do things exactly the same way twice, I made a few changes this way around. The top corners of the pockets are reinforced more strongly this time, and one pocket has a flap. Maybe next time I'll do a zippered pocket.

If you're not yet familiar with what I do--I work exclusively with recycled materials. The exterior of this one is crocheted with about 75 plastic bags donated by friends and Freecyclers (yay Freecyle!). The lovely soft gray lining fabric once covered the walls of a sound booth which has since been demolished. The handle and hardware came from an old purse I found at Goodwill (the body of the purse was stained and unusable).

I just finished ripping apart this bag. I used it heavily for a while, but it's just too small to be useful to me any more, and too worn to sell or give away. Besides, I was never happy with the handles. So I'm going to re-use the plarn to make a new handbag. I can't wait to get started--that big ball of lovely neutral beige and brown is just calling my name. :)


RecycleCindy said...

I just had to leave a comment after seeing your lovely plastic bag purse. I just love the colors and the use of the old purse strap just finishes it off so nicely. What really impressed me was the inside of the bag. I just love the pockets and lining you created. I'm not much of a sewing person and just have to admire your beautiful lining. Congrats on your beautiful upcycled bag!

Rose said...

Thanks so much for the compliment, Cindy! I know you're the "go-to" person on the web for plarn patterns and tips, so I feel honored to receive your comment.

Kimbles said...

What a beautiul bag you have made - I love the bright colours and the inside has really impressed me - so near and tidy. Well done to you!

Ketutar said...

I think the bag is great, but I don't think the brown leather works with the bold colors. I'd used white, grey or black.