I love this bag. I wanted something to match my new red coat (and since that, new red glasses) and cheer me up on a cold winter's day when I was at work. I also wanted a bag with a phone pocket big enough for my Blackberry. The answer was this cheeky tartan handbag. I love the way the red pokes out of the formal suit material, it's irreverant and it makes me smile.
Cost to make: - £5
Fabric from old suit - free 1m tartan fabric - £3.50
Fleece lining - remnant - £1.50
Black cotton thread
Piece of semi-disposable chopping board as facing (!)
Free Sequins for embellishment - left over from past project
Time to make - hard to estimate as I did it in bits and pieces. About 20 hours over 2 weeks, I think.
Instructions - I'm not sure I can give instructions on this, as I made it from a fabby book I was given for Christmas. I love it and it really fuels my crafting lust. Yes, I am sad. Many hours have been spent pouring over this, as well as Cath Kidston's 'Make':
I did make a few changes - the original is beige linen with a yellow patterned fabric. I also made the straps longer so it has become a shoulder bag, rather than a handbag - and I made the lining the contrasting fabric (tartan) rather than the original fabric. It looks great though.