Tuesday, 21 February 2012
It's in the can
As I said in my last post, I needed some empty aluminium cans to decorate a bag I envisaged making.
I wasn't having much luck finding them, but when I was driving to do my weekly shop I saw a couple thrown onto the grass verge at the side of the road. For once I was glad to see litter!
If you remember the jacket with the glass pieces on that gave me the inspiration, then you'll see that this has turned out quite a bit different. The pieces are shiny, but not smooth, as I decided to emboss them with different designs.
The outside fabric started life as a laptop bag that my daughter made a while ago but gave to me for scrap. I cut it up to the size I wanted and used some of the original spare fabric she had to make the strap.
I've lined it with fabric from a pillow case and added an open pocket plus a handy little key fob
and also a zipped pocket, which is the first one I've done and I'm pretty pleased with it.
I'd intended to fasten it with a magnetic clasp, but I seem to have misplaced them, so I've put a loop and button on.
I thought about making a button out of the aluminium but it would have been too thin on it's own, and then I had the idea of using a milk bottle top! I used it to cover a plain button and stuck a piece of fabric on the back to smooth it off. What I like about it is, if you look closely at it you can make out the 'use by' date which is FEB 15 so is a good reminder of when I made it (ok it wasn't 15th but close).