Thursday, January 5

Buttons and ribbon plaid purse

Something things just come together unexpectedly. A couple of months ago I got two 20-yard spools of grey satin ribbon and a bunch of grey and gold buttons from a discount fabric store by fishing into a huge pot. From the beginning I wanted to use them on a purse. But how? Then I saw a really inspiring picture of a pretty purse made by a french designer. A few days later, someone gave me a yard of this wonderful grey suede-like fabric. And it all clicked together. I spent the weekend planning and sewing... My new button purse. 

The shape is a pretty simple book bag with a rounded corners flap. 
Then I wennt to town with the ribbon, setting it up in a pseudo-plaid pattern

A lot of thinking went into the layout of the interior: 

Of course the choice of a nice lining fabric... Grey and yellow are so perfect together

The main compartment is divided in two large sub sections, Each with inside pockets

I added two large pockets in the from for easy access of essential items : cell phone, sun glasses and access badge for work

More ribbon and buttons on the long shoulder strap

Love love love it .. and my iPad fits in there perfectly!


  1. That is gorgeous! Great job - looks so professional.

  2. Stunning - this is beautiful - great work.

  3. I love this! Can you do a tutorial with your measurements and stuff? I always have problems with making my straps look nice. I love the pockets too! I want one in the same colors! LOL

  4. The plaid ribbon effect is awesome!!! LOVE all those pockets!!! You've created a fabulous bag. I'd love for you to share this (and any other bags) at a linky I have that's exclusively for bags and totes...

  5. This bag is gorgeous!! I love the inside. The more pockets the better. It is fabulous.

  6. Happy New Year! This is one of your best bags ever. I'm totally in love with the color, details, everything! Thanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House!

  7. So pretty!!! I love it. The colors are great.

  8. This bag is just GORGEOUS! I love everything about it - the fabulous ribbon and button design on the front, the lovely material you used for the lining - and the style! Brilliant!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  9. What an amazing transformation!! They really made that bag look great and fresh!
    Feel free to submit this to my link party, would love to share it with more people!

  10. What a gorgeous bag! I love the effect of the ribbon with the buttons - they totally transform the flap.

  11. Ribbons and buttons are 2 of my most favorite things - this is amazing! I pinned it!

  12. This is so beautiful !

    I hope you will share this at my party, Some Good Stuff:


  13. What a fun bag makeover - I love the ribbon and buttons - darling! I am stopping by from TT&J -


  14. Great job :) super creative!

    If you get a chance, love for you to share this at my Link Party:


  15. WOW!!!!! That turned out totally AweSome!! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty at the Kiss & Tell party over at my place!

  16. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing @'Sew Cute Tuesday'!

  17. I am totally pinning and featuring this porject at the party! turned out so pretty!


  18. Oh my's absolutely gorgeous!

    Thank you for being a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17!


  19. What a great bag! Thanks so much for linking up to Made With Love! I'm featuring you on the FB page today!

  20. I'd love to try this one. I don't know how to do the inside divider, though. The basic bag I can do, just have no idea how to do that divider!


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