Sunday, January 29, 2012

My First Woven Bag!

Remember this project? Well, a couple weeks ago I turned the tapestry into a bag.

I started with a piece that, once off the loom, looked like this:

Then I bought some fabric from a very helpful lady at one of many fabric stores in the fashion district in Midtown, and sewed the fabric onto the tapestry as an inside lining for the bag.

Then I folded the tapestry up onto itself to create a front, back, and front flap. I then attached a button to the front, which would get a corresponding loop on the front flap for closure.

For the strap, I took leftover yarn from the same skein I used for the bag and braided it together.

I then attached the completed strap to the body of the bag using leftover yarn from the same skein.

Here is the bag with the open flap. You can see the loop that is used as a closure for the button attached to the body of the bag.

Here is the front of the finished bag. I love how these colors work together!

Here's the back of the finished bag. It worked out nicely that the front of the bag and the flap of the bag had similar color tones, and the back of the bag has some different but very pretty lighter variations.

And this is the end result!

It was a lot of work, and there was a bunch of trial and effort, but it was worth it. I'm really proud of this piece-- my first project on my tapestry loom and the first bag I've made out of woven materials since I was in college. I plan on making more, so you may see some similar ones on the blog soon.

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