I have two girls. The big one loves pandas. The little one loves flamingos. These handbags were inspired by their obsessions. Both feature a front pocket and a zippered closure to keep everything inside (it would be a catastrophe to lose one’s favorite flavor of Lip Smackers!)
When I came across this Panda fabric, I immediately thought of my Cora girl. She has been Panda crazed for a while, so I loved seeing a print in turquoise and navy instead of black and white! There are two other similar prints in this line from Cotton + Steel (view the collection here). I also liked it’s subtlety; you kind of have to look twice to see the pandas. I used another print from the same designer, Alexia Marcelle Abegg, for the bottom and strap accents. I used a solid navy for the piping and straps. And of course, I added a monogram to the outer pocket with my Baby Lock Sofia 2. Because all 10 year olds need personalization!
For Lily’s, I used a flamingo print from Andover fabrics and a pink and gray houndstooth from Riley Blake. I used a solid bright pink for the piping and accent on the strap. I used Baby Lock’s awesome piping foot to make and attach the piping for both bags.
Another awesome foot from Baby Lock, it has a raised portion in the center so I can stitch very close to my piping, closer than I can get with a zipper foot. It has become a foot I can’t do without (like my gathering foot, which I wrote about here).
I love my silly girls. And I loved designing and sewing these handbags for them. I’m working on a pattern and hope to have it available for you soon! (I’m looking for pattern testers, let me know if you’re interested!)
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