Before Christmas, I asked my friend Bonnie to make me a scarf. She crochets, and I don't. She graciously agreed, and so I asked her what she'd like me to make for her in return.
She pointed to her purse, which was just about to rip at the strap and asked me to make her a new one.
I told her no problem. Inside, though, I was panicking. I don't sew 3-dimensional things! I started reading up on purse construction..... I borrowed her existing purse that she liked, and I combined some ideas and drew up a pattern.
Then Bonnie decided that she wanted to keep one panel from her old purse and combine it with other new fabrics. Which scared me good because it meant I'd be destroying the old one to make a new one....
But for all my worrying, it came out super cute. The crocheted flower panel came from the old purse.
The brown is corduroy, and the brown/green is a velour home decor.
Here's a closeup of the bag.