I decided to make this handbag from the Yoko Saito book called Strolling along paths of green.
I mentioned in my last post how I had appliquéd the front panel. Then I decided to keep to the pattern design and add the little leaves around the outer border, Even though the fabrics I was using are quite different than those pictured in the book.
I auditioned two different sizes and decided on the smaller size to fit well within the outer edge, because I wanted to be sure that I wouldn't lose the ends of them into the seam allowances.
I did spend some time and embroidering the little stem and white berries.
I decided to do hand quilting all around the cat faces.
For the back panel I really liked the combination of the brown and white lattice fabric and the cat fabric so I just reversed the placement of the fabrics from that used on the front.
Lots of echo quilting around the panel, and I used the lines on the brown fabric as a guide for the pumpkinseed design.
The interior lining is pretty bright fabric, this is a photo showing the gusset being attached.
It wasn't too hard to sew these pieces together.
A couple of handles later and turned inside out, and voilà a new handbag.
You know how you always critique something after you're finished making it?