I've been making a new skirt. It's in a lovely slinky-drapey navy fabric, but it's not finished yet because it needs a zipper and I've been struggling to insert one without a proper zipper foot – so all zipper projects are still on hold. But it's all cut out and ready and I have some fabric left over.
I'm a sucker for matching accessories – I made the Molly bag to match my Paper Bag Skirts. So I decided to make a new handbag to go with this navy skirt. But I only had a little fabric left over and looked around for a pattern that would only use a small amount – and I came across the Buttercup bag – perfect.
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The pattern is free to download with great instructions and the bag was ready in no time. I didn't have any interfacing, so I just left it without and the bag is rather soft and floppy. I also didn't have a magnetic snap so I had to sew on a regular snap fastening. The problems of limited sewing supplies.
I was really happy with the bag. But I wanted more bling – I had these blue rhinestones I got from the fabric shop. I had no idea what I was going to do with them at the time I bought them, but I really liked the color. I thought they would look great on the bag. But how do I stick them on? I know, I've got a glue gun.
It's a mini glue gun, very tiny and takes the small little glue sticks. I'd bought it ages ago and then never used it – my usual story. I even laid them out in a lovely scrolling pattern. But actually getting them on the bag in this pattern was damned impossible. I tried applying a tiny bit of glue to the back of the rhinestones, but the tip of the glue gun was too hot and I kept burning my fingers. So I tried to apply a little glue to the bag, but the blobs were too big, or I would get all these stringy glue bits everywhere, or it would be no longer tacky by the time I got the stone on it. It was nothing short of a disaster. So I gave up and I have one side plain and one side with an assortment of random messy blue stones and a lot of spare glue. Sigh.
But – the bag is awesome. It's just the right size and shape, uses a small amount of fabric and I love it. I'm sorry I messed up with the glue gun. I can see I'll be making more of these in the future.