I just realized it's April already, so I had better get on the ball and post a new challenge!
I'm actually still putting the finishing touches on my scarf bag, but that's okay, I'll post it soon.
The scarf challenge, sadly, didn't generate much participation.The scarf challenge gallery
is up for viewing.
The new theme is...neckties.
About time, huh?
So get a stash of neckties from the thrift store, or from a family member, and use them as the handle, or the side, or as the bag itself.
The great thing about neckties is the fabrics are often wild, fantastic, novelty prints.
If you have questions about washing the fabrics, I have lots of information on my necktie blog.
Let's shoot for finishing these by May 31.
Please email me a jpg at barbian 7(at)yahoo(dot)com, and I'll post the gallery by June 1.
Here are a few examples to get you inspired to create something fun (and of course I'll continue to post examples in the next few weeks).
Necktie bag from the etsy shop Devore Jones
Patchwork by Etui Design
Designer Katie Sonin describes the construction as "quilt blocks of recycled neckties and scarves with hand embroidered embellishments. Bag body is faux suede. Straps are seatbelts trimmed with jacquard ribbon".
Another gorgeous and unusual bag by Etui Design
, this one called Sutton
These bags are available on her website
The bags utilize neckties and vintage scarves.Messenger bag by Betsy Grace
Several variations of necktie bags are available in the etsy shop Tart Design
This shoulder bag by bakkems
uses a necktie for the side thickness and handle.
The rest of the purse is made of a recycled shirt and upholstery samples.
This bag is currently available in her etsy shop: minimeg
Labels: Challenge 10, project #9 gallery