I’ve been using my current handbag pretty much every day for the last three years, and it was looking pretty crappy to be honest. Not to mention my very tired and grubby wallet that’s been on the go for even longer.
A quick trip down the road to The Village Haberdashery, where I picked up some of this gorgeous canvas with neon yellow blobs:
The Have-it-all Wallet pattern is a winner as far as I’m concerned. Exactly the right number of card pockets, a zippy bit for coins, and loads of other pockets for notes and assorted crap. Done and done.
The handbag, however, was slightly less straightforward. I own about a million handbag patterns (it’s an illness), but none of them quite fit the bill. They were either too small, too big, were cross-body style, didn’t open the way I wanted, or didn’t quite fulfil some other random and highly specific requirement. I’m picky, what can I say?
Then I remembered that I love my Super Tote for Big Days Out when I need to take a whole load of crap with me. It’s got everything going for it design-wise, it just happens to be a bit on the massive side. Simple enough, then, to chop it down by three inches and make something that’s perfect for day-to-day use.
Instead of making fabric handles, I used some rolled leather handles that I’ve had stashed for ages. I like the slightly more formal look they give.
And it matches the wallet. The jury’s out on whether that’s spectacularly fashion forward or spectacularly pathetic. From a mental health perspective, I’m sticking with the former.