The bags start with a plastic canvas base. Here is mine, with goodies inside.
The base is then covered with pieces of felted sweater. Done BY HAND, the sweater pieces are sewn on wrong sides together. The seams become part of the embellishment and texture. Here is my bag with it's slipcover on. She's ready to be embellished.
Doesn't look like much right now, does it? The pocket I decided I didn't want on the front, so I moved it to the side before beginning covering the bag with fru fru. And speaking of fru fru, here's mine. Oh, and look at those gorgeous handles. Kathy makes those handles. Every one is different. Aren't they beautiful? This is only a small portion of "stuff" that I'm putting on my bag.
My bag is quite far along now, and I'll post photos when it is finished. But, here is a picture of one of Kathy's bags. THIS BAG IS NOT MINE, but shows how these artsy bags look when finished:
The bags are done by hand, stitching every embellishment securely. They are lined and the handles sewn on. Lots of work. But, I am having a blast making mine. In fact, I bought two kits--the one you see above in rusts and pinks, and another in red. I start working on it and get lost in time. A good place to be!
More to come. As it progresses.