Yeah, that's what I have been busy with for the past 2 weeks.
I was working on this crochet bag for a friend of mine, Susie, who had left the work at the clinic for another job. I thought a crochet bag will be the best gift that I can give her since she's also my crochet and knitting friend!
Before I reveal the finished product, let me talk a little about how the entire idea of the bag came about. In the beginning, I wanted to make this Fat Purple Bag that I saw on Ravelry. But as I went along with it, I realised that it's really small and not the kind of bag that I want to make for her. So I modified the pattern suing the concepts of increasing stitches for the puffy-look in the Fat Purple Bag. I didn't understand the last part on the basting and the handles, so I made it my own way. The result really wasn't too bad, but it didn't look good enough. Then I tried salvaging it by sewing up the bottom to create the look I wanted to achieve from the very beginning. I altered the bottom of the bag 3 times before I was satisfied with the way it looks. I crochet a scallop edging at the top, attached knitted straps, embellished it with buttons of a contrasting colour, stitched a lining, and this is what I got in the end.
the bag with my noticeboard as background...
And for all that I went through, I think this bag is truly worth the name of Serendipity Bag.
I really like the way the buttons matches the bag
I'm so glad that my mini sewing machine was working! I sewed the sides of the lining using the machine but had to hand stitch the lining itself to the bag.
Ahhh, really proud of this very first bag that I crochet. My hands are itching to make more and more!!!