Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Brea Bag

Today when I was in the grocery store I picked up some of that Arm & Hammer carpet deodorizer, the stuff you sprinkle on and vacuum up. I sprinkled it around in my living room (where the carpet is surely older than I am! yay Rental carpets!) and was instantly overpowered by the scent. I was completely unprepared for how overwhelming it is in the time between sprinkling it on and vacuuming it up! Then when I went to vacuum it up i got halfway done the living room when the vacuum started to make a funny noise and there was a whiff of rubber smoke, which really added to the overall scent I had going. So I unplugged the vacuum and turned it over to find a whole wig's worth of hair clogging up the roller bar. (Sorry, you weren't eating were you?) So I finally got the vacuum fixed and got it all vacuumed up but now I forgot what I was going to tell you. I'm sure I had a really funny story or something but... gone.

So I'll just show you my Brea Bag instead.

Brea Bag

Pattern: Brea Bag (free pattern link)
Yarn: Mystery chunky weight yarn bought in a mill ends bag years ago.
Mods: Knit with size 8 needles; subbed chunky weight for 2 strands worsted weight

Brea Bag 1

I knit a little flap and used a magnetic snap for a closure instead of a button and loop.

Brea Bag inside

Lined with some random cotton from stash. I sewed a patch pocket on the lining for my cell phone.

Brea Bag strap

I cut 1/4 inch strips from the leftovers of my leather bag project and braided a 5 strand braid for the strap. I folded a rectangle of the same leather around a metal ring and sewed that over each braid end. Then I hand stitched the strap loops on the purse itself and voila!

The only thing I'm not 100% happy with is that the strap is about 4" longer than it needed to be. It's in that awkward length where it's not a long strap but it's not short enough to really just tuck under your arm either. Oh well. In all, I'm really happy with it.


  1. Love, love, love it! Mine is finished but still missing a strap, and I'm sure hoping to find one before I post the pic. I'm heading out of town Monday and going to check out the thrift stores in that town and see if I can find a strap. I'm getting desperate! :) I am totally cracking up about the vacuum problem... that's happened to me before!

  2. I love your bag. You did a great job lining it. No easy task, I'm sure. Thanks for stopping in to say hi!

  3. It looks awesome!!! Great job!! I love the lining too...you're so creative!!!

  4. I love this bag! It is lovely and i especially am inspired by your strap. I knitted and felted a huge bag a couple of years ago and have never been happy with the strap-now I have an idea! Happy New Year and may your vacuum always work =)!

  5. love your version of the bag, I made one myself recently (too lazy to line it lol) and I used carpet webbing to make a strap, which I'm quite happy with!


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