I wanted to make a bag that was smaller than my purse, but that I could fit my phone in and maybe some cash and ID. So I looked for some ideas and found a cute bag made from old jeans pockets. I dug through my stash and found an old pair of jeans that had pockets I thought would work. I cut the back pockets off along with the fabric behind them, which I trimmed close to the pockets except for the top edge, which I needed to attach closure flaps.
I made flaps from some fabric I like. Also, I made a long adjustable strap, so the bag could be a crossover. I used some hardware from my stash as well. The flaps close with velcro. I sewed the two pockets together back to back, but I need to do a little hand stitching in a place that would not go through my machine.
I decided that the bag needed a little bit of decoration, so near the bottom edge (on both sides), I stamped a butterfly with archival ink. Because I was stamping on fabric, some of the ink soaked into the fabric, and wasn't very dark.
I used a tiny brush to paint the butterfly with acrylic paints, working in stages for the different colors and for both sides of the bag. I used a stylus to put white dots on the wings. When all the paint was dry, I went over the black outlines with a sharpie marker to darken them. Then I gave the butterflies a coat of matte gel medium.
I really love how the butterflies turned out. And I'm happy with the bag.
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