Friday, July 14, 2006

The Frounchess Bag

Who was the Frounchess? The Frounchess was my dear, late cat who, according to family legend, used to put on her purple underwear, her boots and her pocketbook and go out and run errands while we were asleep. I think that this is the pocketbook she used. At least, there's nothing fussier than a ruffle, and fluffy, fussy ruffles evoke the Frounchess, and this bag has ruffles to spare.
Seriously though, I've been meaning to make a bag like this for a while, and WhipUp's current Whiplash competition got me motivated. I believe this belongs in the "fancy" category. Some of the ruffles are from new fabric, some are from stash fabric, and some are recycled---the blue and white material one down is an old pillowcase and the aqua floral at the bottom was a garage sale shirt that had a nasty yellow ring around the collar. I cut off the collar, but left the buttons.
I lined the bag in a dark blue print with contrasting chicken floral print pockets. (I can't wear my chicken print fabric addiction on the outside.) There is, of course, the all-important cell phone pocket. I also added a little yo-yo corsage. Those little circles are addictive! The handles are taken from a necklace idea that I've seen floating around the blogs--the ones made from marbles knotted inside fabric tubes? I took that idea, but used pony beads instead, and I love the result. It's firm and textured--more substantial that a fabric strap, but less cumbersome (and less expensive!) than a wooden or bamboo handle.
Again, Whiplash, thanks for the fun!


Blogger Egater said...

It's really cute bag :)

7:06 AM  
Blogger Kari said...

Beautiful bag! I especially like the aqua bottom ruffle! Great idea for the handles too! The more bags I look at, the more I think mine doesn't stand a chance! LOL

8:42 AM  
Blogger Carmen said...

Your bag is beautiful! The ruffles with such a variety of fabrics looks great! and the idea for the handle seems perfect! I love it!

11:28 AM  
Blogger ElleMae said...

Oh my gosh - what an adorable bag!

12:02 PM  
Blogger mo said...

I AM IN LOVE!! Oh please do a tutorial! I must have a Frounchess bag for myself!Is that pointy kitty stripe I see?

2:18 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Gorgeous! I have to admit a certain fondness for the skirt you're wearing in the picture too:-)

8:50 PM  
Blogger Gisele Schoene said...

Lovely! It is a very romantic bag!

11:25 AM  
Blogger iHanna said...

pure joy to look at, your bag is magic!

12:11 PM  
Blogger Siow Chin said...

Wow, that's an awesome bag! Very pretty!

7:35 PM  
Blogger Tanya said...

Absolutely Adorable! Very Anthropologie (in an uncommercialistic, sincere way).

10:59 AM  
Blogger nikki the blogless said...

What a lovely bag!

12:26 PM  
Blogger momo said...

amazing bag!!

12:27 AM  
Blogger pyglet said...

WOW!! It is such a great bag! I am not a bag lover usually but this is exquisite.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Simply gorgeous!

1:10 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Hi there, just saw this bag on whip-up today - it's absolutely gorgeous, what a great job!

9:00 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

You did a great job on the purse. I wish I had the time and patience to try to make something so cute!

1:54 PM  
Blogger Ruth Singer said...

yay! suffolk puffs! Or yoy-yos as you call them. Lovely. great stuff.

3:29 PM  
Blogger Bessilu said...

This is my favorite bag ever! I adore it!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

i have the biggest crush on your bag...i'm going to have to be a copykat and make my own one of these days :)

6:46 PM  

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