So, one of the techniques my grandma taught me when I was little is the full square and the empty square. Basically, all I had to do was treble crochet stitches on every 3 stitches on a chain and so on. Sounds easy and it it is!
Once you get used to counting to 3 for every single "move" you make on your crochet piece, it becomes automatic and fast.
In this case, I wanted to add a little challenge to myself... sewing! I kind of suck at that because I never actually practiced sewing, but for this one, I had no excuse since I was going to make my first top quality handbag. Leather handles, magnetic lock, and lining. It took longer than I thought, but I love the result I got and I'm already designing my next pattern. Maybe some cat face silhouettes!
For now, here are some pictures I took along the process!
For the handles, I used thin belts. You can find them on any clothing store for a very good price, or you can use a thick cotton cord, you choose the design! I had to buy a manual puncher to make the holes and used a thick linen yarn to sew everything together.
As for the magnetic snap fasteners, I bought them on Etsy a while ago. Here's the link, in case you want to purchase some yourself. Click here.
Because this bag is for my mom, I know how heavy the bag can get, and for this, I decided I should add a lining just to reinforce it and avoid the crochet stitches from getting all stretched up to the limit, and end up ripping them off with time and use, although I used mercerized cotton to make it resistant enough.
I bought a thick cotton fabric and chose a dotted one just to give it a little detail on the inside. As soon as I bought the fabric I realized I had to sew proper stitches around it for the first time in my life, and I knew it was going to be a long journey unless I'd buy one of those portable sewing machines just to help out with these little details.
As for stitching the lining to the bag, well that was all hand sewed with a lot of patience and stubbornness to make it perfect!
I hope you liked the bag! And feel free to drop me a comment below. I'm always open to suggestions!