Sunday, June 21, 2009

Freedom by Carried Away

My Etsy team, Carried Away Bags, is doing a Summer of Freedom challenge /charity event. Participants will make a handbag that represents what "freedom" means to them. It can take any form that you personally feel represents "freedom", be it your national flag or national colors, something recognizing your country's military veterans, a symbol of some type that says "freedom" to you.

I think I have finally decided what my bag is going to be. I am going to make my large Twist bag because of the simplest definition of freedom...hands free. The bag slings across your front from side to side letting you have full use of your arms. This is the bag (well, the style anyway):



I am not yet sure what will be decorating the outside of the bag. It will either be hand embroidered, painted, appliqued or some combination. The image is going to either be an eagle - the nation's bird...also freedom of flight...or our flag - but not necessarily straightforward. My son suggested a cubism style .

The lining has already been purchased thanks to JoAnn Fabrics for always having their patriotic novelty prints on sale this time of year.


The bag is supposed to be completed by July 15th. I'll update you with the progress and ideas as the weeks go by.

8 comments:

Patti said...

What a great idea for a bag! It will be fun to see the progress! I just saw that fabric at JoAnn's on Friday...it's perfect!

BeadedTail said...

Great fabric and sounds like a great bag! Can't wait to see it!

uniquecommodities said...

cool idea! love that style

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

An embroidered eagle would be awesome!
And great thinking on the hands-free style!

storybeader said...

nice! I was thinking the same thing... hands free!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I look forward to seeing how it turns out! I don't buy bags unless I can sling them across like that :P

NICO Designs said...

I went on vacation and got carried away with all of the ideas for the shop--I was inspired by what different people of diff.ages use and I did see sling bags. I cannot wait to see how your bag turns out--how fun for your team to have that event.

Splendid Little Stars said...

looking forward to see what you come up with!