I was concerned that this would turn out to be more of a concept than a usable bag, but that is not the case. Piled above the bag you can see all the stuff I am carrying in it.
I made this from directions here. After my experience with the origami wallet, I was tempted to add batting, or interfacing or something, but the instructions seemed so certain that I decide to try them before altering anything. They were excellent, and the bag is perfect with the multiple layers of fabric and no further stabilizer.
That doesn’t mean that I didn’t fool around with it at all, of course. It was designed with a drawstring, which would have been sweet and informal.
However, a friend of mine had recently shown me her gorgeous custom-made purse from a well-known designer, which had a handle of thick twisted cord, and I decided to copy that. This handle also allowed me to maintain the angular shape of the bag. After searching a bit for a suitable cord, I found a curtain tieback which worked perfectly. I used a couple of thinner cords to outline the bag and anchor the handle.
This bag would benefit from accurate measurement, cutting, folding, and stitching. This has nothing to do with me, of course; I mention it only in an effort to be informative. The origami part of the bag is the fact that it is made from a single lined square, with no further cutting.
In order to fully appreciate the bag, you have to see all the pockets. There is a center section for large things like your checkbook or billfold. There are two outside pockets, one on each side. I closed one with the same pearl beads and rouleau loops I used on the origami wallet (left over from my daughter’s wedding gown), and left the other open to show the pink linen lining.
This was the only part of the instructions that I found a little confusing. It says “Sew closed” at a point at which you have about eight things you could conceivably sew closed. Sewing the outermost fold closed gives you the little inside pocket in the picture on the right.
Since the wallet is made of the same fabric as the bag, it is essentially invisible in this picture. But I tried.
You can make this bag with any square of cloth — the directions suggest using napkins (in Hamburger-a-go-go-land, that is a thing we use at table to clean our hands, not the thing we put on babies’ bottoms). I used scraps, so my only cost was the cords, which — even using the ready-made curtain tieback (which gave me a much quicker and snazzier handle than what I had been planning) — came in under $4. The custom purse I mentioned above costs just under $300. Not the same thing, I realize, but it’s worth mentioning.
Fortunately, I have these in my back yard.
These are the pallets from which The Princess and I unloaded 900 pounds of math manipulatives.
And fortunately, the wonderful KaliMama sent me this:
Now, there have been questions regarding my fitness to make furniture from pallets. I draw your attention to the bench upon which the origami bag is sitting. I made that.
I did use my special furniture-building method. The first step is to take the plans for the thing to the lumber store and have someone help me find and cut everything. Step two is for me to round up some of my husband’s tools and start in, with verve and dash, following the directions to the best of my ability. Step three is for someone, provoked beyond endurance by my incompetence and lack of accuracy, to take the tools away from me and finish the furniture. Step four is for me to paint the item (and I especially like the stenciling on that bench. I did a table to match).
It is my belief that, if I were ever allowed to complete a piece of furniture, I would succeed. Verve and dash can make up for a lot of inaccuracy and incompetence. I am also quite good at reading directions, and armored with lots of self-confidence and can-do spirit.
My husband and #1 son will take apart several of the pallets. #2 son already helped dig the garden, as you can see. Now the guys will use some of the pallets to edge the garden, and add composted manure and whatnot.
The plants for the garden are sharing the bench with the origami bag and the container of torenia at the moment. There are also some seeds. So once the garden is all ready, we will plant these vegetables.
Meanwhile, I will build a couple of chaises longues from the remaining pallets. Knitting will also take place. And baking for the church bake sale and Mission Fair.
That sounds like fun, doesn’t it?