This is my favorite purse. I love that it's orange. I've received many compliments on it, even from my eye doctor. It's bright and fun and different.
The problem is that I hated using it. It was one massive black hole. Everything I put in there disappeared. There were also other problems. The lining was cheap and flimsy. It didn't give any shape to the bag, plus it was falling apart. The magnetic clasp and also worked its way loose and was lost somewhere inside the bag. I almost gave up on the orange purse and donated it, but then remembered that I have some sewing ability and decided to make a new and functional lining for it.
The first step was to unpick the old lining. I hated how dark the lining was. The pattern seemed to camouflage anything inside.
I chose some home decor fabric from Joel Dewberry's new Heirloom line. I used the original lining as my pattern.
I even unpicked and salvaged the old zipper.
I added multiple pockets on each side of the bag.
I also added a key fob because I was always losing my keys. The little blue guy in this photo is a tiny light so I can search my purse in the dark.
After sewing the lining together, it was relatively easy to sew it back into the purse. I'm so excited to have a functional purse again. The heavier lining fabric gives the bag more stability and shape. I love the extra pockets because it makes it so much easier to keep track of things.
Why didn't I think of doing this sooner?
In other bag related news, my sister surprisingly declined to use the ginormous bag for a gym bag. I took it to the farmer's market this weekend. It fits 13 ears of corn, a loaf of basil Asiago bread, and a bag of apricots and tomatoes.... or a two-year-old.