I am very fond of corduroy and of my various odd bits of vintage barkcloth and thought i would try putting the two together. It's a work in progress, this bag design. I had meant it more as a handbag for mama escaping alone moments but it is a mama sack. By that i mean a necessarily voluminous bag for changes of childrens clothes, food, general mayhem making or avoiding supplies. I am pleased with my experiment. Less time passing between the conception stage and the actual making of the piece would be good. Then i might remember what all those vital notes and wild diagrams might mean BEFORE i sew. Happily i like the result and learnt bucketloads along the way.
I have worked out that it is easier for some folks to use a bag with re-purposed or vintage fabric. You can put it down and pretend it's someone else's if it feels too edgy. I have three bag patterns (all my own design) for the next market stall. Lined tote bag, handbag and mama sack. Quite possibly, a new name for the 'mama sack' might aid sales!
Still toying with the idea of vintage button closure..not sure, the bag is hanging in my 'studio' corner of the room awaiting decision.