Special Bespoke Flat Cap Bag

Late last year I was commissioned to make a special Flat Cap Bag. A lovely customer asked me to create a bag using her late husband's caps as a special reminder of him.

She especially wanted to be able to take the bag when she walked her dogs, so she would feel he was with her all the time. So the bag needed to be practical enough to carry all the doggy paraphernalia but still look stylish.

One problem I had to overcome was the baseball style back of one of the caps which needed to be filled in order for the bag to work (and not have a large hole in the bottom!). So a thick piece of brown leather was cut to fit and then riveted into place, as it was too thick for me to sew. I also kept the original leather buckle as a nice detail.

Part of the brief was to have the handles in two colours, a brown handle on the navy blue cap and a black handle on the grey cap. The top straps also fasten on each side in matching colours and then a long strap half brown/half black to match. So that the customer could wear the bag either way round and coordinate with whatever she was wearing.

It was such a pleasure to create such a personal bag and I'm pleased to say the customer loves it.

If you are inspired by this and are interested in me creating a bespoke bag for you then please do get in touch. You can email me on: girl@girlwithbeads.co.uk

Photo Competition Calendar!

You may remember I mentioned being one of the winners of a photo competition for the Save Lea Marshes 2015 Calendar - well here is the calendar!!

My photo 'Snowy Walk' taken on Walthamstow Marshes a few years ago, graces January's page!

The calendar has sold out but you can find out more about the Save Lea Marshes group's latest campaigns here: http://www.saveleamarshes.org.uk/index.html


Flat Cap Bags on The Apprentice!

Last night you might have spotted yours truly and my Flat Cap Bags on BBC1 show The Apprentice!!

I was invited to present my Flat Cap Bags - pitched as city-meets-country fashion - to the teams for selection for a sales task at a country fair - The Royal Bath and West Show in Somerset. And to my delight they were selected!!

You can see for yourself how the teams got on here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04sybzd/the-apprentice-series-10-8-country-show

I had been sworn to secrecy about the show for months and its so exciting to finally be able to tell everyone now. The feedback so far has been great and its amazing to have so many people talking about my design!

Me & my husband also went to watch the filming of The Apprentice: You're Fired! which included Dara O'Briain putting a Flat Cap Bag on his head - brilliant!