This floral print was the original and best IKEA fabric - for me - which I bought a couple of years ago with no particular plan in mind.
As so often, after a long wait a plan evolved: my old handbag was battered beyond redemption...
... so I chopped it up (saving those jingley metal bits for another day)...
... and appliqued the handbag lining, with its handy little pocket, onto the lining of a new tote bag.
(Not perfect, but no-one outside this blog will ever see that.)
Then I stitched it all up. It would have been quicker if I'd remembered to attach the straps first time, but even with a bit of seam-ripping it was a swift project.
And there's the inside pocket - so useful, and almost effortless.
Next time, if I don't have another handbag to sacrifice, I'll be using this new tutorial from LiEr at Ikat Bag. How did she know exactly what I was needing?