Well, sort of.
Like many others in the blogosphere and beyond, I love Japanese craft books. The gorgeous photography and the sophisticated, simple projects all look so alluring. I bought this bag book at Kinokuyiya in Manhattan one day this summer when I took the boys to the city for an afternoon. They had to go to the craft section with me and in return, I patiently waited in the Pokemon section for them. Fair deal. Anyway, today I finished my first project from this bag book. Well, project, inspired by the bag book. I really didn't take the time to practice the red line enough (though I do think it makes the bag) and I used some ribbon on cotton webbing for handles. Also, I tacked up the corners to give it a bottom so it would stand up, rather than just a flat magazine bag, as pictured. I think it needs some kind of embellishment, but clearly, it's a pretty blank canvas, so I'll think of something.
I think I like it, but it doesn't thrill me. I think it's the handles. I'm convinced that handles can take a bag from passable to fabulous. Consider it a work in progress, and my biggest digression from a pattern. More bags from this book to come.