When I was a young girl, my mom made me a jumper out of black and white fake pony skin. I loved that jumper. I was a very horse crazy kid, and in that jumper I felt like I was, well a horse. The day that jumper no longer fit was a sad day, but leave it to my ingenious mom to sew a stuffed toy horse out of it. (I named him Charlie horse, and I still have him!)
What I didn’t outgrow was my love of fake fur, but my favorite animal of choice these days is leopard. I am seeing it everywhere and I couldn’t be happier because I love it.
I bought a yard of faux leopard a few weeks ago to make myself a fancy scarf, and had an idea to try creating bags with the remnants.
This my first design-using a very tiny-but very cool barkcloth remnant from the 1950s. The lining is an orange polka dot. Polka dots are another favorite of mine.
And here is the second design-a great vintage floral barkcloth that I believe to be from the 1940s. In addition to using some faux leopard at the top of the bag, I added little patches on the lower front corners-reminiscent of a vintage suitcase.
I have just a little bit of faux leopard left, enough for another couple bags, and I’m excited to see what I’ll come up with.
And then there is this piece of faux mink I found…