My hometown is Santa Cruz, CA.
It's know for many things (beautiful beaches, an eccentric downtown, and the UCSC Banana Slugs), but Santa Cruz is best known for our boardwalk and surfing.
The beauty of the ocean and the lines of the old wooden roller coaster inspired me to make a felt bag representing Santa Cruz.
I started with a selection of felt, thread and two letter cut-outs (these Ds were only $1/each, purse handles can be so expensive!).
Painting the Ds a lacquer-red took several coats.
I cut out the basic shape of the bag and started stitching and cutting the designs for the wave and roller coaster.
After the felt pieces were assembled and the decorative stitching was finished, I added the rainbow lining (Santa Cruz's flag has a rainbow).
Finally, I stitched on the handles to finish off the purse.
Thanks for checking out my Surf City Purse!