I "needed" some new stylish totes (as my branded grocery bags just weren't cutting it when I went out shopping). I did a search online for 'viking bags,' as I'm a fan of history, (notably the viking era), and was hoping to find a nifty norse bag. I came across this:http://www.starsandinfinitedarkness.com/hakiemall.html
While beautiful, it was a little too expensive for me. But I became inspired to make my own tote, viking style!
I wanted bigger, bolder, more vikingesque striped material - it took me a while to find the material (there was lots of thin red striped fabric available, but no thick ones). I ended up getting everything from the discount bin!
Both totes were lined with a canvassy material. The appliques were sewn on by hand, then I stitched black embroidered details onto the helmets and weapons.
The red fabric was a pain to work with - though it matched the red striped material perfectly, it frayed badly
A poor fabric choice, I know, but it matched and was cheap (probably for a reason!). I ModPodged the fabric sides, so it shouldn't unravel (any more than it has) but, er, at least it gives it a bit of rustic charm?
I think I'm ready to go pillage.