Hurray! I have finally finished the prototype of my driftwood bag. You know what? I am quite proud of myself. I was not at all confident about my pattern making or sewing machine usage skills, so to have something that looks quite like a bag is a big surprise! The fabric is a brown faux leather which I have crafted into a rectangular box shape. This was inspired by some trend research that I did and is my take on the camera box bag (apparently it will be big this season?) I thought the texture would be good against the natural materials I have used, but it is too perfect looking – I need to rough it up a little!The handle is made from a piece of the driftwood I got on my visit to Formby Beach, which I sanded, cut and drilled using all sorts of scaring looking woodwork machines. It was then attached with rope and some chunky knots to some D-rings held onto the bag with rivets. The final touch was to replace the zip pull with a shell from the beach trip which I think really highlights the ‘Beachcomber’ theme of my collection. The lining will be a silk satin printed with my own design that I am having digitally printed (very exciting!) I still have some tweaks to make and I might change the outer fabric so that it holds its shape better, but overall I like it very much!