Most of my clothes are girls. The sheep is a boy.
There were a few floating around the www and all were clocking up minimum 3 figures, sometimes 4, but I was smitten. So I made a DIY sheep. And I love him.
I took him to fashion week, in fact I gave him some minor cosmetic surgery in the hotel room, and I’m just gonna put this right out there – Sandra Hagelstam asked me if he was a Proenza (obviously that made me love her more – Sandra, not the bag who is a ‘he’ don’t forget). He’s even been in Vogue.
I received so many requests for a tutorial so here goes… Bear with me because naturally it’s a little tricky to give a DIY tutorial when the DIY is already complete.
A sheepskin or faux sheepskin offcut (min. 30 x 15 inch for my size) – I got mine from Ebay
A needle and thread OR a friendly seamstress (I recommend Nowak for Glasgow sheep)
If you have a seamstress then skip the following stages and head straight there with your offcut and a sketch. Pop home for a nice cup of tea, a couple of dog walks and maybe a flick through Vogue before collecting your perfect sheep. Thank you Nowak.
On the other hand, if you’re going it alone and don’t have a machine strong enough to sew sheep…
Measure your shapes and cut them out. Really you can make this pouch any shape or size you want but it will likely be dependent on the dimensions of your offcut.
With the furry sides facing sew very small stitches along the seams. Don’t forget to sew a small pleat at the top of the side panels – this will make the shape sit better. You should probably wear one of those thimble thingumybobs because it’s pretty tough getting a needle through. Finally, double the long flap under and stitch it along the edges – this way the bag has a little more weight to him and still looks cute when you open him.
You can keep him classic or dress him up with a belt double wrapped around. Even a piece of leather thong would be perfect.
Anyway, don’t know about you but I’m more of a visual kinda girl…