Handmade Burberry

Over seven years ago when I was pregnant with my first I dreamed of owning a Burberry diaper bag. Of course, with a price tag of over $1000, I knew that wasn't going to happen. I am not usually one for designer things, necessarily, but I have always been drawn to the classic Burberry print bags.
So a few months ago while thrift store shopping I came across a Burberry print women's pant suit. It wasn't the Burberry brand, but it had that same classic print I so love. I bought it for $7 and really had no plans for it at the time...just couldn't leave it on the rack there in the store.
So in my craft room it sat until last month, when I finally decided to put that fabric to good use and make myself a large Burberry tote. Big enough to hold diapers, a laptop computer, notebooks, and makeup.

I made friends with the owners of the local leather shop and they let me pick through their leftover scraps to find a leather piece for the bottom and some straps (under $15 for all the leather). They even sewed in the straps for me since my machine isn't nearly heavy duty enough for thick leather.
**note** I did all of this before the layoff. I wouldn't consider spending any money on things of this nature right now**
All in all, I spent under $40 for my very own Burberry bag. It has a magnetic closure and a heavy duty lining.
I am so happy with the final outcome and I even have enough material leftover for a matching wallet.