Wish the Bungee Cords as Handles Had Worked But...
There were some glaring problems. First, the cords just didn't look right with the fabrics I chose.
The fabric was just too...word to use...elegant, fancy or something like that. The idea for the bungees came from a book where they used a more industrial kind of fabric. Adding to the uglies, the silver metal and threads in the bungee fabric cover really clashed with the gold designs on the fabric. What was I thinking! Well, I was just focused on the fact that the black hooks and red in the bungees were perfect. Yeah, dumb.
Last problem with the bungees--horrific odor! It was migraine inducing bad odor that would not go away. I first tried leaving them in a baggie filled with baking soda for days. I realized a day into that experiment that the smell had permeated the bag and was wafting into the kitchen. Then I left them outside for several days. Didn't work. They smelled just as bad as the day they arrived. There are some beautiful solid black bungees with gold hooks online that I think might look great, but I fear they may also have the odor problem.
To save this project, I decided to change to webbing tied through the loops created for the bungee cords. Worked!
It's nylon webbing that I heat-sealed to prevent fraying.
Love the way the inset zipper worked out. It's nice and snug.
I like it, but I really, really wanted a bungee cord bag. Anyone know a source for bungees that don't make you gag when held within a few feet of the nose?