As someone who loves everything shiny and sparkly, I was instantly taken by the Niffler in Fantastic Beasts and after recently re-watching the movie, I knew I had to make a bag inspired by these cute little creatures! I called this one "The Treasure Hunter Bag"
With every custom bag I make I always like to try something new or challenge myself in some way to hone my sewing skills and expand my imagination. This bag is the sparkliest bag I've ever made and includes 3 types of glitter fabrics, gold leather, 2 types of holographic vinyl and a big sew on gem for the eye! Since these creatures LOVE everything shiny, it seemed fitting that the bag resemble a place a Niffler would love to be!
My initial idea was to have this little guy in a pile of treasure holding a giant diamond. And as I developed the pattern I added some gold coins,small diamonds and a string of pearls. Since these guys are little treasure hunters I thought there should be a stash of shiny things.
What I really love about this is all the different textures of fabric. In addition to the sparkly ones, I used black suede for the "fur" of the body which adds a soft touch.
As for the giant diamond, it took a while to decide on what color to use. I originally wanted to have this be red but it was a little too harsh agains everything else so I ended up using 1 layer of holographic vinyl and 1 layer of iridescent vinyl which brings out a lot of colors and is almost blinding in the light! To give the diamond some shape I cut the pattern with the same cuts of an actual diamond which helps give it dimension instead of being one solid piece.
I am so happy with how it turned out and I hope you enjoyed this little project! The best part is now I have something to entertain me until the next movie!