Less than a week before leaving for the SewPro
convention in Chicago in September, it dawned on me that I might need a bag to lug around a notebook, samples of my patterns, business cards (yes, I have business cards now - I feel all grown up!), maybe a light sweater. I could have grabbed one of the kids' backpacks, but somehow that didn't project quite the image I hoped for.
So, with less than a week to go and plenty of unrelated things to finish up before I left, I just had to make a bag!
|Snowflake tote, side 1|
I think it came out pretty well, considering I winged it with no pattern. I decided to use some of my snowflakes to dress it up a bit. This one is Snowflake 7
, version 4.
Flip the bag over to see Snowflake 7, version 1.
|Snowflake tote bag, side 2|
I am particularly proud of the zippered pocket I added. I could add slip pockets easily, as I have added such pockets to my small purses so had an idea how to proceed, but I didn't want my wallet to fall out unnoticed. I watched this tutorial
and this one
, took a deep breath and cut gave it a try. Ta-dah! A zipper! With an actual pocket behind it too.
|Inside of tote bag, with zippered pocket!|
I also added a clip to hold my keys . Note to self: next time put that clip higher up. This one is so far down the bag that it isn't any easier to fish out my keys than if I just let them drop to the bottom of the bag.
|Swivel hook for keys|
Since I haven't made very many bags, I wasn't sure what to use as interfacing, but after much browsing online I settled on Shape Flex fused to the lining fabric and fusible fleece fused to the pieced outer shell. It ended up being just about as stiff as I wanted, halfway between totally floppy and standing up stiff all on its own. I went ahead and quilted the outer shell too, just to add some nice finishing details. Oops, missed a picture of that, and the lighting isn't very good to take some right now. Just take my word that it looks fabulous!
The bag was good conversation starter, and Lissa
said it's what she used to spot me in a crowd!
Speaking of Lissa, she is starting a Fandango/Tula Pink quilt along, blogging about it on Tula Tuesdays
. I have a long list of things I'm not getting to so I can't add another project, but I can cheer her on from the sidelines! Pop on over there and take a peek and tell her Joanne sent you.