Monday, July 21, 2008

Mama's Got a New Bag

First let me just say that I do not need a new bag. This was one of those, "Oh, I like that bag. I should make one" moments. I think the idea of trying something different appealed to me and the pressure got to me. It didn't help that the bag was on the front cover of Sew Pretty Homestyle and was begging to be made by me. (Maybe it was the polka dots calling my name. I'm not sure. Either way, I succumbed.)

I started this bag on the afternoon of July 4th, between two parties. I really wanted to sleep, but I am opposed to sleeping during the day, so I forced myself to stay awake by sewing. (I think everyone else in the house had crashed.) I spent the car ride to the second party picking the bag apart. It sat for a week or so until I even wanted to be near it again (it must have been the fabric, because it wasn't the bag I wanted to be near). I fixed the bag and when it came time to sew on the handles, it sat untouched for another few days. I don't mind hand sewing, although it's not my favorite. It's mostly because of time constraints (and eyesight). But the kids wanted to get in the pool and I had time to kill.


After I finished the bag and started to load it up with my gear, I quickly realized everything was falling into the deep abyss that is also known as the bottom of the bag. There weren't any pockets and I knew if it didn't have a pocket (for my cell phone and assortment of lip balms) I would never use it. So it sat again. I knew I was not about to tear that sucker apart again (remember, the handles were hand stitched on). The solution I came up with was to make a pocket (interfaced and lined) and use a fusible hem tape to attach it.

Ahhh. So much better and actually usable to my standards. At least for now.

16 comments:

amandajean said...

the fabrics are delicious!!!

Gem said...

That's a lovely bag. I really like the fabrics you've used :)

kira said...

Oh my goodness! That is a fantastic bag, great job! :)

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Fab-u-lous!! Soooo awesome!!

Mirre said...

Flowers and polkadots... great bag!

miss chris said...

:) I'm glad I'm not the only one who has issues mid-project sometimes. It turned out great lera.

I totally understand the 'bottom of the bag' syndrome and that needed to be dealt with. Bravo!

Karyn said...

What?!?!?! You are opposed to sleeping during the day?!?! Naps are the best. Everyone knows that!!! (except you) :)

Your bag does look GREAT. I love the surprise polka-dot lining.

Jo-Anne said...

Very, very cute, Lera!! I love the fabrics.
I am sure the pocket makes it much more practical!

jessi said...

very nice - I really like the style!

utmommy said...

So cute! I love it. I need me a new bag too.

Jane said...

Very pretty!

Little Munchkins said...

I love the fabric. Very pretty.

Emily said...

Very nice pattern, lovely fabrics and great bamboo look handles!

cici said...

very very pretty, lera. love those fabrics

craftyclaire said...

How funny, I was looking at that book today! IS it worth buying? I agree pockets are a must for a big bag!!! You've done a lovely job.

Heidi said...

Ooh, I love that fabric! Cute handles.