When I started thinking about what I wanted to make last night, a bag isn't what I had in mind. I really wanted to start on a quilted pillow, but I didn't have the time for that. I wanted needed some instant gratification, so a bag it was.
Do you kinda sorta recognize the shape? It's my Round Yoke pattern. I used the back/lining piece for the body instead of the front with the inset. I'm not sure this is the best shape at the bottom, but I was short on time, so I went with what I had. If I were to make this style again, which I'm pretty sure I will, I plan to do something a little different.
I started out by extending the top about 2". I made the exterior and lining exactly the same, then sewed them together just as you would any other bag. I then folded the top down at the sides to make a channel at each side. I made one long strap the width of my fabric (44"), threaded it through the side channels, then sewed the ends together.
I thought at this point I was done, but it didn't look right. I tried scrunching the sides up to expose more strap, but it was still off - the handles didn't quite lay how I wanted them. So, I flipped the strap up at each opening at a right angle (I sewed the straps down at this point). That was better...but still a little off. The front and back gaped a bit, so I added a little tuck/pleat at the center front and back. That was it! I think it turned out pretty darned cute.
This one will probably go to my girls - it has no pockets or closure because I didn't want to invest the time on a prototype (I was going for instant gratification, remember?). Wouldn't this style be cute as a large beach bag or market tote? I think so. Yes, the next one will be large...I can see it now!!
Okay, I know this is what you've been waiting for, the winner of the Stitch prize package goes to...
Comment #16 was written by Lera of The Sky is Pink! Yay Lera!! Lera was one of my first blogging friends way back when I started this gig, so I'm super happy that she won.
And just because I'm feeling generous, how about another winner? I'm sure I can find something in my sewing room to make somebody happy...
Comment #18 was by Pieceful Threads. Congrats! You'll be hearing from me soon :)
And now for my shop announcement :: SALE!
Everything in the shop will be on sale until May 9th, Mother's Day. If a pattern is sold out in my etsy shop (I don't always get the patterns re-listed as quickly as I'd like), you can always purchase it here, which should never be sold out. Thanks so much for your support!