I knew I wanted to make her something, so I decided on this great bag after seeing the awesome one that a friend had made. I wanted fabric that included the color I always think of as "Rona Green." We have a history of passing on our paperbacks once we have finished them, so I filled the bag with my old books--the bag was just a receptacle, not a gift!
|Hey, I even put a bird on it! How Portland of me.|
|The inside has pockets|
I'm really happy with the way the bag turned out, but there are a few things I must tell you:
1. OK, first of all, you must know that I am not great at following patterns. So I decided to make one of these for myself as well, using my bag as the guinea pig to make sure I was doing things right.
2. With that in mind (I was making two bags, not one), I spent over FOUR HOURS cutting and ironing before I did any actual sewing. Are you kidding me here?
3. The amounts of fabrics specified in the pattern are, to put it mildly, ridiculous. Unless you are using a very large print and you want to make sure that a specific piece of it is placed in a certain spot on the bag (like with my bird pattern above), you will need nowhere near the amount of fabric listed. Particularly for the handle/trim fabric and the lining fabric. You could get away with about 1/3 of the fabric if you chose a pattern that wasn't very directional. You do need all of the interfacing though.
The pictures below are from the bag I made for myself (which isn't finished yet...I ran out of time and gave up on the guinea pig bag about halfway through).
|The exterior. You can see my two cut pieces, and then what's left.|
|The pieces at the top are the cut out pieces for the lining and pockets.|
The huge piece of fabric below is LEFT OVER!
|The fabric for the trim/handles: cut out on the left, left over on the right.|
4. You also can skip the tracing paper and pencils that the pattern calls for. Honestly, I couldn't even understand how I was supposed to use those items, and marking things off with pins worked just fine for me.
5. I really do love how the bag turned out. It's roomy, it sits nicely on my shoulder, and I love the fabrics. BUT, for the cost of the fabric (which admittedly could have been dramatically reduced) and interfacing plus the time I spent...well, they have really cute tote bags at Target for less than twenty bucks, you know what I mean?
|Avert your eyes from the camera remote in my hand.|
|Thanks for the cake, Auntie Rona!|