Have you heard or seen the Bionic Gear Bag? Back in October or November, a couple ladies showed their bags at our Guild meeting. Many of us were amazed and decided we should make one! With encouragement from our 'Bag Specialist' Jenny and Stefanie, we ordered zippers, picked fabric, bought the patterns and started making the bags together via Facebook. Stefanie started us out right before Christmas with some great videos, but with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we put it on hold.
I decided it was time to finish it up. I can read...I'm sure I can finish it! I'm not a person who can make bags/purses. They intimidate me. Freak the crap out of me! But I was determined to power through.
The pattern is available through Craftsy. Here is the link to the Bionic Gear Bag.
I picked Tula Pink and Anna Maria Horner fabric for my bag. Love the combination of fabrics together!
The first step was zippers. Lot's of zippers! This bag has 5 zippers total and I choose 5 different colors.
I'm not going to lie. I had to read some of the direction over and over and over before I figured it out. The step where you put the sides on...I ripped it out three times! The first time I discovered I didn't sew the two pieces together before attaching them to the pockets! Then I put one side on the wrong way!
Once I got the sides on the right way, it was time to fit the outside together. Pins are your friend through each and every step of this bag!
With all of the pieces together the final steps are binding. It was a long and slow process. I have never machine sewn a binding from start to finish. You thought I used a lot of pins in the previous picture? You should have seen the binding pins. I wanted to be sure I actually stitched in the ditch while actually catching the other side of the binding! For the most part it was a success.
The part that I was worried about was the big long crazy zipper! However, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be!
Look at all the zippers! I do have a few spots that aren't pretty. A couple of the inside pockets I missed catching the inside lining by a tiny little bit.
My take on this bag, my bag...I love it! It's full of personality, especially with the flaws. In my eyes however, its perfect! I do want to make another one, one day...soon! It was a huge struggle. You almost need to be a bionic woman to make it! I powered through.
I tend to jump into things and then second guess myself. I'm happy I did. It was a huge confidence builder. Huge!
Look at the space! I'm not sure I have enough 'stuff' to fill it up! I may have to go shopping!
Has anyone made the Bionic Gear bag before? What did you think of the process? Will you make it again? I heard there is a smaller version of this kind of bag. I would love to find that pattern too!
It's too cute not to show it again....