Do you jump on the latest & greatest band wagon right away? Or do you sit back and see how it plays out? Really, this is one your going to want to jump on!?
All kidding aside, here is a little project I did just for me! It isn't something we do very often or often enough.
In a previous post, My Thread Is A Staple, I showed you the transformation of my dining room chairs after I reupholstered them with Anna Maria Horner home dec fabric. I was lucky enough to have almost a quarter of a yard left. I could have put it away, but me being me, I had to think of something to make with it. What do you think?
|Cross Body Bag|
10" H x 9" W
My chairs look great, why not make a bag?! The trend I am starting: match your bag to your chairs! Who does that? Can't think of anyone can you? Which makes me a trendsetter!
The last one I made was nearly a year ago and it was getting sad looking. Large purses are not me. I need a small, compact, a couple spots for keys, phone and lip balm and it must have a strap long enough to go across my body.
I had to cut and piece together the fabric. Very simple job since the stack of the colors are wonky anyway. Plus I added fusible fleece because I like a little cushion and it looks better after quilting. Luckily it was just enough to cut off a basic pocket for the inside. This one needed to be a little bigger than the last one, so far all the stars are lining up!
The pocket is sewn on to the lining which has a light interfacing. It has three pockets for the three most important things I carry! Boom done, easy peasy, simple simon!
I do not make bags often. I can count on one hand how many (not including zipper pouches). They freak me out!!
For the inside I went with Kona Wasabi. Wasabi, Wasabi, Wasabi!!! I love that color, perhaps my favorite ever!
I didn't do a lot of quilting on this. I quilted organic straight lines, changing the thread color a few times for a little drama. Stitched up the sides, boxed the corners and then had to remember what to do next! I forgot!
Putting it together is so easy (once I remembered). Just like a fabric basket. Right sides together, add the strap between the outside and the lining, pin, sew around the top, leave an opening in the lining for turning, and it was done!
It looks huge in this picture! It isn't really. A mere 10" H x 9" W. I like my bags (by that I mean purse) long, I like them to smack me on the butt when I'm walking...not really smack me, sway with me!
And for Leanne at She Can Quilt, the chair and bag! Because you know you want to follow this trend!
I almost made a tutorial, but think this is such a basic, simple design that many could whip it up just by looking at it! Plus, have you seen how many cool bag patterns there are out there?!
Do you love to make bags? What is your best advice for those of us who are intimidated by the thought of making one?