For Mother's Day my darling Hubby took me to the Orange Circle to do a little antique shopping. I'm more of a window shopper these days because our home is
small cozy and there just isn't any more room to bring home any new treasures. I did find 3 yds of this wonderful medium weight red calico fabric. I'm sure it's not antique, but for 12 dollars for 3 yds, it was so worth it. It washed up nice except for a few yellowed spots I can cut around. For this month's Friday Night Sew In I wanted to make myself a new summer bag and I fell in love with the Indygo Junction "Bella Bag" IJ792. The pattern includes 2 sizes and of course I say - Go BIG or go home! So I went with the big size. I had no idea it was this HUGE! I took a picture of it with a soda can so you can see how big it really is. It would be a great tote for a day of fabric shopping, but for my everyday life, I'm going to make the smaller version. This was my first time using magnetic closures and I bought a package at Joann's from a company called Everything Mary. Um.....hey Mary....I don't think it would be asking too much for a bit of instruction? I mean seriously....how bout just a drawing? Something?
Anyhoo.....The pattern is not hard to sew, but it is time consuming. There is alot of cutting. For each piece of the bag you need to cut the fabric, the interfacing, the batting and the lining. That's alot of cutting. Then you need to baste each piece of fabric with the interfacing and batting before you even begin to assemble the bag.
Overall I love it. It's roomy and fits easily over my shoulder. I'm going to add some more pockets to the smaller version and this one is going to get listed in my shop. I'm going to make one of those little zipper bags to match and a tissue cover to round things out :)
It took me a bit longer than normal to finish this because I was loosing my mind to make sure all my fabric intersections were perfectly lined up! And I did alot of top stitching that is not in the pattern. I added the vintage metal button to finish it off.
So what did you
do last night????