Friday, May 31, 2013

Bag bug...

Once in a while, I think I get bitten by the bag-making bug.  The Super Tote started it off this time, and then I won this duffle bag pattern which got me thinking again.  Summer is around the corner and we'll be doing some traveling, so what better time to sew some unique, handmade bags. (P.S. to see traveling handmade to the MAX, click here)  I've done a bunch of reading up about the duffle bag pattern and have come across a few things that people didn't like about the pattern so I have some modifications in mind, plus I noticed a lot of talk about how HUGE the bag is, so you know what I did??  The same designer has a smaller version of the same bag, and yup, I bought it.  I'd also heard that the pdf version available in her shop has clearer directions than the Simplicity version, and no tissue pattern pieces, so that is a plus as well.  

So, a new bag needs fabric, right?


I don't really do brown normally, but I just love the print on the left (Piccadilly by Sparky & Marie for Quilting Treasures).  It sort of reminds me of Lotta Jansdotter fabrics, I bought it locally, and at half price.  Score!  The neutral fabric (Kimono by Northcott Fabric) will be the bag interior.  Muslin is what the pattern called for, but I thought this was a little nicer and has more character than a plain solid.  And the orange (random 'Quilting Blender' from Fabricland) will be for just a few splashes of colour here and there - zipper facings and end tabs, and pocket trim.

I'm super excited about this project and hope that it turns out as fabulous as it is in my mind!

Talk soon....

9 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Love your fabric choices! I personally feel that brown gets a poor rap in sewing circles! Its a great base colour! Your bag will be fabulous!

Debbie said...

Oh I totally love your fabric choices too! Sounds very fun!

Debbie said...

Oh I totally love your fabric choices too! Sounds very fun!

Amanda said...

I love that you're making a duffle. I use the one I made ALL of the time...in fact, I'm using it right now. Can't wait to see how yours turns out!

Kirsten said...

Love your fabrics for the bag - the brown one has a very Orla Kiely look about it!

Patti said...

Looking forward to this one, Heather! A duffle is a great idea too. Don't you just love local fabric sales!!

mle said...

That's going to be one awesome bag! the pops of orange will be just right I think!

Annabella said...

The Picadilly fabric is gorgeous and can't wait to see your bag!

Erica said...

I agree, that brown fabric is great. And the orange is going to be perfect. I can't wait to see the finished product!