My new bag pattern.
I fell in love with this fabric - stunning purples and oranges and reds and pinks. What's not to love? I knew when I bought it that someday I would have the perfect project to showcase it.
Skip forward to my current teaching gig. I needed to design for the advanced bag class. I don't know how other designers work but for me designs or features that I want to use just seem to pop into my head. Obviously, there is a refrinement process but the initial design just seems to be there. So was the case with this one.
I wanted to use curves to challenge those who are used to only sewing in a straight line - but just a gentle curve - nothing scary!
I wanted to add a gusset - another sewing technique to add to the skill set and to give width to the bag. Uses different methods of adding the bag flap by adding a gusset. Another skill learned.
I wanted to add piping - a beautiful decorative design feature. Once learned this skill can be used in so many situations - clothes, quilt borders, bags!
I wanted to add an internal zipper closed pocket. Again, once learned, a technique that can be used to add a pocket to many items. Not to mention just working with a zipper - the poor humble zipper has such a poor rep!!!
All in all I am thrilled with this bag. It is a pattern I know I will make time and time again - just change the fabric and - voila - a different bag. Maybe one day I will even be able to use this one with the fabric I so adore - right now it is hanging in my local shop (Sew Special) where I will be teaching how others make it.
Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crocheting and crafting ....