Happy Birthday, Irene! Here is your new HUGE zippered tote bag!
My friend Irene's birthday is today and here is the birthday craft that I made for her, like a little tote elf. Thank you Amy Butler for making your gorgeous "August Fields" prints. I HEART this print. It's difficult to tell in the photo, but the fabric is beautiful, and has a pretty little sheen to it and it is home decor weight canvas.
Those fabric lined straps?? Hells yes they are. WHOA NELLY were they annoying and painstaking. There was a lot of ripping out and starting over, but I was able to pull through by basting the edges of the cotton webbing together, and then making a 1 inch bias tape from the fabric, and then sewing that onto the webbing. It was a lot of work, but I love the results. I have to admit, each time I make a bag, it's that much better. This time I learned lots of new things. Number one, how to make an internal zipper pouch:
Lots of pockets, which I lined with the outside fabric, and also positioned it so that the top of the pockets would have a sneak peak, almost like piping. The pockets were stitched with RAINBOW thread. It was really fun to use. Because, duh, rainbows are fun:
And I like how I was able to match the top so that the pattern of the fabric is continuous with the zipper. I didn't start to do this on purpose when I cut the fabric, but when I realized I could orient them that way, I was pretty excited. Look at that INTENSE zipper! Bad ass durability.
I also tried my hand at making a lined box bag. It was a little bit of a debacle because I ended up sewing the bag SHUT without anyway of turning it inside out, but then I figured it out, ripped a hole, flipped the entire thing inside out and blind-stitched the bottom. It came out okay! I kind of wish I made the bag fatter because I think it would be cuter like that, but this works:
I added a little hem-tape tab to the back so that there's something to hold onto when you zip it closed. There's also a small handle on the other side.
All in all, a really good learning experience and great practice sewing.
I'm off to my first ever DUCKPIN BOWLING.