I knew as soon as I saw Janelle's that I wanted to make a blue bag but unfortunately the blue I used wasn't enough so I made it in three colours.
I didn't have the same hardware that Janelle used on her bag so I modified mine slightly. Janelle used nickel grommets in her bag to thread the handle through and the straps have buckles. It gives it a beautiful finish. Make sure you check out all the other testers bags HERE they're really amazing.
Janelle's pattern is really easy to follow with well written instructions, illustrations and photos. Finished Size: Width at Top: 17” (43 cm), Width at bottom: 13” (33 cm), Height: 12” (30 cm), Depth: 4” (10 cm) and is an intermediate pattern. If you'd like to make one for yourself you can buy your pattern and the hardware HERE.
This is my version.
I used the nickel zipper tabs on both ends of my zipper. Janelles design only calls for one end of the zipper to be longer.
There's a main recessed zipper closure to keep everything safe.
I just thought I'd add some zig zag stitches to the center piece to add a bit more interest.
And I also stitched the bottom. Janelle's pattern has purse feet but I didn't add those.
This bag may not have pockets on the outside but inside there's plenty to keep things organized. On one side this large pocket with a magnetic button on the flap to keep things secure.
On the other side there is a zipper pocket and two slip pockets.
Just before making this bag as luck would have it I cam across this fabric for the lining. I don't have a clue what it's called. It's stiff but very pliable, can't be ironed because it melts and feels like paper but isn't. It's extremely strong and doesn't tear and it doesn't need interfacing but best of all is that it's a fraction of the price of fabric. This stuff is fantastic.
I bought it from the man who makes bags here locally. He uses them in all his bag. Only drawback is that it only comes in dark brown.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
~ Maria ~