Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Alli's bag ll

Ally's bag ll, originally uploaded by soja.

My sister heavily hinted she wanted another bag for Christmas... she had spilt curry over the last one....

This hasn't reached her yet, I was running late, I was a little stumped, but came up with this design. I'm pleased with how it works with the fabric, and with the details. It was my first time making this type of strap. I now love my new sewing machine even more - I didn't have any problem at all sewing through all the multiple layers.

I quilted the outer fabric onto Quilter's dream green batting, then cut this to make the bag (I had drawn the outline of the bag onto the fabric first to place the birds where I wanted them).

I interfaced the lining and strap (fusible woven) and, following the advice at U-handbag, I interfaced and doubled interfaced parts of the zippered inner pocket (fusible non-woven) - it made a huge difference! I got a much better result than usual.

The plastic d-rings and buckles I bought ages ago from a great ebay seller, scapms75 - the first order went missing in the post and he immediately sent me a replacement free of charge as soon as I contaced him to follow up the order.

The fabric is from Ikea - mid-weight cotton lining and furnishing/decor weight outer fabric.

The bag is huge! I made it expandable by sewing poppers on the bottom corners. When the bag is unexpanded the lining folds up inside to make a central divider. It's still pretty big though... However, since I made the last bag, my sister has a new job in a new location, I know that she takes a packed lunch to work now, and she is opften between our parents' house and her boyfriend's flat, so wanted it big enough to carry a fair bit of stuff this time!

Hope she likes it!


Melanie Gray Augustin said...

That is a gorgeous bag! I'm sure your sister will love it - how could she not!

Genie said...

Very pretty! Hope she likes it!

Paula said...

Can I please be your sister?!

Soja said...

Thank-you! Fortunately she loved it! My parents said that she transferred her things to it immediately and used it the night she opened it! :-)