I saw the Sew Alongs for the Amy Butler bags and knew I wanted to join in – I tried to get the book from the library but I was WAY down on the wait list – after seeing the fabulous bags everyone was making, I couldn’t take waiting anymore and ordered it via Amazon. But it wasn’t going to ship til April – what?!? That’s what I get with free shipping – so I canceled. Meanwhile, my aunt ordered her copy and somehow ended up with two – it was meant to be.
So I just got the book this week and figured I wouldn’t participate in February, but then I really wanted to make that bag, so I just did! I liked the idea of using it for a craft tote (that picture in the book where it’s filled with yarn) – the “shopper” bag didn’t really appeal to me because (and don’t hate me) I like getting plastic bags – we use them to wrap up stinky diapers, so the kids can empty trashcans into manageable sacks, etc.
Sorry for ANOTHER sewing post this week – it seems like I go in crafting spurts – all sewing, all repurposing, all paper, etc – anyways, I’ve been on a sewing kick. For you non-sewer, stay tuned because Monday I have an awesome photo board craft for you.
I made a few changes to the pattern –
–first, SOOO glad I looked through the flicker groups before I started – I saw that a lot of people divided the pocket and I thought that would be most functional for me. I also saw that someone added a ruffle to the front pocket, which I loved and copied:
–actually, maybe I should mention this first – I cut down the size of the whole bag. The pattern calls for a lot of fabric – I made this last-minute and used what I had on hand, so I had 2 pieces of Amy Butler Fabric that were 1/2 yard each. I made it work. The bag is still plenty big – especially since I don’t want it to be a “shopper”. The secret is that for the lining where you need more fabric than the outside (for the handles and outside pocket) I didn’t have enough so half-way down I used plain fabric (fabric – sheet – – it’s all the same – you know I love using sheets!)
–I didn’t put any pockets on the inside – since it’s half plain I knew I wouldn’t be reversing the bag. So I added a pocket to the outside – the one on the back doesn’t have a ruffle because I didn’t have enough fabric.
Anyways, I LOVE my bag – you should make one!!
I made a smaller version for a little book bag – the girls picked their fabric and helped sew it – here’s the neighbor, who LOVES hers. And a picture of my daughter, who sewed her own (I did the bottom – that part’s a little tricky – the rest is just straight seams).