Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Taking a Tiny Break from Quilts

I felt the need to take a break from quilts, so I made this bag. Also, I needed a larger bag now that I have two children's stuff to lug around, and since Andrew usually rides in the stroller while I carry Aaron, a backpack just wasn't working. So, this is my un-diaper bag.
Here is a close up of the fabulous fabric that is inside the pockets, lining and inner strap:

This will give you a good idea of the shape of the bag when empty:

This last photo is a close up of the very cute charm fabric I appliqued onto the front pocket, just for a dash of extra panache.

When I make another one of these (one of my friends has already hinted that she would really like one for a shower gift), I think I will put inside pockets into it, too. This one just has the small pocket at the front and a large medium sized book pocket on the back (7 x 11, I think).

The funny thing about this bag was that when I looked at the bag I made it off of, it seemed like a simple and elegant pattern that I couldn't possibly mess up. In reality, I took the sides off this bag twice (once becuase I messed up the sewing, and once because the strap was twisted) and had to cut the lining apart and re-stitch it because I should have sewn it into the bag earlier than I did. Oh well. Now I know for next time. And I'm very happy with the resulting bag. It is cute and slouchy and funky, but just the right size for a diaper bag. And if I ever go back to teaching or school, it will be big enough to carry all my stuff for that, too.


Kristen said...

Seriously Jill, you should look into making slings and selling them for a little bit cheaper than what you see online. Sarah sold me one for $30 and she whipped it up in an evening (and she has 3 kids). She has sold one to most of the south end drop in playgroup...a great little side business.

Jilly said...

You know, I might consider it if anyone here would buy one. But a lot of women got them from a store in Regina and don't use them, or aren't really interested, so I woulnd't make and cash. I could probably make one of these in a few hours for some extra cash once I figured out the pattern, because a lot of people liked it.