A Bag for My Mom

>> Saturday, March 13, 2010

This is the bag I made my mom for her birthday.

I would love to keep it, but I made it with these fabrics specifically for her because she recently became a Grandmother for Africa.

I used the big tote bag pattern from this magazine.
I did make a few changes, though.

I didn't use 2 1/2 inch strips to make the larger top and bottom pieces on the outer bag. Instead I used use large prints - the bottom print here I didn't even know I had enough of until I went shopping in my stash.

I used a heavyweight sew-in interfacing on the outer bag pieces - because I had some! Not a usual ingredient in my cupboard, but, I had bought some to make TIES with and well, that my never happen. So, I used some on the outside panels and tucked some inside the pockets. I would use it again as it does give the bag some body and not much bulk. I didn't use any interfacing on the lining and it is a bit 'droopy'. I think it makes it behave more like a purse than a bag. We'll see if my mom thinks that's a good thing!

I bought this panel awhile ago because I loved it. It's been sitting in a pile ever since. So I cut it up and gave it a useful life. I measured to make sure it would make all the pieces I wanted then I started to dissect it!

From this panel I retrieved:

*two strips for the binding across the top of the pockets ( a detail I really like!)

*the inner pockets - I cut the columns of people you can see on the panels in half, then sewed the halves together to get the length I needed for the inner pockets

*two lining panels AND *two strips for the handles

I added a recessed zipper to the bag - thanks to the guidance from this tutorial.
I really like this feature and will be adding it to more bags in the future.

*Everything for this bag was made from what I had on hand. From the magazine pattern, interfacing, fat quarters, the panel - even the zipper! I inherited it with my husband's granny's stash.*

I guess I do have a pretty good stash. Inspiring and useful.

With Joy,
Sarah Vee


Denise :) March 13, 2010 at 7:20 PM  

Great bag! I like the modifications you made. I also like the new look to your blog (at least your header is new, isn't it?) . . . very pretty! :)

Quilter Kathy March 15, 2010 at 1:25 PM  

Great bag...and love those fabrics!

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