Maybe I'm trying too hard. First the app, now the bag. Hehe.
This is my Florida bag. I try to make myself a fun new bag whenever we go on vacation. I had a fat quarter set of Ruby Star Rising by Melody Miller and thought it would be perfect for this pattern. The bag is called the Hazel Hipster and it is designed by Trish of Two Peas in a Pod. I actually won the pattern during a Sew Mama Sew giveaway day over a year ago.
I made a couple of modifications. First, I added a patch pocket to the interior for my camera (with the Echino camera print - how perfect!).
The pattern is for a flat bag, but I know I'll have lots of stuff to cram in there for our flights, and also while out shopping in Orlando (my sister tells me the outlet shopping is pretty fab!). To increase the capacity a bit, I added gussets to the bottom corners.
The bag has two exterior pockets and the same ones in the inside - perfect for my phone, a pen and notebook.
All of the topstitching is done with my machine's triple straight stitch for extra strength and show-up-ability. I like to see the stitching and I find it's pretty long-lasting especially on the straps of bags that can get stretched out when you load up your bag!
My only disappointment is that I didn't have any fusible batting, so instead I used Craft-Fuse, a Pellon medium weight fusible interfacing. After cramming the bag and lining through the turning holes, I don't like how the lining pieces got all wrinkly. More ironing seems to make it worse. The linen outer bag held up well, but the lining is a quilting weight cotton and now it doesn't have a very nice appearance with that interfacing on it. I'll likely make this pattern again, so next time I'll get the right stuff!
Only two more sleeps until sunshine!!