Thursday, February 16, 2012

Two-Zip Scooter Chic

Our France trip is fast approaching and I've been sewing up some new and useful items to take along. The iPad sleeve appeared here and today I'll show you the great bag I made for D (my 13 year old daughter).  I found Erin's blog Dog Under My Desk after photos of her great Two Zip Hipster bag started popping up on blogs and flickr.  You guys all know I'm a sucker for a new bag pattern and I LOVE making a new bag for every trip.

Future 2-zip hipster

During the afternoon before I left for retreat last week, I cut and prepped all of the pattern pieces. Instead of using sew-in interfacing, I fused woven interfacing to all of the quilting weight cotton (the Amy Butler lining) and fused Pellon fleece to all of the linen blend outer bag fabric (Echino scooters).  All in all, the prep took just over an hour and the bag construction about 90 minutes.

A Two-Zip Hipster fit for France

Erin's .pdf pattern is great: clear photos, concise instructions, easy to follow.  She's even got a tips section on her blog that is all about interfacing.  After making many bags and purses, I can tell you that I will never use non-woven interfacing again. The bubbling and crinkling and crispiness is just awful and your project can instantly be ruined with one blast of steam from the iron.  Because I like using heavier weight fabric (linen blend or home dec), pressing is necessary to finish your seams nicely. Your interfacing has to be able to stand up to the heat!

A Two-Zip Hipster fit for France

The photo above shows two things I had to do differently from the pattern. First, I was not able to find the hardware for a strap slider, so I made the strap a fixed length. The ends went through the D-ring, then I sewed two seams of straight stitch to secure them to the wrong side of the strap. Then a row of 7mm wide satin stitch covers the strap end.  Below the D-ring, you'll see that I was not able to topstitch all the way around the top of the bag.  My machine couldn't handle the thickness over the area where the D-ring loop is sewn into the top of the bag. Next time I make this, I'll trim the fusible fleece batting so it doesn't run into the seam allowance at the top of the bag.

A Two-Zip Hipster fit for France

This entire bag was made from one piece of Echino scooters in brown. I love Echino yardage that includes accent stripes (in this case, the fuschia dots and natural/aqua stripe).  I purchased the Echino on sale here. There are lots of great pockets, the bag is secure with a top zip, and I know it will be perfect for D to take on our trip!

Now Mom needs a vacation bag. One that can accommodate my new DSLR. Back to the sewing room I go....

31 comments:

Heather D. said...

Very cute! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with for yourself. :)

Gill said...

Fabulous!
I love it!

Alisa said...

It's a great bag! Very nice pattern.

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Oooh now I think I need you to make me a new bag for every trip - I like this one a lot.

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

Supercute; she'll be very chic walking around in France wearing this!

Krista said...

That's a great bag! What a great idea to make accessories for your trip. Not too much longer and you'll be cruising around Paris!

So a question about the pattern-- did it make the top zip fairly easy to do? For some reason that is my bag-making nemesis, but one I want to conquer. I owe a friend a bag with a top zip, and it's been a year and a half and I'm still putting it off.

Katie B. said...

This is awesome! Lucky D!

Nova said...

I've been eyeing off this pattern too! love love love your scooter version!
x

Mermaid Sweets said...

So cute.

Sana Saroti said...

I love it! Checked out the fabric right a way ;-)

Kristie said...

Ohhhh, it's adorable!

**nicke... said...

i love those scooters! so so cute!

Dianne said...

The bag is tres apropos for a young girl in Paris for the very first time. She will be rockin it in style on the Champs Elysees!! What a good mom you are!

carol said...

Awesome bag! Such a lucky daughter you have!!!

Katy Cameron said...

Very cool, well done mum! And yes, woven interfacing is the only way to go :o)

Live a Colorful Life said...

I purchased this pattern after a friend of mine made this. Yours is great. I'm sure your daughter will love using it in France! Great fabric choice too!

Patti said...

Love your bag! I made one as well after seeing it on Jessica Jones blog ( her Mum made it). You are right, the directions are fantastic. Like you, I used linen, and it is my favourite bag ever!

Michele Pacey said...

Great bag Krista. And thanks for the link to Dog Under My Desk and the interfacing page. Way useful.

badlandsquilts said...

Cute bag!

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

I've had this bag pinned in my Pinterest account for a while now, to make one each for the kids. Thanks for the tips, good to know before I try to sew them.

randi--i have to say said...

very cute bag! the scooter print is one of my faves. my daughter has a bag made with it and (lucky for me) i still have some left. i am waiting for the perfect way to use it! :)

Sunni @ Love Affair with my Brother said...

I'm not much for making bags, but I might actually make this one! It's super cute.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

So cute - zip, zip! :)

Anya said...

Love the bag - so much so that I had to click over and buy it to make one myself!! Have a great trip!

Leanne said...

I love it and I think I need one for me too!

La MaƱosa said...

It's fantastic! The scooters are perfect. The only problem I encountered when I made mine was that the pieces that were interfaced shrunk a bit, which was kind of a pain. I don't know what to do to avoid this or if I should just trim down the non-interfaced pieces to the size of the shrunken ones?

Kathy P said...

I couldn't resist - after seeing yours, I just had to buy a pattern myself. I really like this one! Now to pick just the right fabric...

Ariane said...

Gorgeous!! I love it!!

happysewlucky said...

This bag turned out fabulously Krista. (No surprise there.) D will look so cool with this flung over her shoulder as she skips around Printemps & Galeries Lafayette.

micro scooters said...

This is a great idea to make accessories for your trip. This pattern is very nice, Especially you put scooter image on bag. I try to made it.

Anya said...

Did you use fusible fleece for the strap too?

Thanks!