This one will head out east to my sister in PEI for her birthday.
side 1: Violet Craft's Peacock Lane line, Parade day print with chambray
side 2: Elephants!
I forewent the strap construction and tried out a cotton webbing strap so the length can be adjusted for cross-body wear. I do find the webbing a bit flimsy, though. I will probably return to interfaced fabric strap for my next ones...I'm a sucker for top-stitching lines on a strap. I can see the webbing getting pretty dirty, but these bags wash up in the machine beautifully, so it's not a major concern.
This is the second one made with a favourite Amy Butler lotus flower print, again with chambray for the pockets.
Topstitching! It is such a great way to add detail to an otherwise clean bag design. Sometimes I even use my machine's straight triple-stitch for a real stand out topstitched look.
K2 stabilized her versions using a heavy weight canvas basted to the outer fabric. It made for a much more structured, strong bag. Capable of toting 2 beer (in the outer pockets) and 3 wine bottles. We checked.
Mine are light, just stabilized with fusible woven interfacing on the outer fabric for a more slouchy-type bag.
I've got a lot of repetitive, but fun, craft fair sewing coming up. The VMQG has a table at Got Craft? on December 8/9 at the Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. Come visit our table for fabulous gifts and holiday decor!
I'm linking up with my retreat/guild/local-blogging buddy Felicity because everything about this post makes me happy (aside from the fact that I should have done it on Friday...d'oh, it's called Friday Felicities!). Next week, think about something that makes you happy and post about it so you can link up, too!