Friday, February 8, 2013

Ninja Pocket

Hopefully you are not too tired of seeing 241 Bags here. I just can't stop making them! Last weekend I taught a workshop for my traditional guild. I prepared all of the pattern pieces so that I was set for demonstrating various stages in the bag construction.

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This time I decided to go all out and purchase some of Melody Miller's typewriter fabric. I already had the perfect lining with Lu Summer's 'Summersville' alphabet print in aqua! The side panels are a Japanese linen blend graphic print by Ellen Luckett Baker for Kokka called 'Stamped'. The side pockets are lined with Lizzy House pearl bracelets in swiss chard - a delicious bright green.

Typewriter 241 Bag by Poppyprint

I decided to combine both versions of Anna's pattern and include side pockets, plus one zipper pocket (many of the workshop participants did the same). Check out my ninja pocket placement: 

Typewriter 241 Bag by Poppyprint

Typewriter 241 Bag by Poppyprint
I like a jazzy pocket lining!

I like to use my Pfaff's triple stitch for topstitching whenever possible (great for pouches). It results in a great stand-out stitch - I used it along the top edge of the side pockets. It's tricky when going around curves or over bulky seam allowances, so this is the only spot I used it on this bag. On the photo below you can see the difference when comparing the single stitch around the top edge of the bag and center panel.

Typewriter 241 Bag by Poppyprint

Typewriter 241 Bag by Poppyprint

That's a bit of photo overload, but these fabrics are so fun to shoot and I am enjoying using the new macro lens that B gave me for Christmas!  For that, I'm linking up with Friday's Felicities!

38 comments:

Kathy P said...

The zipper placement is perfect Krista! Leave it to you to come up with such a unique idea. Love it!

Annabella said...

I never tire of seeing these totes and this one is perfect!

Charlotte said...

LOVE the zipper placement! Genius!

Flying Blind... said...

Oooh I love me a Ninj!!

Delores said...

I had eyed this bag up since last spring and finally made one for a friend's birthday - I love it. Have my own to make yet. Love your choice of fabrics.

Alisa said...

Love it! Very cool zipper placement!

Katie B said...

This is so awesome! I need a ninja pocket in my life.

traceyjay said...

LOVE this mix of colors! and the ninja pocket is of course amazing. Super cute!

Karen said...

Genuis zipper placement and a lovely bag, i keep seeing this typewriter fabric and think I must get some! :o)

Di said...

That zipper placement is just so clever. Di x

Terri in BC said...

I really have to get some of that typewriter fabric! I had a Smith-Corona portable in just that colour when I was a teenager.

dutchcomfort said...

Love your choice of fabrics for this 241 tote! And such a clever zipper!

Canadian Abroad said...

I love your fabric choices and the zipper is inspired. One day I might try this pattern, maybe.

The domestic Groove said...

This bag is so much fun to make. I bet I have done 8 or 10 of them and I am sure there are more in my future. I don't tend to get into the trendy fabrics, but I think you have inspired me with this one. Definitely the cutest thing I have seen made out of typewriter fabric! Great work!
By the way - I love your blog. I have been a follower for quite some time.

ann said...

Ninja my ass, no ninja would ever be so clever to be able to hide in a typewriter . You just knocked my proverbial socks off. How fun !

♥Duff said...

ninja pocket ROAR!

Carla said...

VERY COOL bag. Clever you ; )

Kristie said...

Love this bag so much! I have hoarded some of that typewriter print....may have to pick up some of the Stamped, it is a perfect match! And love how you positioned the zip on the typewriter :)

So, if you need a volunteer to take this off your hands...... ;) Love it!

Heather D. said...

Very very clever!

Leanne said...

That pocket is excellent! I love the bag, I am never tired of this bag.

DianeY said...

Can't believe yur zipper-and it looks like everyone else is duly impressed as well! Great job! Kind of puts a new spin on a pattern that's been out there awhile!
Hope you're still praying to Madame Pele! So far so good! lol

carol said...

Awesome....simply awesome!

Rachel said...

That is awesome! Really, in the true sense of the word. I love everything about this - the type fabric (my daughter wants a skirt made from it), the lining, the strategically placed zipper. Well done!

Elaine said...

I adore your bag-- the ninja pocket is so clever and the fabrics work together perfectly!

**nicke... said...

i don't think it is possible to get sick of that pattern! i have made 5 so far this year! three of them little ones. i love that pattern to bits and can make it in my sleep now!

Lise-Lotte said...

That is SO cool
Lise-Lotte
partygreen(dot)ca

Elsa said...

I just bought the divided basket from Anna and was thinking of getting the 214 tote ~ guess I'll have to go back and get it ~ loving yours, especially the ninja pocket!

legato1958 said...

Gorgeous bag~! LOVE the ninja zipper in the typewriter!! Adorable!!
I love this bag... and will just have to make another after seeing yours!!

Susie

Svetlana said...

love the pocket, so very clever :)

Danielle said...

I love your versions of this bag! I think I'm going to take the plunge and make one. :)

felicity said...

MOST excellent fabric choices and stealth zipper placement! I finished my first (but not last) 241 just today. VERY pleased with it. And thanks for linking up to Friday Felicities, my dear!

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

I didn't even notice the zipper at first so job well done incorporating it into the typewriter. You make such pretty bags, I would love to be in your class!

Anna said...

in love with the ninja pocket. :))))

Dana said...

I love the Ninja placement! I just bout a pfaff quilting machine...what is the triple stitch you've mentioned for topstitching? Just wondering if it has a number or another name.....

sew katie did said...

Cute fabric combo.

Live a Colorful Life said...

That zipper placement is the BEST!!! Great combination of fabrics.

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is probably the dumbest question ever--why is it called a ninja pocket?

Kirsten said...

This is gorgeous - really love the fabrics you have used!