Hi there! It's been a while! I've been swamped with custom orders and now gift sewing, not to mention preparing for Christmas.
There are two quilts I want to share this week but first, I just finished this bag and couldn't wait to show it off.
We draw names for Christmas presents in our family and the family member I got desperately needs a new purse. A sneaky person sent me a picture of her current Vera Bradly purse and it is positively threadbare! I immediately knew of just the right pattern, the Two Zip Hipster. It's a cross-body style just like her current purse. Picking the fabrics proved much more difficult though. She is a country western girl to the core and I was told that aqua/turquoise is her favorite color. I just couldn't find an aqua/turquoise fabric I was happy with. Eventually I settled on a Juliana Horner print from JoAnn's and paired it with Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in the denim color.
I sure hope she likes it!
To take a shortcut, I used a ready made purse handle I found at JoAnn's while looking for the proper strap hardware.
I was SO thick where the handle straps are sewn into the purse that I had to hand turn the wheel on my machine to get it through all the layers without breaking the needle. Next time, I might use a little less interfacing on that part. The only other thing I did differently was skip interfacing the lining of the bag. It just didn't need it.
I know in front of your garage door isn't exactly the most desirable backdrop but hey, it's the middle of the afternoon and I'm in a hurry!
This is a really great bag and I want one for myself now!