I love Flickr. And I love swapping on Flickr. For awhile, I was trying to manage six to ten swaps at a time and it was just too much! I wasn’t able to really put in the thought and effort I wanted to, so I decided to simplify. I try and stick to only one at a time right now, and I chose the ‘Goodie Bag’ swap for this round. My partner seems to love linen and love Anna Maria. She has a lifestyle a lot like mine and needs to have a bag that can keep up. With that in mind, I tackled the ‘Expandable Pack It In’ Bag from U-Handbags.
What do you think?
I signed up for an advanced bag, and I feel like this pattern fits the bill. The directions are very clear and there are a lot of great photos. The only thing I struggled with were the markings for the casings. I swear I measured, but once the bag was sewn together, the markings and the ties didn’t match up. But, no worries. Since the bag hadn’t been sewn shut, I was able to make it work!
This tote bag has a zipper (which I am woefully out of practice on). It also has eyelets, which I had never before tried. But, what is life without a little excitement, right?
The eyelets went in fine (after I bought the right tool) and then I got to tackle magnetic snaps (also for the first time). These were a breeze.
And overall, I am happy with the resulting bag. I am only sad I have to send it away! But, it would be greedy of me to keep it, since I received this amazing parcel from Kelly:
See that mermaid notebook cover. I saw it in her photostream and swooned. And now its mine! I am one very lucky duck!