First, I owe you a snowflake block from Friday and it will be on my blog this Wednesday! It was a crazy fabric week with first Notting Hill and then Lucky Penny arriving in our shop. If you are craving new fabric, these lines are both GORGEOUS!
Each piece of fabric in this bag mean something to me. I fussycut the daylights out of some of my most precious fabrics to make it special. This Heather Ross fox print was gifted to me by the wonderful Michelle a few years ago now and I have been
hoarding hanging on to it waiting for just the right project. I even sent a bit home with my mom for cutting out all of my weekender pieces. My mother is a saint.
On the second side, I included Heather Ross frogs. We refer to my little girl as ‘froggy’ and have since she was born. A few weeks ago, she looked at me after I called her a frog and told me, ‘Mommy, my name’s Abby’. She is getting so big.
Every time I tried to persuade myself to use just a solid piece, I instantly knew I would regret it later, so aside from the lining, handles and the bottom, the entire thing is pieced. After piecing, I quilted each piece onto batting and duck cloth a la Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson. I blame her for all of the time I spent on this bag.
But I love the results, even if they were a month (more, actually) in the making. The question I get most when people see my bag is ‘would you make another one?’ My answer is a resounding yes. This bag is SO great. It’s a great size.
If you are making one, my tips would be:
Go SLOW. Amy mentions this in her pattern. She’s serious. If you get frustrated with it, just walk away for a little while.
Add pockets to the lining. It make a huge difference!
I made my straps 7″ wide and added 9″ to the length. If I had it to do over, I would also double the amount of interfacing inside of them.
Shorten the zipper. It goes down into the pockets and that is a bit annoying.
Take a deep breath. If I can do it, anyone can!
Thanks for stopping by!