Happy Friday, y'all! Many moons ago, I virtually bumped into this nice gal, Alicia from Paco Bean, and she was needing some professional looking pictures of bags made from her new pattern, Dorothy Day Tripper. While I think I'm pretty good with the camera, I told her that I would love to make the bag and blog about it instead. She emailed the pattern to me almost immediately. I had to order the 24 inch zipper for the bag and it never showed up so I finally got my hands on one and made the bag this week. Since I'm a quilter at heart, I had to do my own quilted version...
Now, I am going to be honest. I am not a huge fan of making bags. I love the idea of making them and then the flame just fizzles once it's finished and then I never use it. However, with this bag I know I will use it! It will be great for packing all my quilty supplies when I go to retreats or sewing club. If it wears out, I can make a new one! That's the awesome part about patterns, especially pdf ones.
I would say this pattern is not for the beginner, but more intermediate. I had never sewn with piping before and I definitely need some more practice. I would have to say the hardest part was attaching the side panels to the main sides and the piping. Clover Wonder clips saved the day! I think this would be an issue with any bag like this. I decided to hand stitch the lining inside so I didn't have duplicate stitch lines on top.
I used my charm pack in Glamping by Mary Jane for Moda and then just some Glamping remnants I found at the quilt shop for the insides. On a side note, I am officially out of Glamping fabric. After a pillow, quilt and now bag I think I've proved my love. I used Pellon 71F for the body but I didn't use any interfacing for the inside lining because I was being lazy or cheap or both...lol. For the panels, you need to make 2 - 3x4 panels and 2 - 2x4 panels (pocket). On the bigger panel, you can use the "boring" charms on the bottom row since it will be hidden by the pocket panel.
I used premade piping (two packages) and my handles are cotton webbing from JoAnns. I didn't have a project in mind when I bought the webbing so I was a tad short, but it all worked out. I stitched the top of the handles together to make it easier to hold. I also used a jean needle while sewing which helped with the thick layers and the thick handles.
Getting the premade piping and straps saves a lot of time. I think the most time consuming part of making the bag was picking the fabric, cutting, and fusing the interfacing. Hand stitching the lining also took a bit of time but it was done on the couch watching tv so I don't count that...haha.
Alicia from Paco Bean is also so graciously giving away this pattern to one of my readers. WHOOP WHOOP! All you have to do is leave a comment here and I'll pick a winner Tuesday! Be sure to like her facebook page, too! Giveaway is closed!! Check this post to see who won!
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