Sunday, June 03, 2012
This one is for Meredith, she saw the pattern and liked the graphic owl on a bag.
Description: A modern and fun twist on the classic bucket tote. Patchwork and applique techniques make this tote stand out!
Finished size: 13.5″w x 8″ (excluding handles)
Instructions: This would be a great pattern for a newbie sewer or new to bag sewing. Great instructions, many photos and an easy bag to construct.
Fabric: osnaburg for the base with quilting cotton scraps
Changes: The instructions have you cut your scraps into 3-3/4” strips for the border of the bag and 4” for the handles. It would be easier to cut them all at the 4”, having a nice assortment of scraps for the border and handles. Seemed silly to me to have scraps with a 1/4” difference.
I also shortened the handles, pattern called for 28”, I used 22” handles.
Conclusion: Cute and quick bag with a fun applique. I enjoyed using some of my scraps for this bag. The owl applique was a fun addition to a basic bag pattern but not sure I needed to invest in the pattern for a very basic bag. The most important part, Meredith is thrilled with her new bag and that is all that matters.
You have probably noticed, no fashion sewing here. I have a backlog of purses to complete plus I really need to fashion fabric shop. My stash is low, just few of pieces and I am not too inspired by those right now.