This bag is an amazing design. So much work must have gone into the planning and production. It took me most of the day to make this, about six hours actively sewing plus breaks for food and stuff.
It has two straps so you can wear it as a backpack or shoulder bag, attaching to either the upper or lower D rings.
The fabrics I used were in my stash. Four of them are from one grouping and the orange was from a different range but coordinated well.
The above photos are the finished pockets. There are four zippers in this bag!
Below are the component parts before assembly.
A lot of hardware too!
Considering the fabric, the interfacing (Thermolam and SF101 aren’t cheap), the swivel hooks, D rings and sliders, and the time it took to make, this wouldn’t be a viable product to sell, but I made this for the joy and the challenge so it’s OK!
I have tabs open on my laptop for a couple more Yoan videos so perhaps you’ll see another completed project this weekend.
Often when I get home from a full day on my feet, having lifted myriad bolts of fabric and dealt with lots of people (can you say extroverted introvert?!) I am wiped and all I have the energy for is food, tea, Netflix and bed.
Other days, given the right motivation, I can actually get things done.
One evening to make an apron and a second to make an oven mitt to add to the display.
My hand-dyed yarn crocheted over cotton clothesline.
Just because I love the camper fabric so much!
And another WhitneySews bag from the same tutorial as the cat bag I showed you last time. How adorable is this fabric, with the yarn-bombed trees!
One day, I managed to have a complete sewing room blitz and now everything is tidier and better organized.
I’m working tomorrow but then I have three days off. Ooh, what mischief can I get up to?!
The patchwork tote that I envisaged last week is now a reality. It always feels like free fabric when you piece a lot of scraps together.
I confess I did buy fabric for the lining. The zipper is one of my cheapie ones from an online purchase (they work out at about 35 cents each) and the pink fabric for the pocket lining was in the stash.
I hit a snag after putting it all together. I realised that the large curtain grommets that I planned to use wouldn’t work because of the zipper pocket. I should have placed it lower down.
So a quick purchase of emergency 14mm grommets later, I had my handles sorted.
The beach fabric with the camper vans, surfboards and beach houses has been put to good use in two more bags for the #dodgybagmal2021!
This zipper pouch is bigger than the owl one I talked about a couple of posts ago. I increased the height of the denim base by one inch and did the same with the upper exterior fabric. It made for a more roomy bag but maintained good proportions.
The inside has a couple of extra slip pockets just because.
Rather than piece a patchwork pocket (how’s that for alliteration) I used a single piece of the surfboard fabric and as I had fusible fleece inside I didn’t bother doing any quilting.
The handles are quite narrowly positioned but I wanted to avoid covering certain parts of the print. If I make this bag again, I will definitely add zipper tabs to avoid that pulled in look at the ends. And I would use my best fabric for the pocket as that’s the main feature.