Yesterday, interspersed with feeding children, (why do they need that?), doing laundry and refereeing squabbles, I managed to complete my first 241 Tote; oh there will be more, I have ordered fabric!
I love this bag, the pattern is brilliant, in fact drop by any blog where the bag has appeared, you will hear the same thing. I don't really 'do' patterns, too impatient, bits either look too easy to bother reading properly, or too difficult, so corners can be cut. Well not this one. It all worked out pretty perfectly, even top-stitching the awkward curved side seams, which I was convinced was impossible.
OK, so my execution still leaves a little to be desired, but I have surprised myself with how good it looks.
I have an A side, the safe side...
This is the middle section of the Ruby Star Spring Buzz print, and the pockets are fussy cut from the same.
And a Bee side...
I had to increase the pattern size to 105% to fit the star of the show on better; due to the luck of the cut of my half meter of Bee, the optimum cutting angle of the actual Bee couldn't quite be achieved, however I think I pulled it off.
I have won round Twin1 with my Bee love, but as my 'top insect' (OK, not like I actually have a list or anything!) is the dragonfly, I am so happy to have one of those on there too.
The sides and handle are the Bloom print; I added the selvedge to the underside of the strap, just because I could! I was considering adding it to the top of the inner pocket, then, oh so timely I read this... decision made! I also extended the length by a couple of inches, just as a bit of taste and fancy.
The whole bag is lined with the pale lilac Kona that works really well, no darkness to eat my keys and wallet here.
The cotton-linen Kokka is so lovely to work with, I have never used interfacing on such large expanses of fabric, nor magnetic snaps or lined anything before, and it is not as difficult as I had feared - no stopping me now! Maybe I will try the zipper version too!
I also found out yesterday that I am through to the second stage of brilliant Pings' Japanese Scrap Bag Challenge! Now don't get too excited saying I can have your vote, as my, and probably your friend Sarah is now a rival, along with 8 others including Ali from Very Berry Handmade! So join up to the flickr group to follow our progress, and see what we get up to over the next month or so.