Thursday, August 18, 2011

241

My mom's birthday is tomorrow and for once in my life, I managed to send a gift on time.
241 tote
When I was visiting AR my mom said that she wanted a new handbag, but she needed one with lots of pockets. I thought that the 241 Tote with all of its options would fit the bill nicely. I used Amy Butler prints for the exterior and the lining and kona cotton in stone for the accent fabric.
241 tote
I shortened the strap so it could be used as either a shoulder bag or a handbag and inserted craft-fuse interfacing. I only added one zipper pocket to the outside and I put in an additional zipper pocket in the lining using the same method. basically you make a welt pocket and sew in the zipper. it's fairly easy to do. i also put the slip pocket on the opposite side of the lining, so that makes 5 pockets total. hopefully that's enough.

i like this bag a lot and i may make another one for myself, but it is a bit smaller than i was anticipating. it's the right size for my mom, but i think that my perspective may be a bit skewed because i'm used to carrying larger bags now. i believe i could stand for it to be a wee bit bigger, so next time i might print out the pattern at 125% or something.

i'm not sure that i would recommend the bag for an absolute beginner, just because the curves can be a little tricky. for someone new to sewing, i'd probably suggest the Jane Market Bag over this one because it's all straight seams. but if you have just a little experience, this bag is pretty easy as well and the instructions are nice and clear.

8 comments:

  1. That's an intersting design! I haven't done any sewing in a long time, and it would intimidate me a little. I have bought several bag patterns, but NO sewing mojo to do them. :o( I love looking at what you create.

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  2. love the bag.  i bet your mom will love it!

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  3. That came out great! I love the pretty AB fabric against the neutral stone.

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  4. This looks amazing! Your pairing of the bold AB print with the Kona Stone is very sophisticated. I bet your mom loves it. And the zipper looks really nice! I've been thinking about the pattern, and it's good to know about the size.

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  5. Very nice.  I really like the bag.  You topstitching is great!

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  6. I bought the bag pattern, you enabler you,  lol!  I love your fabric combination and I love pockets.  I'm glad I clicked on your link.  That website has a ton of tutorials.  thanks.

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  7. What a great bag.  I love the fabrics you've chosen for it.  I'll bet your mom loves it!

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  8. These are beautiful bags! I love the fabric choice.

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