Over the holidays, I achieved one of my sewing goals: i made myself a Go Anywhere Bag. I had picked up a plaid Aunt Edna fabric from joanns and i chose some black yarn-dyed essex to go with it. The bag was fairly easy to put together.
I made a few minor changes. I had a hard time turning the interfaced straps right side out so I cut new straps 4 inches wide and turned the edges toward the middle and then folded the strap in half and topstitched. i also skipped the interfacing since my straps were now twice as thick as the pattern indicates. I used cotton canvas interlining instead of an iron on interfacing. I used a regular magnetic snap instead of a sew-in snap. this is a great work bag. The lining is an oh deer fabric. i heart the tiny red deer.
A regular blog reader saw my bag on flickr and asked me to make second bag as a custom order for her. So I got to appreciate this fabric combo again. For her bag I used some of my red knit print fabric from connecting threads for the lining. As a knitter, I suspected she might appreciate it.
For her bag, I made the slip pocket a smidge shorter because I found my pocket was too deep. I also double topstitched for a more polished look and made her straps a little bit longer.
This is a really great bag and I plan to make a few more for the shop whenever I get a free moment.