Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Tale of 2 Bags

Custom Go Anywhere Bag

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.

Go Anywhere Bag
Custom Go Anywhere Bag

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.


  1. very cute. i see you didn't use piping, i really like it. perfect fabric. i want to get a bolt of the black and flax yarn dyed. it is so pretty! i have the pattern pieces cut out for this pattern and i hope to make one very soon. i have been on a bit of a bag making kick and i am really enjoying it. i finished up another nikki tote yesterday. i love how quickly bags go together. i have been itching to make another jane market tote also. thanks for the tip on the handle. i think it is so much easier to make straps that way.

  2. Both bags are awesome, and yay for a custom order! And yes, the yarn-dyed fabric is the best.

  3. The bags are so pretty, and I love how big they are!

  4. These are cute (and roomy - very important for me with all the stuff I lug around ;) ), I especially love those tiny deer!



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