I LOVE THIS BAG.
Its my favorite bag I’ve made so far. Intended as my new ‘sweater knitting bag’ I’ve yet to put my latest sweater project in it because I keep using it for other things!
What I like:
- tote style – just throw my crap in it
- the metal zipper – gives it a more professional-made look
- leather straps and pull tab – see above comment + ease – making straps take time; I bought the leather from AllLeatherSupplies (etsy)
- size – big enough without being too big
- needle pocket – I sized one of the pockets to fit my phone and the ‘needle’ slots are just right for pens
What I would do different:
- actually buy a snap setter for this particular snap – I bought these metal snaps from Springfieldleather (etsy) which are the same size as a snap setter that I already have, but the post length was too long for the setter. So… really these are decorative and not functional. oops!
- install an interior zip pocket
- add a key holder inside because my keys get lost in the bottom of the bag
The bag came together pretty quickly actually. Cutting the fabric and interfacing took the most time. I cut and interfaced the pieces in one afternoon – grouping and labeling the pieces as I went. However, when assembling the pieces, I got a little confused due to the pattern piece descriptions. I think next time I’ll number them and then mark up the pattern instructions with the numbers. I followed the pattern instructions including the type of interfacing. I omitted the grommets on the interior slip pocket; they’re intended as yarn guides, but I know that I won’t use them. However, grommets are pretty cool looking.
I was able to make this month’s Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild meeting where I showed it off. I love being part of this guild (and the FRMQG for the same reasons), not only for the eye candy and inspiration, but for the suggestions and tips. While I was up there, the other ladies mentioned finding leather belts at Goodwill to re-purpose for bag handles and Stephanie mentioned looking in the climbing section of REI at the ropes and tie-downs for straps and handles.
I’ve already got fabric and leather purchased for my next one.
Pattern: Caravan Tote by Anna Graham (Noodlehead)