21 July 2008

Patchwork Bag

I finished this bag yesterday! There are a lot of things that I changed about the pattern. Initially, I planned to stick to the pattern since I'm fairly new to sewing. But then I realized that following the pattern resulted in this...



Ugh! Look at those hideous seams! I thought briefly about just covering them up, but then I realized another problem...



The shape is weird! It's too tall. My things would get lost in there! So, I decided to fold the top layer of squares inside and made a new lining. This actually worked out well because it gave me the opportunity to add a magnetic closure and inside pockets. I had originally wanted to add these but when I first started the pattern, it seemed daunting and I gave it up. Here's the final product. Cute, eh?



And here's the inside...



The only thing that bothers me about this bag is that the straps are a bit too short. I like to carry my bags on my shoulder and this barely fits. But I can always fix that later, if I'm so inclined. Other than that, I was really surprised at how quickly I was able to get this done. It's a great motivation for me to take on new projects.

5 comments:

Joanna said...

*Soooooo* cute!!!

Meagan said...

wow great job!

Johanna said...

Very cute! I'm impressed by the way you changed it up!

Tina said...

Oooohhh, I LOVE it!
I can't believe you are new to sewing!

Marie said...

well, maybe i shouldn't have said i'm new to sewing. i did post that cat suit a couple months ago that i sewed with my mom's help. but i never really did get that into sewing and i have so much to learn that i feel like i'm a beginner. i do know how to sew a button hole, but i can't for the life of me figure out how to sew an elastic band. the technique in which you actually sew on the elastic that is. it's so exciting to learn a new craft!