Friday, May 2, 2014

A not-so-little something.

A few months ago, just before my birthday, I came across this tutorial for an awesome zip bag made from printed fabric.  I HAD to have one, so I ordered a fat quarter of the fabric from Spoonflower as a birthday gift to myself.  I haven't had much energy or time for sewing this week, but I did manage to cut this project out on Wednesday, and sew it together yesterday.


I did a few things differently on my bag from the tutorial.  I had my fabric printed onto organic cotton sateen, which has a lovely sheen but is quite thin.  To give my bag a bit more heft, I used fusible fleece on the outer rather than regular interfacing.  The added weight also helped because I used my leftover orange lining fabric for the inside.


I used a nylon zipper because the colors are more fun and I hate metal zippers on bags - they always ding up my nails!  After I finished the bag I felt like it needed a little some thing more, so I popped on one of my tassel keyrings.


At 9" x 14", this bag is quite a bit bigger than the ones I usually make.  I think I like it though, although obviously I haven't had a chance to carry it around yet.  Doesn't it just say "Summer?!"


Because of the way the fabric was printed, the palm trees on the front are a bit taller than those on the back.


The corners on the bag are boxed:


I have a pretty sizable piece of that matte black sequin fabric left.  I'm thinking it will make a great bag, using this pattern.   But for that I probably will have to cut the sequins out of the seam allowances, so it will be a project for another time.



31 comments:

  1. Cute!

    I can't sew bags. I don't know why but they always come out horrendous!

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    1. Hahaha! That's funny! It took me the longest time to get over my confusion about how to attach the lining when I first started making them. And there are definitely some tricks that make success more likely. As with everything, practice makes perfect!

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    2. Nakisha, a great first bag pattern is Simplicity 4265 (also a cute dress pattern!), the zipper instructions are awesome.

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  2. Oooh, this is my favorite of all your bags! As a Floridian-in-exile, the palm trees and pops of sun orange and brilliant sky blue really speak to me. And the tassel echoes the palms -- clever!

    I want to try out Spoonflower one of these days. Actually, I want to print my own designs (which do not exist yet, haha). But someday, maybe even soon, as I ordered a Wacom tablet and Corel Painter this week ...

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    1. I know - I love palm trees! They make me feel calm . . .

      I've only purchased prints (kits) already existing on Spoonflower. Both the things I've bought have been really nice quality, and they have more and more substrates they've added.

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  3. I love your bag! And considering my warm feelings to Puerto-Rico I think I would like to make this awesome accessory too. Who knows, I might visit the island again... :-)

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    1. Thank you! Obviously I fell in love when I saw the original!

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  4. This is cool, and a sequined one would be great for evenings out. I wish I could carry a clutch bag but somehow I always need my hands free to carry all sorts of stuff. Sometimes I even sling my hangbag cross body style haha, not very stylish!

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    1. I know! I love the look of a clutch but I also hate having my hands unavailable! I only use clutch bags occasionally, but I sure do love making them!

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  5. that's a great little bag! love the palm tree design.

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    1. Isn't it great? Wish I were there :-)

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  6. What a great print! I love that little tassel, too.

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  7. That print is so great. The tassel is the perfect touch.

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    1. Thank you, Angela! Everthing's better with a tassel, right? ;-)

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  8. That is indeed an awesome bag.
    -- stashdragon

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  9. I'm a sucker for anything with palm trees, so I love it! The tassel is a nice touch.

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  10. So adorable and love the pop of color with the orange lining!

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    1. Thanks, Anna! I love orange and turquoise together! Orange goes with a lot of colors!

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  11. This is so cute!!! OK, I had to laugh a little- only you would be notice that metal zippers chip your nails! So funny!

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    1. But they do! And then it drives me crazy!!

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  12. Coveting. You are such a skilled seamstress. I had brought your bag to my mum's and she was checking out that project bag you have/made for me. She was so impressed with it, totally noting how you lined it wonderfully and how clever you were to cover the zipper end like that.

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    1. Thanks, Stef! I love seeing the little bag I made you pop up in your photos! It tickles me that you're getting so much use out of it!

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  13. that looks SO LUXE! I love it!

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    1. Thank you! Never too much luxe, eh? ;-)

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  14. Love the print! The complementing colors you chose look great too.

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! I was glad I had some of that orange lining left over, because I love orange and turquoise together!

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