Sunday, October 26, 2008
I'm starting to gather materials & ideas for some hand made by me holiday gifts. I'd like to do some bags for some of the ladies on my list, so I was thrilled when I found this pattern (New Look 6574). It has 5 great bags of various styles & sizes so you get a lot of bang for the buck. I decided to try out my favorite one and see if it would work out and I'm pleased to say it's on the list! I'd never made a bag before (wet bags don't count), so I wasn't sure how easy it would be or how well it would turn out. This was really straightforward and doesn't use a lot of fabric. I was really drawn to this Alexander Henry print because it was so vibrant and can go with a lot because of all the colors and I like how finished the lining looks too. This bag can work as an oversize purse or a funky tote.
The only thing was to brace the bottom they said to cut a piece of cardboard and just stick it in the bottom of the bag. That seemed kind of ghetto to me (especially if you give one as a gift), so I sandwiched the cardboard in the lining & bottom, which was a bit tricky to work with. Next time I'll slipcover the cardboard in the fabrics as a separate piece and just slip it in the bottom rather than try to have it stitched into the base.