I’m going to International Quilt Market in Minneapolis this week and thought it would be fun to have a new bag! Plus, this bag is BIG so it should definitely fit all my carry on items — PLUS SOME.
Of course, my first step was to pick out some SUPER cute fabric! After all, I’m going to Quilt Market. There are going to be TONS of cute fabrics everywhere!
Isn’t this Pop Garden fabric designed by Heather Bailey awesome? The big print is perfect for the body of the bag and the stripes add the perfect contrast. The green leafy pattern is the interior of the bag and is adorable. I have some extra so I plan to make a cute posy out of it. I may even add it to the bag later for even more flair and personality.
All in all, the bag took about 5-6 hours. But….now that I’ve made one, I know that I can make the next much quicker. My daughter has already told me that she wants one — tweaked a little — for a bookbag. We’ll see…
There are a few things that slowed me down a little as I was making my bag. Please learn from my experience LOL. Make sure that you purchase all the correct notions as stated on the pattern. The Birdie Sling pattern lists “Interfacing”. For some reason, I bought “Fusible Web”. As you can see from the picture, they’re not even close to the same thing. The interfacing is for making fabric more sturdy where the fusible web is for “fusing” two fabrics together. So, after I had all the pattern pieces cut out and was ready to start ironing the interfacing to the fabric, I realized I TOTALLY had the wrong product. Man!!
I love the pleats in this bag! I haven’t done pleats since Home-Ec in High School, so this was fun! Honestly, a friend came over while I was making this bag and she gave me a quick refresher on how to do them. Thanks A!!
Okay, so one thing this bag didn’t have was a closure. You don’t necessarily need one, but hey, I really plan to fill this bag up!! So, I found some matching ribbon (not that that’s hard to do at my house LOL) and just sewed that onto the front and back of the bag. As you’re going along, it kinda makes sense where to add the ribbon. You just sew it in the exact same way you sew in the bag handles. But, instead of one complete piece, you have two. That way they tie together nicely in the middle. Super easy!!
Finished Bag! What do you think? Am I going to be styling at Market with my Amy Butler Birdie Sling made with Heather Bailey fabric?? I definitely think so.
~ Lanae ~