A little while ago a friend asked me to make a bag for her sister’s birthday. Finally, about a month after said birthday, the bag is done!
The pattern is the Large Tote & Satchel, by Nicole Mallalieu Design. My friend provided the fabric. The plain maroon fabric didn’t work as well as I would have liked, unfortunately – it was a little too crisp and despite the addition of interfacing and fusible wadding it didn’t have the heft that I prefer to work with. I was a bit disappointed in the finished result.
I modified the pattern slightly by using Nikki’s excellent instructions for making a hard structured base, and included purse feet.
The strap is adjustable – I really like making straps this way. A layer of fusible wadding, topstitching, a bit of bag hardware, and ta-da, a comfy bag strap!
There are two inside pockets, one zippered, and the flap closes with a magnetic catch. There is a layer of clear PVC over the flap, and I bound the flap together with bias binding. I hope that Terri likes it!
Edited to add: The PVC covering the flap is from the tablecloth area at Spotlight – make sure that you get the thinnest clear PVC for sewing. The zip, D-rings, slide adjuster, purse feet, interfacing and wadding all come from Nicole Mallalieu Design.