I can’t believe how long it took me to finish this bag! It sat for a week, buuuuut that was after a frustrating day of dealing with zippers that for some reason didn’t want to work with me. I’ve sewn them many, many times, in many, many different ways, but alas, they didn’t like me and I didn’t like them.
What inspired me to make my bag was looking at all of the Better Life Bags (their mission is awesome!). I hope to get one for the holidays, just to support them, well that and the bags are gorgeous! I wish they sold their bag patterns…
I wanted to use up my faux suede I had leftover from my baby shoes, and an Italian linen top I had thrifted. I was saving the top for a dress skirt for the girls, but I thought it would be fun as a bag too.
I used fusible fleece to sturdy up the zebra fabric since that’s what I had on hand. I’m holding on to my Soft n’ Stable for another bag that I have in my sewing queue and can’t wait to make! I probably should’ve doubled the fusible fleece because the bag is a little slouchy, but it still holds its shape fairly well.
Now here’s where the hiccups occurred. I decided to add a zipper to the outside. When I was sewing the zipper to the liner, there were all types of mysterious complications, then out of impatience I measured incorrectly and didn’t realize it until I had cut the slit in my outside fabric. I didn’t have anymore fabric available to cut a new piece, so I was stuck with this gaping zipper opening. I decided to use some faux suede to help enclose the zipper on the sides. I used the same technique as for the top zipper. Then I had to hand sew the zipper in. Looking back, I should’ve added the faux suede to fill in the entire opening, and created the zipper opening from that, but like I said, I wasn’t thinking clearly.
The top zipper was also giving me a hard time. I somehow completely forgot how to use my zipper foot (I’m blaming this on mommy brain), and sewed the fabric so close to the zipper I couldn’t unzip it! After lots of seam ripping, I finally got it in there. Phew!!! Zippers all done.I used top stitching thread to match the zipper too.
For the lining I used some leftover fabric from my daughter’s cape lining. I like the pop in color. The fabric is really soft too.
In the meantime, I found a couple of other bags I’m sewing up as holiday gifts! Hint: Checkout the free patterns on the Robert Kaufman website! Hopefully I’ve learned from my earlier mistakes and will take it slowly. No room for impatience in sewing!
Have you ever lost your patience sewing? Am I the only one? It sure makes everything much more difficult and time consuming!!!