For the last couple of weeks I have been avidly reading every bag tutorial I can find on this board, and I'm finally ready to show off something that I put together
Sorry that I can't reference individual tutorials, as I didn't bookmark them, but suffice it to say that I learned how to insert zips, add pockets, attach straps, and put the whole thing together, all thanks to the generosity of those people who took the time to write tutorials and put them here. Thank you!
Here is my banana bag in all its glory. I got the banana fabric online for NZ$4 and found some soft black fabric in a local shop for about NZ$2 - money well spent, I think
The finished bag is about 13" tall and 9" wide. The strap is 48" long.
I really love the banana fabric, but it was a bit much for the outside, so I used it for the button cover and loop.
Inside is a zip pocket. I made it a patch pocket rather than cutting into the lining, since I had never put in a zip in this manner before and was afraid of messing it up.
There are some pockets on the other side too, for my pens, MP3 player, and other junk.
Overall, I am really delighted with this bag. It is VERY roomy inside. If I was making it again, I'd make more of an effort to use matching thread (although I do like the black thread against the yellow), and I would use stiffer interfacing. But it only took me 3 hours from start to finish, and I am confident that I can do it faster next time.
I'm so glad that I found this site!