I bought some cutesy fish fabric a couple of weeks ago thinking I'd quilt with it but changed my mind; I was going to make the Amy Butler Weekender bag my next project but it's still too daunting for me and for my poor abused fingers. I'm too accident-prone to handle multiple layers and zillions of pins!
So... I made two slouchy little bags. One for my sister, one for me.
This is hers:
The picture's not really representative of the final product, I should have modeled it or something. It's very very slouchy, which is what she likes.
I'm grouchy about the little bag that goes with it; I thought I'd make a pencil bag since she doesn't really need pockets in a bag and doesn't carry cosmetics but DOES carry a ton of pens. All went well until the zipper buckled on me for reasons unknown so the bag looks goofy.
Here's a closer look at the fabric:
This is mine:
(Sorry, I filled it back up immediately before I thought to take a picture)
Unlike my dear darling sister I carry around half my life in a handbag so it has to be gigantic. It has to fit all that stuff and at least one or two paperbacks!
I'd give you a tute but you ladies/gents are savvy; both are incredibly simple bags so it's probably nothing you haven't seen before. I'll try to tackle the Weekender bag once I con my boyfriend into driving me out to the fabric store for the fabric stabilizer.
Which brings to mind a question that someone might answer: I typically like really slouchy bags so I never, ever bother with stabilizer (and it shows!). I have a ton of quilt batting sitting around and have a couple quilted bag patterns but am curious: if you use batting, does it give your bag a degree of stiffness similar to what stabilizer might provide or does it really just make the whole thing puffy? Having never worked with the stuff I have no sense of what the stabilizer even looks like.