Your PortaPocket is gorgeous, very cheerful and bright and pretty. I've made several of these, both the large like yours and the smaller one and honestly, after the first one, they go much faster. It all starts to make sense and you can do things more in an assembly line when you have multiples, like the pockets. Cutting it out takes longer than anything, so many pieces! But they're totally worth it in the long run and they make wonderful presents for friends and family.
I'm going to make one to go inside the console of my car, to organize that "black hole".
That is perfectly adorable and no wonder he likes it! You did a great job, I love the randomness of the back and the cute fabric design on the front. Of course, I have a thing for heavy equipment, I would kill for my own grader!
It's great and what a great idea to do something like that for the kiddo and practice your free motion quilting at the same time. I might have to try that myself, I'll make the cat something, or the dog!
I am TOTALLY impressed, Miss K! I just love everything about your bag, the happy fabric you chose, the workmanship, everything! It looks perfect. I'm so glad to see your finished product. And it gives me great new ideas for my spring/summer bag that I have been searching for just the right fabric, you've opened up my horizons.
Great job! You will be styling wherever you go, from now on!
It's stunning! You did a perfect job lining up the pattern in the fabric and it looks absolutely perfect! I am so impressed. It is lovely, the colors are great, too.
I stitched my lining in by hand and then I took some more stitches around the edges and along seam lines to keep the lining from flopping around. There are no pockets inside unless you add your own. I added one zippered one in mine, for jewelry.
I would spray the bag with Scotch Guard and maybe put little feet on the bottom and only spot clean the bag as needed, if it was mine. I read a post somewhere where a lady washed her Sophia bag and it was never the same. It also called for Timtex and she couldn't get it to look as nice as it did when it was new and unwashed.
I don't know that I like anyone enough to make them one of these bags! It cost plenty to make and many hours, too. You are very generous, Tinafish. Have a happy baby!
You did a great job, I love the whole thing. Piecing the pockets, what a big job, and it looks terrific.
I've made a Weekender, too, so I know what you went thru to get it done. You're going to love this bag, I am still looking for more fabric that I want to use to make another one, since my first one was kind of autumnal looking. I need a spring/summer one. I've used mine a lot already and expect to use it forever more. Gotta have at least 2, right?
Thanks very much! The pattern I started out with is from an older publication by Lynn Paulin. It's called "Fabric Wallets and Purse Accessories" and is still available every now and then on Ebay or at Amazon. But any decent wallet pattern will do, the trick is to customize it to suit YOUR needs. I've made my mother wallets and purses for years now and between the two of us, we've figured out what makes the perfect one for her. And every one has been different.
Another good pattern is by Favorite Things- A Wallet Purse. I've made this one, too. I didn't care for it as much as my own, but it has great instructions and features that I did like. So I learned something from it, which is half the battle later on when customizing. http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/Item--i-FT-070
Thanks for looking at my wallet. Mum gets it today!
I adapted a pattern from a fabric accessory book that I've had for years and years, and made her a little wallet/purse on a string. She wore her last one flat out, it had holes in it! Since she uses it every day, she likes this kind of fabric because it goes with almost everything. This is Laurel Burch fabric on the outside, inside it says things like "meow, big cat, Burmese, jump, scat cat, play, tiny kitty, smitten kitten, precious", etc. That's funny, because Precious is her nickname.
There's a zipper compartment on the flap.
A pocket/zipper compartment combo on the back.
Inside- a credit card holder/money slot and gusseted ends so nothing loose falls out.
And a pen holder. It's held closed with a long strip of velcro. The strap is removable so she can use it as a wallet if she wants to. My mom is 87 years old and so easy to please, she's going to love this when I get it to her tomorrow.
And thank goodness for tough machines and heavy duty needles. At one point, I was stitching thru 17 layers of fabric and batting and interfacing. Sheesh! I'd make myself one but I don't feel like torturing myself! Next time, no back pocket! Too thick. Or else no CC holder, that added a lot of fabric to it. Oh, well- live and learn!