If you make another wallet, you might consider machine quilting 2 layers of fabric together, along with a thin batting. I've made a lot of wallets and string purses using this method and it adds a nice sturdiness without too much bulk. I like to use Warm and Natural batting in between the fabrics and quilt in a grid of 1-1.5". For the inside pieces, leave out the batting and use a light to med. weight interfacing.
Your bag is gorgeous and I'm sure your mother is thrilled with it! Who wouldn't be? Your fabric choices are perfect! I've made this bag and I had to laugh when I heard you had your head in the bag while sewing in the lining. So did I, I thought I was going to spontaneously combust in the process I was so hot. Oh, I had a lamp in there with me, it was so dang dark! My lining was mostly black, which turned out to be a good thing, blood doesn't show up as much on black. I must have pinned that lining into place 6 different times to get it just right.
Again- I love what you made! And making this bag is a huge investment in time and money. Your mother is one lucky lady. I can't fathom giving one of these away. You are very generous.
I'm glad you guys like it. I just wanted to give an update- it's been about a year since I did it and it's holding up perfectly, the paper isn't letting go at all and it looks like new. That Mod Podge is fabulous stuff.
Oh, yay, I worried all day that maye I had hurt your feelings. Thanks for .....well, for being so nice!
I don't have a piping foot either, but I'm getting one soon. I have more trouble with piping, I can't stand to see any stitching from where I made the piping. You are so right, zipper foot helps but not enough. Also, the machine I use the most has a fixed needle, can't move that sucker over, so that doesn't help either.
I got a lovely compliment, though- the shop where I bought the pattern and the fabric asked me if I would leave my Weekender there for display. I, of course, said yes. And before I left, a woman was buying the pattern and fabric to make herself one, since she liked mine so much. That's flattering!
If you ever do the Weekender, try to find a zipper that opens from both ends. Mine does and I love that. Actually, I'd rather both zips were in the middle and opened out, but regardless- 2 pulls are better than one!
I think your Sophia bag looks great. You've only been sewing for a little while? You're doing very well, I think. I've sewn for years and years and I recently made a Weekender bag and it was the hardest thing I've ever made, but turned out great. What a huge project, but really rewarding. I want to make another one, now, in a spring/summer fabric. Mine is black and orange and brown, etc.
May I make one little suggestion for your inner zippered pockets? You might want to make your opening a little smaller so the fabric meets up closer to the zipper, just for looks. Functionally, either way is fine, but it'll look just a bit neater if you see less of the zipper tape. But regardless, your bags are wonderful!
Thank you so much. Yes, the recipients loved it and I still marvel at the one I made to keep. Sea turtles are so cool. If you like them, too, may I recommend a book for you? "The Beach House" by Mary Alice Monroe. It's a wonderful novel about a woman and her daughter and it's peppered with fabulous info about loggerhead sea turtles. A very entertaining read.