I came across the tutorial here: http://tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html
and I had to try it. I cut the pattern out of newspaper. My finished bag is below.
I LOVE this fabric I found in clearance at Joann (Addie used the green version in a bag here - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182633.0
) Oh, and I added a thin layer of fleece - it is so soft now!
Things I want to do differently next time:
- Thinner straps - I couldn't tell if the pattern said 3.5 or 3-5. I did 4 inches, thinking it would be folded in half (not looking ahead >.>) and these straps are huge. 2.5 or 3 inches next time, I think.
- Better closure - I just sewed some magnets between the lining and the fabric, and it isn't working out. The bag is just too floppy; it needs a sturdier closure.
- Pocket closure - some velcro on those pockets would be nice - they are pretty big to have no closure.
Also, I don't really dig the seam down the center, but that is unavoidable with that pattern. I actually don't notice it; you just need to be careful with the fabric you choose, I suppose.
I never noticed until I turned it around for this picture, but this bag looks pretty good inside out, doesn't it? I guess it is reversible! Well, maybe with some pocket alterations.
Phew, I am done posting pictures of all the projects I have put off until now.