After three weeks of furious sewing the bags for Gwen's teachers are done and ready to give tomorrow, the last day of school! I really love the way they turned out and how they look so different even though they're made from the same pattern.
Each teacher told me her favorite colors so I knew what fabrics to use. The first bag is posted here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=170785.msg1748544#msg1748544
. And here are the next two.
Teacher #2 likes green and blue. Those are my favorites too. Isn't this paisley print just fabulous? The lining is made from the blue linen shorts with pockets fashioned from existing shorts pockets.
The last teacher said "black" and I knew what to do for her immediately. But when I got home there were no solid black garments to be found in my thrift store stash. The very next day there was a nice black linen skirt waiting for me in the thrift store and it was on super sale for 10 cents. The lining of this bag is done in leopard print with pockets from the skirt scraps. This style really suits this lady and hopefully she will like it as much as I think she will.
Here is a group shot of all three. Which one is more your stlye?
*** ETA: here is how to make a bag like this:
For bag assembly, use this tutorial: http://www.supereggplant.com/archives/000216.html
. It's almost exactly like the Jordy bag but the bottom corners are done slightly differently.
The pattern is a trapezoid shape 15" high with a 14" top and a 16" bottom. This includes a 1/2" seam allowance. (The bag doesn't really turn out in a trapezoid shape so if you want that look, make the top shorter or the bottom longer or both.) If you are doing patchwork like on the black bag, sew your fabrics together first. Then cut 2 trapezoids for the outside of the bag and two for the lining. I fuse heavyweight interfacing to the front and back of the bag to make it stiffer.
For straps that end up about 3/4" wide , cut four strips of fabric 1.5" x 26". If you need stiff straps, fuse interfacing to one strip of each set. If you fuse both, you will have a hard time turning them. Lay two strips right sides together and sew down each 26" side using a 1/4" or less seam allowance. Turn right side out.
On step three in the tutorial where she makes the corners, I measured in 2" from the point and sewed a three inch seam for a three inch bag bottom. Cut a piece of plastic canvas to fit the bag bottom and insert it right before you sew the lining closed.
Et voila! You have done it. Now go post it so we can see.