In between making things for my Etsy, I like to make things for me. At the end of June, I'll be going to the Fancy Food Show in NYC, this means I need a bag that can hold samples, as well as my regular purse items. I wanted it to be food related and spent about an hour in Joann staring at various options. Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE beer and bacon. That is the story of how this beautiful bag was born.
The outside has Beer glasses with various brews, it's accented with a burgundy vinyl, and has Bacon peek-a-boo panels to expand it into a tote. Inside features a 9" zipper pocket lined in bacon fabric. There are also two insulated beer bottle coozies built right in! The outside has a slip pocket on the front, which is perfect for a small tablet or phone. This easily holds a 6 pack of beer (bottles or cans) and two special bottles. A full growler or two half growlers, and two special bottles. Two special bottles and a picnic lunch. A 10lb curious kitty, etc. It has many options for toting around your favorite brews and things.
Vinyl on the purse from MiKri World Craft Supplies, it's a new one called "Wine Not" and is backed with a black flocked/fleece fabric. It was SUPER easy to work with and the color is just gorgeous. There was enough on this roll (12" x 54") to make this bag. The bag is Swoon; Harriet, at 125% size.
4 Pack of Beer and a 64oz growler. I'm bottle aging that 120 minute IPA, it came out briefly for a photo op and went right back into the cellar
The purse design has expansion panels to make it bigger, that zip up. I put the bacon fabric in here for a fun little pop
I also added bacon fabric to the inner pocket lining hehe
64oz growler and two special bottles with room for more!
Complete with heavy duty purse feet... and a curious kitty (River Tam)
Looks like it holds a 10lb cat pretty easily too
This is my favorite part, the top stitching. I stitched the vinyl in the coordinating burgundy thread, stopped at the top of the piece, pulled the threads to the back and tied them off. I then started just above it in the cream colored thread to top stitch the beer fabric. The threads were also pulled to the back and tied off to secure them. I didn't want cream thread on the vinyl, and I didn't want burgundy on the fabric, so I had to improvise. It was tedious, but so worth it for the final look.
There was not enough vinyl to make double sided vinyl handles, which is better actually. I lined them in the bacon fabric, lining up the "EAT" and the Piggy to read all across the handle. This makes the handle more flexible and softer on the skin. I don't like it when vinyl sticks to my skin in the summer or in general.