So last month, I was in my local market and saw the most amazing
fabrics. Now, I'm a bit of a hoarder of fabric (and beads, and shiny things, and Lush products...), so I bought half a metre of two of my favourite materials, intending to make shopping bags. The first was olive green with mustard yellow turtles all over, but the other, and my favourite, was orange with dark blue octopuses!
I used the Pink October tote pattern here: http://mamaspocketbook.com/freebies.htm
, and just as I'd measured and cut the pattern, realised I couldn't find the blue lining material I was sure I had. Lesson #1
: Make sure you have all the stuff you need before
I went back into the market the week after and bought some blue material to line the bag, then let it sit in my room and mellow for another week. Yesterday, having tidied my room, I thought "I know! I'll do some sewing! And cover my room in bits of material and cotton!" Perfect!
The tutorial, I found, was excellent. The step on boxing the corners threw me a bit at first, but once I worked out how to fold my bag so it looked like the picture, it was much easier than I'd thought. The straps aren't perfect where they're joined on, but I'm really pleased with it!
So here it is, my finished Octobag!
Being modelled by my bedroom door:
And inside (excuse my hand. And laptop. And desk...). There's a large, interfaced pocket inside to hold my purse and a smaller one on the opposite side for my mobile phone.
(An explanation for the papyrus under my desk and the line drawings on my door: My room is Egyptian style, with built in units with wood reliefs of different gods and drawings everywhere!...And an authentic laptop, of course.)