when i saw craftADDchick's Grow-a-bag
in the first round of the FOC raffle swap i knew i had to have it. it would be perfect for school, since almost every day i need a different sized bag. i didn't get it (not that i didn't love the prize i did get though, i did) so i decided to venture making one of my own using the tutorial she made.
halfway through i realized this may have been too lofty a venture for me. i started it way to close to when i wanted it to be done by (and i didn't actually finish it when i wanted to...oh well), i'd never sewn with interfacing before, i'd never sewn in zippers before (my mom usually did them for me in previous zippered things) and my mom's sewing machine hates me and never lets me get things done easily. i did finish it though! there are a few places where the sewing is a bit sloppy, and the seams don't match perfectly in a few places (despite my best efforts...i really don't know how it happened...). it looks a lil more "homemade" than i'd wanted it to. but overall i'm pleased with it. and happy i finished it! enough of my gabbing! on to pictures!
at it's smallest:
i wasn't sure where to put a pocket on a grow-a-bag, so instead of a pocket i made a zipper pouch to hold all the crap that usually goes in a pocket. then i made a loop to attach the pouch too. i also plan on hooking my keys on the loop.
the zipper pouch:
i was really impressed that i found a zipper pretty much the exact color of my fabric. if only i'd been able to find one big enough for the bag. oh well
with the pouch inside:
with all my crap inside:
some details: the main fabric is a sheet i got at the thrift store. the lining/accent fabric from the discount rack at wal*mart. the buttons i got in a big bag o'buttons from michael's. i haven't actually measured it since i finished it, but if it came out right it should be about 10" wide, 3" deep and at the smallest 7", medium 10" and biggest 13".
i hope you all like it! thanks for looking.
now that i have all my stuff in it, i'm kind of wishing i'd made it a lil bit deeper. but it should be alright. if it becomes too much of a problem i'm sure i can think of something.
also with the one strap instead of the 2 handles craftADDchick's has the top level kinda lifts up on the sides when it's buttoned up. i think the 2 handles probably works better, but i couldn't really put the handles on the front and back because of the zipper. it still works though. i might just add some extra buttons on the sides.