So, I wanted to make a classy bag for a classy dame who just happened to be my swap partner in the Roller Derby Style swap.
I wanted to try something a leeeetle different this time, so I drafted myself up a bowling bag design.
Honestly, I feel I went all out on this, and whilst it was hard to let it go, I'm overjoyed that I can point to it and say "Lookit what I made!!"
It's made of heavy white/cream curtain fabric. I think it's curtain fabric - it's got a thin thin plastic-ish backing. I use it a lot for bags, because the fabric doesn't really get wrinkly, it's very hard wearing, won't fray and I can do a lot to it. The inside is lined with black cotton, but there's no photo of that... it wouldn't even begin to photograph well.
Here's the image on the front - it's just a bit of clipart blown up to ridiculous size, and then transferred to the fabric using turpentine. Using turps makes it a very... quick process, but one I felt I didn't have a lot of control over. I honestly just hoped for the best and rubbed. The turpentine stink took a few days to go away - but it did.
Here's the view from the top. There's a zip, there's topstitching, and there's firm handles. The handles are each made from two lengths of craft tubing encased in a fabric tube, and then the ends are sewn down onto the bag. Oh, the sewing on of the handles hurt so much.
The tubing was randomly and heavily machine stitched to the white fabric. Then I cut out little squares of black fabric, and fused them to some VERY heavy (like, it's really stiff. Card sort of stiff) interfacing. Fold the raw edges under, and then with one square on the inside, another square on the outside I stitched them over the ends of the handles. By hand - and that's what hurt because at the top of each diamond I had to push the needle through the plastic tubing
I love a macro shot! Though this one just serves to remind me that I need to mess around with my machine's tension settings and practice my topstitching a bit more. For the moment, I'll just apologise for the stitching along the zip by saying that.... I don't actually own a zipper foot. Not at all. It got lost somewhere a long time ago, and I need to try and source another.
Enjoy!! I'd love it if you let me know if you've wisted it or something.