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« on: June 16, 2016 07:29:42 PM »

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 Wink

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 Cheesy

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   Grin

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.

Check out my FB page for more things by me Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2016 08:33:02 PM »

Such an amazing bag! I love the beer fabric and the color of the vinyl. It's awesome how many variations of carrying beer you have come up with. And the top-stitching does look gorgeous! Also, adorable bacon accent Wink

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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2016 09:59:51 AM »

I love this bag! Love your fabric choices, too!

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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2016 11:18:39 AM »

I love the Harriet and want to make one for my Mom for her knitting stuff. Those cookie pockets would be perfect for a skein or two of yarn. So 125% it is! Awesome looking bag!
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2016 02:14:44 AM »

Love the fabrics - wonder though, was kitty looking for beer, or bacon?  Or both?

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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2016 03:04:25 AM »

Beer?  Bacon?  YES PLEASE!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

This is an absolutely STUNNING bag, looks like perfection in every way and your attention to detail is outstanding!  *picks jaw off floor*

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