After much searching on the internet for bag patterns, reading comments and reviews, and searching for pictures of people's different versions, I settled on the Sidekick Tote by Noodlehead. Every review I read about Anna's patterns talked about the wonderfully clear written and illustrated instructions and now having used one, I definitely agree.
I made the small version of the tote with the bias trimmed pocket combining Essex yarn dyed linen with a few of the fabrics from the Meadow Mist Designs bundle from Pile O'Fabric:
There were a number of firsts for me in the making of this bag including:
- recessed zipper
- magnetic snap
- bias trim
- purse strap hardware
The tote actually went together better than I had expected, the only real problem I had was that I repeatedly put the magnetic snaps on the incorrect sides of the pocket and pocket top. Having to redo the pocket many times at least gave me some practice adding the bias trim around the pocket so that by the 4th time I got pretty decent at it :) I was the most scared about the recessed zipper installation, but happily the zipper went in with absolutely no problems.
I made a just a few changes to the pattern, the biggest change being the interfacing. The pattern calls for Pellon 101 (I did not have any of) which gives the bag a loose slouchy feel. I really like a well structured bag so instead of the 101, I used Pellon 808 and Pellon fusible fleece on the outside of the tote and lined all of the other parts of the bag with Pellon 808. I really like the stiffness in the finished bag (no slouching here), but it did make for some really thick seams to sew over. The only other change I made was to add an additional pocket on the inside.
I am very happy with how my new bag came out and am proudly using it at work and around town. I hope to meet as many of you as I can at QuiltCon :)
I am linking up to Link a Finish Friday, Whoop Whoop Friday, Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday, Finish It Up Friday, Fabric Frenzy Friday, Sewjo @ My Go Go Life, and Show Off Saturday @ Sew She Can.