If you read the post below, you'd know that I was drooling over some gorgeous handmade bags on Et.sy. And since I've got so much time up my sleeve (HA!) I thought, rather than blow $100 on a bag, online, I'd attempt to make one! (*insert fear and trembling!*)
So I whisked the kids off to the local Mega Super Fabric Store (note: not actual name!), and surprise surprise they were having a 30% off all stock sale! Yay! I looked through about 13 pattern books, before finding, anything remotely like, what I wanted! Miss M, being my chief fabric chooser, was quickly demoted, after picking some pretty hideous stuff! H-Man was nowhere to be seen, as he'd found a cardboard fabric roll and was running around somewhere pretending to be a ninja, weaving in and out of the fabric stands. Joy.
I found the "main" fabric for the bag, Miss M found the stripes, and I finished the lining off with a pink/white gingham (which I forgot to take a photo of!) I found some ribbon to trim the front pocket, and picked a hot pink zip. OK. All set. Ended up purchasing 2 patterns, just in case I get all excited and decide to make another bag one day!!! (again)HA! We walked out 30 mins later, $34 lighter.
So here 'tis. 4 hours of hard labour. Several boo-boos, and ingenious "OziMum Fix-its"...
I'm proud. It certainly won't be knocking up a hundred to sell on e.b@.y but I'm happy to use it!
It's way smaller than I thought it would be... and no, it's not because of my mistakes!!! They happened around the joining of the zip/handle area... I'm pretty sure I covered it up! BUT... the smaller size has really grown on me! I've put 2 nappies, a bodysuit, and bib inside and there is still HEAPS of room in there! And stuck a bottle in the front pocket... just so it looks like a baby's bag!
This is the back...
I made the handle longer than the pattern, coz I like to wear single handled bags, "across" me. Plus I wanted to make sure it'd fit onto my (boxed up) pram handle!
PS The patterns were the expensive bit, I think they were $14 each! And I still have enough fabric left to make another bag... so it was worth it... ALTHOUGH, I was consumed with making the bag, I missed the CSI (Vegas) Season Opener (Warrick died? And Sara came back? I only know that coz I saw the ad!) Was so ticked when I saw it was 1020pm... but really, the bag was worth it?! I'm sure Mini will thank me, one day?!
Another smidge of trivia for you... do you know how many times, I've nearly let slip our "girls" name?!!! I'm sure I'll type it one day, and forget to edit it to Mini!!! Also, have new "poll" in sidebar, if you care to vote!