I finished my Fireside Bowl Bag over the weekend but thanks to a lengthy bout with a stomach virus I'm just now able to show it off. There's still time to link up your finished project for this month of the Big-City Bags Sew Along if you haven't already. The link will close at midnight tonight!
I was surprised at how quickly the construction of this bag went. The making of the bag itself took a long time but that was due to errors on my part: forgotten supplies, quilting the exterior, MORE forgotten supplies...
I absolutely love the way my bag turned out. I did make a couple of changes/omissions/errors. I managed to completely mess up the first step of the bag (THE FIRST STEP--doesn't exactly set a good tone for the bag). The way I constructed the zipper panel worked out just fine in the end but I still have no idea how that happened. That's what I get for sewing past midnight I guess. I decided to use batting on the exterior and quilted it heavily with a crosshatch pattern and I used fusible fleece to line the interior for added stability. I also screwed up my interior pockets and as a result have several very shallow pockets that aren't good for much. One thing I think I will do differently next time I make this bag is to cut the accent pieces about a 1/4" wider than the pattern calls for. When sewing the bag I had to set them away from the edge of my exterior pieces just a bit to make sure they would actually show up and not get lost in the seam allowance.
And if for some reason it turns out you bought the wrong size D-rings and can't use them, the lobster clasp will actually go over the D-ring straps and work just fine :)
All in all this was a quick, easy project (I wouldn't expect any less from Sara). I can't wait to get started on February's project but more on that on Monday!
Linking up with TGIFF!