Thursday, September 6, 2012

a weekend getaway bag

this is it. the bag i'm going to be using for my next weekend getaway. of course, i don't have any immediate travel plans. gosh darn it! regardless, should something come up, i'll be ready.

i love this bag! i was totally intimidated because of the...gasp!...zipper. probably even more so than the tubular frame which i've never used before. so i procrastinated. i had the fabric and fleece cut out two weeks ago. and i sat contemplating it until this week. i needed to release some anxiety. sewing is my meditation. and it worked. all my troubles went right out the door! or my consideration of them anyway.

i broke two needles trying to sew through all the layers of fleece and canvas in the straps, including a super duty jeans/denim 100/16. holy smokes. i would have broken more had i not really taken my time and helped the machine along. i'm thinking the models are made on industrial type machines? no, seriously?

so, let me introduce you to the bag, the bohemian carpet bag by sew liberated. i made a carpet bag a few years ago, this one, for my older sister. and it came out really nice. but i'm thinking i like this one, a lot, because of the frame. which i got here, by the way, along with the swivel snap and feet i used.

here's a full view of the bag...


and a close up of the zippered outside pocket and the frame...


another view the frame, open...


and one of the bottom with the feet...


i really like the corner accents, that they meet at the sides and at the bottom. i like the straps sewn into the bottom seam for extra support. the feet, besides being super cute, will be nice when i sit the bag on the floor. i like how roomy it is inside, as is, with no pockets. this really is a bag to carry your clothes in for any overnight trip. the outside pocket is enough for your cell phone which most of us can't live without. and the key fob, which i didn't take a photograph of, well, it's sewn into the frame casing to hang inside. it's handy dandy so your keys don't get lost.

i would recommend this bag and this pattern, i really would. i would just warn you that the materials can be costly, depending on what you choose to use. i went with this printed cotton duck i bought quite a few years ago. it's woven and durable. i like the bulky handles from the fleece, but it is tough to sew through. just take your time. if you don't need something quite so sturdy, but like the bag, you could easily line your exterior, handles and lining with canvas and skip the fleece all together. those are my thoughts, anyway.

oh, and that zipper? super easy to insert. phew! maybe now i'll take on more projects with more zippers!

i can see more sewing in my near future, of course. i'll be back then!

2 comments:

Stephanie said...
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Jennifer said...

Well now, that's a fun bag! Love the choice of colours, and it looks to be very well made.