Friday, April 19, 2013

art student tote

a new home. a new creative space. a new bag.

it's been a busy few months. but this week i've been back at the sewing table and it feels good.

i had started this bag before i knew where i was headed. as it turns out, it matches my surroundings beautifully, inside and out. i'm surrounded by light and color. i've a feeling it will reflect in my choices now, in where i go, in what i create.

i'm still hesitant when a project calls for zippers and magnetic snaps. but i'm pleased with the results and i love the bag.

i've had the fabric for some time. it's Michael Miller..."garden pindots" for the trim, "boho blossom" for the exterior pockets/divider/lining and "far out floral" for the exterior.

as with all my bags, before constructing i basted a muslin to the straps, pockets, exterior, lining and divider panels. because the strap is narrow, i used a lightweight muslin for it so it wouldn't be hard to fold and topstitch. the strap is sturdier without being too bulky. for everything else i went with a premium muslin. it's not as expensive as a canvas yet provides that stability i like.

a few things that make this bag a little different from some others i've made...

the straps are one continuous loop. you sew the main panels at the bottom then attach the strap, stitching up one side, in a rectangle, from top to bottom, and then the other.

there's a divider with pockets that is secured to the lining panel at the bottom as well as at the sides.

the pair of snaps, back to back, secure the divider in place and close the bag, a super cool feature.

it's perfect as is for me because i divided my interior pockets to hold the size sketchbook i like to tangle and my micron pens. it has the zippered pockets for smartphone, wallet, etc. and it's a nice, comfortable size. but it could easily be modified, too. it's why I love to sew bags. i feel i'm learning many techniques and studying design in a pleasant, happy environment. and i've always a bag in my closet to coordinate with any outfit, to suit any mood and meet any season.