Saturday, July 16, 2011

Harry Potter Bags

It was the end of an era, so naturally we needed new bags. My BFF and I have seen every movie together in the theater, since the first one was released 10 years ago. How can it possibly have been TEN years? And on the other hand it seems like truly a lifetime ago. There have been weddings, divorces, new homes, babies, illness and health, joy and despair. Change on every level of our lives. Just as you would expect in 10 years. And through it all has been Harry, the books first and then the movies as an added bonus. I never, ever like the movie as well as the book and I've been known to skip the movie altogether if I truly loved the book but these movies were a delightful exception. True to the books so unerringly that I, we, couldn't help but love them. I remember tearing up at seeing Hogwarts for the first time on the screen, so perfect. I teared up today watching it for the last time. But if I've learned anything from Jo Rowling, it's that the people we love are always with us in our hearts. Plus those books will always be just an arm's length away and there's real comfort for me in that. It was a bittersweet showing and I loved every minute of it.

So, the bags. I woke up thinking "we need Harry Potter bags". Just something fun to mark the occasion. I used Kaffe Fassett fabrics from my stash, the print is called "Targets" and the lining is a gorgeous shot cotton. The pattern is Ali Foster's Pleated Shoulder bag. It was a little smaller than I expected but a nice shape. These bags went together super quick - as evidenced by my sewing two of them in one day while my toddler was at home! I lined them with canvas instead of fusible interfacing and I really like how they turned out. The only thing I would do differently next time is add something to the strap - some interfacing or a layer of canvas - I didn't on these and the strap just felt a little flimsy to me. I could fix it or I could just remember to change that next time :-)

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

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