Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Modified Daphne Tote

Do I say that every bag I make is my favorite? I think I might but this one, well, let's just say it really is LOVE. This is the Daphne Tote from Rebeka Lambert over at Artsy-Crafty Babe. I modified it slightly by adding a large pocket on the front. To make the pocket I just made an additional pattern piece by tracing the bag body that was about 2/3 as tall as the body. Then I cut an exterior and lining piece and used the same darts as on the main bag body. I sewed the pocket pieces together, turned them right side out and top-stitched along the upper edge before adding it to the bag body when I sewed the exterior pieces together.

The exterior is from Moda's new Prairie Cloth line - it feels heavier than regular quilting cotton but not quite as heavy as canvas and it has a LOT more movement than canvas. I used fusible fleece on the back of the exterior pieces to give the bag some body and stabilize the Prairie Cloth. My machine didn't love sewing through all those darts covered in fleece but we got through it :-) I did NOT use any fleece on the straps and they seem fine - no way I would have been able to turn them with that thickness. I haven't used this type of cloth before so I'll be curious to see how it wears and I'll probably carry this bag for a while to test the durability before I use it to make another - I do love how it looks and feels though. I made the front pocket a slightly lighter shade of gray than the bag body and the interior is from Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 line - I adore this print in this color and probably need to stash some more of it while I can.

This ridiculously cute flower button pin? A great free tutorial from Artsy-Crafty Babe that I made more than a couple of years ago - funny how things like that work out sometimes, huh? And now of course I want to make a bunch more of them because they're so darn cute!

Zero progress on the garage today but oh well, there's always tomorrow right? TOOOOmorrow, tomorrow, I LOOOOOOve you tomorrow...teehee!

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