Friday, September 20, 2013

Finish It Up Friday :: SouthPark Bag

Happy Friday everyone! I had the fun job of testing Jennifer's new SouthPark Bag Pattern and I have have not one, but two finished bags to share today. The first one I used some AMH from her new Hand Drawn Garden line for the exterior and some Painter's Canvas in Lime for the interior.
I have to say I love this fabric combination! I normally carry a larger bag to I have room for snacks, water bottles and the occasional stuffed animal ;-) but this bag is a great size for the rare kid-free outing. I love the stability of the single strap and it hangs a good length on your shoulder without constantly slipping off.
I did use a different AMH Garden Party scrap for the pocket - Jennifer came up with a very smart way of adding the contrasting band on the pocket, one that I haven't seen before in all my bag making!
I enjoyed this pattern so much I made a second sample! I was on fire, right? I had this vision of using the panel fabric from the Nordika line and it turned out just as cute as I'd hoped. The other great thing about doing this pattern with a panel was that it only took one yard. As in one yard for the whole thing, interior AND exterior pieces!
I had enough fabric to do everything from the one yard of Nordika but I wanted a little contrast so I did add some Kona on the pocket and handle, black and wine.
I fussy cut the exterior pieces to get that fun bottom lined up the way I wanted. I used Pellon 987F fusible fleece on the exterior pieces of both bags and Pellon Shape-flex on the interior pieces - this combo gave me plenty of support without being too tough to sew through.
Again, love the single strap design and the possibilities for personalization. I can recommend this pattern as being well-written and easy to sew. It takes very little fabric so it's a great pattern for those precious fabrics that you've been saving for just the right project. I think it'll make a great holiday gift or fun bag for yourself. You can find this pattern on Jennifer's website over at Ellison Lane. All my fabrics came from Stash Modern Fabrics (except the AMH pocket piece), Beth carries a great selection and has super fast shipping (even faster if you're a local Atlanta person).

Random tidbit: Schnitzel and Boo is hosting a Mini Quilt swap - sign-ups on her blog through 9/23. Looking for a fun little project before the holidays? This could be it! I love mini's so of course I signed up!

I'm off to spend my weekend sewing some samples for market, I'll share a full report as soon as I get everything done :-)

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Have a great first weekend of Fall! Well, half weekend of Fall but I'll take it!


  1. Darcy yours look amazing! I might have to post mine now, it is no where as pretty as yours - you made some awesome fabric choices. You have totally inspired me to make some more. Great review as well :)

  2. Wow. Gorgeous fabric choices! Really makes the best of Jennifer's design. Love them both!

  3. I love Nordika, your bag is awesome!

  4. I love your bag! What a great design!

    1. Thank you for mentioning my swap and for signing up! I'm so excited that you joined!

  5. Great idea for the Nordika panel! The bag looks so great!


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