The first night after work, I cut several strips from pink and green floral prints. These are the same colors/fabrics that were in her lap quilt I made last year. I loved making that little quilt and how it turned out.
|Night two: Instead of starting with a odd shaped piece, I decided to just sew the strips on the bag. Each bag I have done, I have changed a little bit. Each one is unique.|
|The strips were sewn on an angle to make the bag a little more interesting.|
|Since I had difficult pressing the lining on the inside of the previous bags, I decided to press it on first and do the quilting on both sides of the bag.|
|The lining is larger than the bag.|
|Night three: Quilting the layers together. Since I was trying to get this done, I did random size swirls all over.|
|Occassionaly, the fabric would hit me and I would end up with a flat sided swirl.|
|The lining side. If I was not so rushed, I would have done better swirls, looks like I need a lot of practice.|
|Christmas Morning: Finishing the bag. I folded over lining side edges to the bag side and stitched in place.|
|Making the foam handles. Pretty dark green for the outside of the handles and the pink lining for the inside of the handles.|
|Stitched up the sides using a 1/4 inch seam.|
|Folded over the top lining to the outside of the bag|
|Tucked the straps into the top edge lining.|
|To make the straps even more sturdy, I did an 'X" over each one.|
|The inside of the bag bottom, I folded the corner up and tacked it to the sides.|
|The finished bag. A very sturdy bag and the lining will stay in place.|
|Inside of the bag.|
|The outside of the bag. I like the division of the two sides, it doesn't look like I tried to match the fabrics on the two sides. My signature can be seen in the picture.|
|I really love the way this bag came out. My Sister-In-Law loved it too. I can almost see someone using this bag for a knitting project. Getting ideas.|
When I look at my finished projects, I can't help feeling like I did a good job, despite my many errors and imperfect quilting. I am still learning and improving as I go. I already have thoughts of improving this bag again, even making a smaller purse size bag.
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