Part of my #makenine2017 was to make a bag similar to the Stowe Bag by Grainline Studio. If you’re not aware of this little tote, you have to check out all the different versions. It’s too adorable!
I do have a tendency to make my own pattern for any bags that I make. I studied the Stowe bag and I liked the size. I started there with my measurements. The bottom should measure about 5″ x 9.5″. That’s a nice sized handbag. I couldn’t decide how I would incorporate the handles and the fabric that I wanted. And this is where any resemblance to the Stowe bag disappeared.
What I ended up with is an alternating fabric using my suede-like fabric along with Daleks fabric. This is super similar to the makeup bag that I made the bestie for xmas. I loved that little bag so it’s not really surprising that I’m making this so similar. The construction is even about the same. Did that statement just take out all of the air of this blog post. Well I don’t care! I’m excited about my own ‘little can of hate’ bag!
I did add a little bit of Dalek on the inside of the bag. It’s cute and happy yellow gingham but I stitched in “exterminate” around on the bottom. It was almost 2 am and it sounded like a good idea. It did not strike me that I will only see this when I’m desperately digging through my bag hunting down something that I swear is in there. It might not amuse me as much as it did stitching it during my late night sewing session.
The measurements came out to what I was intending for the base. I put this bag together thinking of not closing the top completely. I only wanted a flap I could secure to keep things from falling out or other people digging in. Not connecting the flap on the sides of the bag kept it from keeping the boxy shape that I liked. I did some quick stitching and attached a few points on the flap to the bag’s body to help pull in the wandering sides.
After using the bag for a week or so, I realized the handles could be about an inch or so longer. I could have also dropped the flap down about an inch into the bag instead of putting it right at the top like I did. It’s a little flimsy even though I used interfacing on the gingham. A stronger interfacing would have fixed this.
Super short little post for an angry little bag. 🙂
3 items left on my list! Sewaholic Thurlows, Burda Flares and rainbow belt. A little over 5 months left and I have everything I need to make them. If I can’t complete this, I have a serious case of the “lazies”.