Yesterday was my sister’s birthday – nice for her and all, but also fun for me because I got the chance to make another one of these bags. She requested the same fabrics I used for mine, but I thought we’d look a little silly carrying around identical bags, so we discussed some other options. She picked out some stuff she liked and asked me to make the final decision. This is a fun bag to pick fabrics for, but I must say, it helps to have someone else narrow down your choices!
We ended up with a brown Lisette chambray for the outer pockets and lining, and Joel Dewberry Empire Weave in Dandelion (basted to canvas for added structure) for the main bag.
I made my own piping for the first time using this tutorial – it was super easy. Extra easy, in fact – I cut my strips on the grain instead of the bias, knowing the piping wouldn’t be going around any curves. Maybe there’s some reason I still should have cut on the bias, but I couldn’t think of one.
The piping and all the pocket linings, including the inner slip pocket, are a purplish/pinkish Kaffe Fasset shot cotton called Mushroom (first used as a lining here).
The pattern is the Go Anywhere bag from the lovely and talented Anna of Noodlehead. I really can’t recommend this pattern enough. I’ve been carrying mine around for a couple months now – it’s just the right amount of roomy, and everything stays organized and secure in all those pockets.
My only regret in making this bag is that I couldn’t find the hidden sew-in magnetic snaps for the lining like Anna used, and I didn’t leave myself enough time to order them. Next time!
And just because this photo was in the same upload…after my shower yesterday, Lila invited me to view her “rice cake aisle.” And yes, those all went back in the package.