Friday, March 5, 2010
Best Bag Around
Camille's Bag is a wonderful pattern that I really have enjoyed sewing as a gift. As you can see I have made it in a variety of colors and styles. You can even make the outside pieced to add some variety (notice the green and turq. bag). Level of difficulty is moderate. I taught this pattern to a group of ladies at my church that have a wide variety of skills. Everyone was able to finish this project with a little guidance.
My variations: In the pattern, the top contrasting strip is only 3/4" finished. It looks silly. Not enough of the contrast fabric showing to make an impact. I prefer to cut the top strip 2 1/2" and adjust the bottom section accordingly. I think you'll be pleased with the outcome.
Pockets: When I have a bag, I don't like 1 little piddly 5" square pocket. NO SIR! I want lots of pockets to I have places to lose... I mean PUT my stuff!!
No really, I think more pockets are better, especially if you are making this as a diaper bag. So after a little trial and error, I cut 4, 8 1/2" x 11 1/2" rectangles. I back 2 of them with the pellon fusible fleece or interfacing to make them more substantial. Following directions in the pattern, you sew right sides together and leave space to turn. You position this pocket 4" down from the top edge of the lining piece OR 12" from the top edge of the lining to the bottom of the pocket. Now you can create a variety of pockets to fit your needs. Short pocket for cell phone, skinny ones for that favorite pen, perfect pocket for your sunglasses etc.