Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Unexpected Things

This is a favorite Old Navy Bag.  It was my inspiration for a new bag pattern.  Love the fold over, grab and go roominess of it!

New Years Day I dove into some twill type fabric and made this version. 

I like the concept very much but I definitely had some issues to work out.  I used Pellon Thermolam and decided perhaps omitting the "batting" would help.

Not wanting to do gussets I attached the bag handle to the back.  The bag was too wide and the handles not far enough at the edge.  It buckled and the box pleats at the bottom added nothing good to the overall design.  Daughter and Mr. Creations added their two cents when asked.

Later in the day I tried gussets to see if putting the handles on the sides would improve the design.  I decided not to bother wasting more fabric on lining.  I did two different versions.  My gussets turned out pretty well but the bag still wasn't satisfactory.

January 2 brought a new day with bag number 4.  No gussets, no box pleats, properly placed handles, success!  I used a heavy weight corduroy and the lining is a heavy flannel type of fabric.  No batting.  So I dug into my IKEA fabric stash and washed it last night.  Today was going to be what I hoped to be the final design.

I've been savoring this IKEA fabric for just the right project.  Daughter Creations approved.   Before getting started this morning with the new bag I was reading a blog that led me to another blog with a zippy pouch.  I'm always looking for the perfect zippy pouch tutorial.  I checked the tutorial page and I found THIS.  Did you notice the bag AND the fabric?  So...I'll just be making myself a snappy new bag. 

**This was to be a blog post before I had to make an unexpected trip to California to take care of a family emergency.  So I will be "out of the office" until further notice.  For now all is well and I'm getting to spend time with my folks.  Mr. and Daughter Creations inform me that Abby misses me.  The feeling is mutual.
~Piecefully, Stephanie


Cindy said...

Like the idea of the fold-over. I hopped over to "Noodlehead" and read through her tutorial.

Sherri said...

Cute bag...hope all is well with you and your family.

Char said...

Love the bag. I hope everything is ok.

Simone de Klerk said...

Great bag! And I didn't know IKEA has such beautiful fabric these days. I might have to go have a look. We have one nearby (10 min drive).
Hope everything is calm in California!

em's scrapbag said...

Wishing you all the best with your family.
Love the bag. Thanks for sharing the link.

Lynn said...

Is that the same fabric as yours? What a coincidence! You really went through a process to get what you wanted. Thanks for sharing that with us. It's interesting to see the road one takes on a new pattern.
Hope everything is alright with your family.

stitchinpenny said...

Hoping that the family emergency is less emergency and more visit. I will say a prayer for a positive resolution.

Lee D said...

always tricky dealing with family emergency when you are miles away. All the best to them and you. Bags look great.

Houseelf said...

Such a great practical design. I had to giggle at someone else thinking the Ikea fabric was perfect for a foldover bag. Sometimes it is a small world and you can't help getting a similar idea to someone.

QuiltSwissy said...

I have long wanted the perfect messenger bag. I love the look of your old navy bag. Maybe I will play with that one this weekend as well.


Michele said...

Your bags are wonderful! Great idea! Twill tape is fun :-) I hope your emergency gets taken care of quickly and all is well.

pratima said...

fold over bag looks very fun and casual.l am glad your hardwork paid off in the end :)
Hope all is well with you. Take care, Stephanie.

Nedra said...

Hope all goes as well as possible while you are caring for your family in California :)

Shari said...

Thanks for sharing the design process. I look forward to the finish when you get back.

Hope all is improving with the family. Thinking of you.

Mom2Caleigh said...

Hope all is well with your family - will keep you in my prayers.

Solstitches said...

Love the idea for the new bag pattern.
Hope all is well with you and yours.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

Wishing you the best outcome with your family emergency!

Jilly said...

Hope everything is ok with you now. I LOVE this bag, going to have to try it out for myself.

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

I just hate it when that happens! I can't tell you how many times I've had an idea just to find out it's already been done. Nothing new under the sun...

September Violets said...

It was so nice of you to share your design modifications. The IKEA fabrics are just right for this type of bag and I love the formal stripe with the flowery garden print.

I hope your emergency has been resolved and things fall into place again. Take care, Wendy

Jackie said...

I actually love all version of your bag. I am sending good thoughts and wishes.

Candace said...

I love seeing your design process! How nice that you have some "local" input as well ;>) Take care in California - I'm sure your folks are very happy you're there.

Heidi said...

sorry for the emergency, I'm glad, all is well now.
And sorry for the problems with the bag, good for you, you found the other bag accidentally.

VeeV said...

EVERYtime i open your blog page.....i am reminded that i want to make one of those bags......

smooches to Abby

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