I love pattern books. While I am well aware that it is much cheaper to find patterns online and just purchase what you want as a PDF or download from a blog or follow a free tutorial, I still love books. The beautiful photos, glossy pages. They really are beautiful. A few years ago when I took sewing back up I purchased Amy Butler’s Style Stitches – 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags. I love this book. It is filled with a wide variety of beautiful bags in gorgeous Amy Butler fabric. The best part, when I bought the book I felt as though I could make at least the first few (now I am pretty confident I could make all of them… and one day I just may!).
I fell in love with the second bag: The Reversable Everyday Shopper. It was big, bright, and looked like my kind of bag – one that could hold a lot of stuff! It also had a huge pocket on the inside and outside… and I do love pockets! But, like most of my pattern books, it sat on my shelf just waiting to be used, waiting for the time when I felt ready to try it, had the right material… all the usual excuses. Well, that time was now!
I picked up some fun and bright outdoor fabric (I like using outdoor fabric for big bags as it is sturdy and I love how water beads right off so it is great for the beach…. it also goes on sale quite a bit and because it is so wide you never need as much!). This bag used 1 3/4m of fabric – 3/4m of the main, and 1m of the coordinating fabric – and 3.5m of heavy weight iron-on interfacing (I am very happy I got it on super sale for $2/m!). So for materials the bag only cost about $25 +thread (white, all-purpose).
It was definitely an easy bag that I finished up in 3 short sessions and one longer one. The most time-consuming part was cutting everything out and attaching the interfacing. Once that was done, the bag practically sewed itself together. I am very happy with how it turned out and all I can say is that it is HUGE! HUGE! It will be prefect for everything I use it for!