Last night I began stitching up a bag using one of my favorite patterns. It's been a while since I made one of these bags. Every year my mom puts in "an order" for a new one so I have been looking around for just the right fabric. I haven't located hers yet but I did purchase a couple bundles of coordinating fat quarters in pretty browns, golds and metallic some time ago and I have been dying to make a bag from these fabrics. See above.
I apologize for the quality of these photos. There are plenty of shadows because it got darker earlier than I had planned and I needed to use an overhead light. Our first day of early darkness was today and I never welcome the shorter days. It sort of signals winter and hibernation and eat lots of comfort food!.....
The fabric is a richer golden brown than what you see here. I love this fabric. I went online to see if I could find some more but did not have any luck. The pattern used here is Janice Pope's 2 Hour Tulip Bag. It whips up in a couple of hours just like the pattern claims. I like to give it my own touches and in this case I made a fabric button from a coordinating fabric and made a button loop from the main fabric. You can also use elastic loops, or tabs, magnetic snaps etc....
The inside has another pocket. I used the same pocket pattern that is on the outside. There is also an option for a small rectangular pocket. After making several of these bags for myself, I prefer the larger, deeper pocket.
It's very roomy inside when opened. (8" sides) Boy, the color is way off in this photo.
The straps are 22" long. So it can be used as a handbag but also can be carried over the shoulder. Generally for shoulder bags I add another couple of inches to the strap especially for when I am wearing bulkier clothing.
Using the pattern for a small zipper pouch, (finished dimensions are 6" x 4 1/2") I stitched up this matching pouch which fits inside the bag or even in the inside pocket.
The lining of the zipper bag is the same fabric that I used for the button on the purse.
Janice Pope's pattern is very easy to follow, works up quickly and can be easily customized. I have made these bags up in cotton, corduroy, denim from recycled jeans. You can find links on my sidebar to other tulip bags that I have made. (under most popular posts)
This pattern comes with four different sizes: Petite, Standard, Large and Jumbo. This bag was made using the large size. I have made several in the standard size as well but have not yet used small or jumbo.
Well, I've got some more sewing to do and a very busy week ahead, so I'll leave you for now. Have a wonderful week.
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