Monday, April 30, 2012

A Chevron Tote

I did it! I made another bag! This one is for my wonderful friend Lisa—it was part birthday gift and part thank-you gift for a recent babysitting favor.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I've never been much for sewing three-dimensional items. If it doesn't lie as flat as a quilt, it scares me. But sewing more non-quilty items was one of my goals for 2012. Also, I've been dying to make a bag out of this yellow chevron fabric ever since I saw these Vera totes that Katie made. So I'm really excited that I finished this bag, and that it turned out so cute!

I used Betz White's Isabella Tote pattern (available here or here—I love that the pattern includes an option to make this bag out of a repurposed pillowcase). I wanted my bag to be more structured, so I added the optional interfacing, even though I was already using a heavier upholstery-weight fabric. I also did the optional Timtex-interfaced panel in the bottom of the bag. I would have liked to add a pocket on the inside and maybe a magnetic snap closure, but I ran out of time! (Because, as usual, making this bag was a total last-minute decision.)

The only thing I didn't like about the Isabella pattern is that, because of the way it's constructed, it isn't possible to line the bag in a different print. I would have liked a touch of contrast on the inside. But it's that same construction method that makes it such an easy bag to put together (and makes it possible to use a pillowcase), so I guess I can't complain about it too much.

Anyway, my friend loves it. In fact, she posted it on Facebook and I had several requests from her FB friends to make bags for them as well! What a nice compliment. But I think Lisa's tote will have to remain one-of-a-kind for a while (well, three-of-a-kind, counting Katie's inspirational bags), because I think I need to go back to nice flat quilts now. : )

P.S. The upholstery-weight yellow chevron fabric I used is on sale herefor $7.21 per yard for 54" wide cuts! What a deal! They have other colors as well.

40 comments:

Kim said...

Lee, Fabulous bag!!!! I do usually do the 3-D sewing either ;o)

Patchwork and Play said...

You've done a fabulous job on Lisa's tote! You seem to work well under pressure!

Amy DeCesare said...

Beautiful!!! I think you've just sold a lot of chevron material. I'm going to go and look for a good deal myself! I wondered how it would look in a bag, and now I'm convinced I love it!

Esch House Quilts said...

What a fun bag! I've been wondering what to do with some of my chevron prints.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

It's beautiful! I love the fabric and such a pretty design for the bag! Not at all surprised you've had requests for more :)

sandyb said...

Oh my, I just love this bag. I haven't done anything with Chevron but I think I am going to buy me some and make this bag for my daughter for mother's day. She is a "bag collector" and I really think she would love this!!!

Thank you for sharing!

Katie B. said...

Woo hoo! This is so cute, Lee. I still love that chevron fabric.

Melanie said...

Your bag is so beautiful! No wonder you've more requests! Great job!

Ashlea Tenner said...

Very cute bag! I love the yellow chevron! Perfect for summer!

randi--i have to say said...

Very cute and summer-y!

diane said...

cute bag...why can't you use different fabric inside? It still looks great and so perfect and roomy for summer.

Anne said...

That is adorable!

traceyjay said...

looks great Lee!
I'm trying to tackle a bag today, and I'm with you... 2 dimensional please! :)

Live a Colorful Life said...

I totally agree with you about the preference of flat versus 3-D. But your bag turned out great and I'm glad you gave the link for the awesome chevron fabric!

Flying Blind... said...

Oh you did good!

Jessica said...

super cute! Love that chevron print, I'll have to check out that pattern!

Gabrielle Scott said...

AWESOME! Thanks for sharing. Don't you love zig-zags? Looks just like my blog background! http://snibblesandbits.blogspot.com/

Taryn said...

Great bag! I love the yellow chevron print, it is perfect for summer!

Barbara said...

This purse is so cute. I just love it and I will have to make one, too.

If Toys Could Talk said...

Gorgeous! I love the pretty yellow chevron fabric you chose.

CHRIS said...

Fantastic bag, love the zigzags. Happy stitching. Chris

Lisa C said...

Your bag looks fabulous! It's much more fun to want to make something than to have specific requests from people (at least in my opinion). I guess that sounds selfish but I don't mean it to!

Cherie said...

I love the bag the colour is just right. Gotta love chevrons =D

Rowen said...

gorgeous bag!

Katy Cameron said...

Oooh, lovely! Fab fabric too

Rachel said...

Very cute! Lovely for Spring.

Lettyb said...

Cute and summery!

Judith Blinkenberg said...

Great Fabric and Tote. I'd have to use Amy Butler if you can't use a seperate lining. I know it would be great just like yours!

Tamie said...

Im a really good babysitter if you are looking! I love your bag- what a lucky friend.

Dawn said...

Darling bag! I luv chevrons!

Elizabeth Dackson said...

It turned out just great! Definitely an awesome gift for your friend, I'm totally not surprised that you're getting requests for more bags :)

Betz White said...

Gorgeous! Thanks so much for using my Isabella pattern, I'm glad you had success with it!

Kelli said...

Love it so much! Great bag, great fabric choice!

Kristie said...

This turned out fantastic, Lee! Great job!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I love it!! When my Riley Blake Chevrons arrived all I could think about was making a bag..or two! Yours is just perfect!!

OPQuilt said...

You must have triggered a run on the fabric, because they are all sold out. I love your bag. When I was up at my parents this weekend, their local quilt shop had a big display of the Riley Blake Chevrons and the Moda batch as well. Tempting, but I only had a carryon. They stayed there.

That sunny yellow is so expressive and cheery--thanks for showing us!

Terri said...

eeep, I love it. Chevron are so Hot right now, That is a great gift!

Shontelle said...

Wow! Gorgeous bag. Thanks for the tip with the fabric - I may have to make one of these for my friend.

Jenny from My Handmade Home said...

Love it!!

Jess_LyMi said...

Love the bag. Love everything Chevron print. Very inspiring to make!

Jess
http://thedelightfulcrafter.blogspot.com/

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