So I wanted a bag to carry my notions to and from the sewing group I organize. After searching high and low for just the right tutorial/pattern, I came upon this tutorial
(which can also be found linked here
on my site along with a slew of other things....
The bag called for 3 pocket pieces, two interior and one exterior. I chose to add a second exterior pocket length and am glad I did. I was tempted to add pockets on the outside side sections as well but have to admit that I am glad I did not. It would have been ridiculously bulky and more frustrating than it is worth. The second exterior pocket length is fabulous though. I would not have it any other way!
I used Stiffy from Long Creek Mills instead of Peltex
. I like using Stiffy and really do need to order some more... I'll get around to that one of these days..... Stiffy is great for art quilts too - which is what I have mainly used it for in the past.
Anyhoo....Back to my ridiculously awesome Sewing Saturday Bag...
It is 13x6 x7" tall.
The tutorial itself was well written. A friend of mine made it as well and she is a bit tutorial challenged sometimes and she breezed through it. I think it is also because she is turning in to a great seamstress too - that helps a lot ;)
I changed one other thing. I don't do the pillowcase turn method when I make bags. I hate the ugly hand sewing seam that you have to create on the lining. I also hate pulling something with a stiff stabilizer through a hole... so I turn under the top edge on the lining and the outer and top stitch around the top edge instead. I think it makes a much nicer looking bag. You were going to top stitch around there anyway! Kill two birds with one sewing stone!