I got this seriously cute notebook to organize all my work stuff.
I love it!
I got it when I realized the plain black one I've used for the last 4 years was coming apart.
So I reorganized.
You all know by now how I love to organize....
Nothing calms my mood like feeling organized.
So of course I need a new bag to go with it, of course.
This notebook it Vera Bradley, so there is a bag/ purse that goes with it.
It just wasn't what I wanted.
So this fabric was as close as I could come to a match.
Doesn't she just shout "Spring!"
I'm so ready for warmer weather.
I knew what I wanted it to look like, but didn't have a pattern.
So I modified a pattern for a Hobo bag that I had.
I'm a totally self-taught sewer.
proof that anyone, and I mean ANYONE, can sew......
I made some mistakes, but next time it won't take me all day.
having a little notebook to make notes about projects is helpful.
Learn from the mistakes.
I wanted a flat panel/ strip around the top and cut that out first.
I drew a picture of how I wanted the purse to look.
Next time I'll also draw out each of the pieces I need.
My eyeballing and guessing, wasted a little fabric.
I used the hobo bag pattern and folded the top down where I wanted the top panel to be.
I did the same with the inside lining.
I ironed on stabilizer after getting all the pieces cut.
I put stabilizer on the liner too. Honestly I could have skipped that.
It does make it extra sturdy, but it's not really necessary.
Being totally self-taught, I don't know all the technical terms.
So this was the first time I ever sewed a dart.
If you want to sew and you don't know where to start, go to YouTube.
There are awesome videos that will walk you through what you need to know.
I had a general idea about darts,
but was afraid I would mess up more of my quickly dwindling fabric supply.
So I looked up "sewing darts" and got some rockin' awesome "how to" videos.
The darts gave me the idea for the pleat on the front of the purse.
I think it added character, love!
Of coursed I added pockets inside, I'm crazy for pockets.
The more the better!!
And She's done!!
Overall I like the way she turned out.
In my mind the top panel was a bit more narrow.
When you make it up as you go, things change.
I think I may give it another try though,
and see if I can tweak the pattern more.
And of course, there had to be a fabric covered notebook to go with it......
Anyone else seeing the obsession emerging here.....
With a cute ruffle (tutorial here) to match the purse & notebook.
We're going to need to build on a room for my purses.....