Thank you, again, for all the links. I ended up using this one. It's the whole inside outing of the liner and handles that muddles my brain, and I found this step by step to be the easiest for my grey matter to follow. I'm hooked on bags now.
Here's how my morning went down
I'm not sure where I picked it up from - but it's been in my collection forever and it looks so very Wendy to me.
I also knew that I wanted to combine it with a denim maternity jumper that I had picked up at a garage sale only because I love buying expansive pieces of denim for quarters and it was in great condition. The two together have been sitting on my sewing machine for about six months.
Now I needed a liner. What I really wanted was something that color green. I only gave myself a 1/2 hour to look thru the basement boxes because I didn't want to spend all day down there looking. I tend to get distracted. Imagine.
And I found nothing. Nothing pink. Nothing green. Just boring plain white. While I itched to walk to the quilt store just a block away, I resisted. Mostly because I had put myself on a fabric buying freeze three years ago already because I was collecting more than sewing. Altho...I'm not sure that did much good because all I did is switch my buying over to pretty patterned papers and suffer the same fate there.
To my ironing board I went
As I was ironing, I remembered that in the linen closet just an arms length away was a green polka dot pillowcase. I have a thing for pillowcases and our linen cupboard overfloweth. I quickly looked thru the shelf so aptly dymo labeled 'pillow cases' and found the green polka dot covering I was looking for and deemed it perfect.
So I began my project there.
I cut one side of the pillowcase open, laid it out on my large cutting mat and eyeballed what size I thought the bag should be. I declared that no seven year old girl should need more than 16 x 22 inches for her stuff. I fought the urge to go digging in Allan's room to measure his bag since the baby was sleeping in there - and once I get started on a project I lose all patience. In hindsight - the bag is a little bit large, I may have to keep it for myself and make her another. heh.
After I decided on the size I turned to the denim jumper. With sash.
I cut off the bodice because it was making measuring tricky with all those pleats and gathers...and I decided not to use that part for this project but not to toss it yet...I might use it for something.
The sash, however, I decided would make perfect handles .... and because they were just the right length for Wendy - and there were two of them...I went ahead and made a two handle bag.
notes - mostly to self
- it could be just a little smaller/shorter.
- buy more bobbins. I had some pretty pink rick rack that I wanted to put around the top, but I have 6 bobbins. And they are filled with white, off white, red, black, brown and navy blue threads. B.O.R.I.N.G.
- The top of the bag is the bottom edge of the denim jumper. I have this compulsive need for borders in both scrapbooking and sewing.
- talk Wendy into another bag so I can keep this one
- She's already filled it up, so I'm thinking it's not going to happen