This is a nice roomy bag, with long comfortable handles - ideal for slinging over your shoulder. For the front pocket I've slightly gathered the fabric and channelled elastic through before sewing in place. To make the bag I used two half yards for the outside and lining, and a fat quarter for the pockets. To inter-line I used fabric cut from a bargain Ikea fleece blanket.... there really is no cheaper way to buy fleece - more than a metre of lovely fine material for just over £1!
Of course, I've added my "designer" buttons. I'm still very much in love with them.
For detail I've added a fob on one side, with a long fabric tie in a bow. With several darts across the upper third of the bag, the finished effect is slightly puffy. The inter-lining gives the bag good form and structure.
The lining is a lovely contrast. I've sewn a little cosmetic purse charm to the edge of the inner pocket as a final flourish.
This bag has been adapted from my favourite "Sophie" design. I designed it as I went along, jotting down the measurements at each stage. I shall definitely be making more of these, though I never do exactly the same fabric combination. It's important to me that each make is totally unique.
I'm deciding whether I should put together a pattern for this bag. What do you think?