Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Post About Anna

Actually, this post is "All About Anna." That's the pattern name for the bag I just made. A couple months ago I won the pattern in a giveaway hosted by the designer, Stephanie at Loft Creations.

Instead of making mine with a charm pack - I'm not a typically a charm pack buyer - this comes from stash. "Hometown" by Sweetwater is the feature fabric on the outside pockets. There's also a bit of Central Park, Denyse Schmidt fabrics (Picnic, Fairgrounds, Aunt Edna) Juicy Blooms, Castle Peeps, Sunkissed, Metro Living and Moda Marble.

I modified Stephanie's pattern to suit my need for pockets. By my way of thinking, a bag can't have too many pockets. First, I put pockets on the outside front and back.
tote back
On the inside I added a second pocket. The one at top is called for in the instructions. The one opposite (on the bottom), is another, larger one with a stitching line so I can have a place to put a pen and pencil. I also interfaced the inside pockets. On the bottom you see a base I made, for stability. It's a piece of foam core covered with fabric.

In this close-up you can see two things I want to point out. The decorative button closure is actually two buttons. I first sewed a sew-through gray button to the bag, and then sewed the aqua shank button on top of it. That's called improvisation. The button I wanted to buy was $5.95! Also, my city's name appears in the fabric. "Des Moines." It's entertaining to read all the cities listed. My editor/proofreader nature came to bear when I discovered the letter "v" missing for the city name "Spring Gro e."
Thanks for the pattern Stephanie! I'm already using this! Linda

14 comments:

  1. Fabulous bag, Linda, very versatile, particularly with the added pockets. I love your choice of fabrics. :)

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  2. Is there anything you don't do?? What a great looking bag!

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  3. Linda, love your bag and I still have a little smile on my face seeing you sewing bags! ;-)

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  4. Lovely work Linda. Perfect for spring.

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  5. I love the bag pattern itself, and the fabrics a really make it look crisp and smart. Great button.

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  6. Love the bag. Just making one similar for myself.:-)

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  7. The bag is beautiful. I am also a pocket person and would have added pockets as you did. Love the fabrics.

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  8. Nice bag Linda and nice pattern too- I like the name too ,, Hancocks of Paducah is one of my favorite on line shops . I have bought from them a number of times. Congratulations to your winners.
    Warmest regards,
    Anna

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  9. This is such a cute bag! I love looking at creative bags but I don't enjoy making them. Maybe I just haven't found the right pattern yet...

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