I went over to Joann's fabric store yesterday and really scored with some embroidered linen fabric. It was 1/2 off the "red tag" price!! While I was there I met "Julie" while standing in the line to get our fabric cut. She was telling me that she doesn't know how to sew, but has been so inspired by the Amanda Soule blog that she bought a sewing machine and now she is starting to "collect" (the quote is wholly mine) fabrics. A telltale sign of a sewing genius if I do say so myself! So, last night I came home with my newfound fabrics and made up a pattern for this bag, basket, bag-sket, whatever you want to call it. I think I am going to call it the "Lucille" picnic bag. I drafted a pattern based a bag I saw in this magazine:
And I love it. I made this bag for a husband and wife who are flying in to Colorado this weekend to do some teaching/training at our church. My husband and I are picking them up at the airport and delivering them to their hotel so I thought this would be a great substitute for a fruit/gift basket (since they probably wouldn't want to lug a basket around the airport on the way home). I plan on chocking it full of bottle waters, energy drinks, mints and gum, fruit, foodbars, and of course, CHOCOLATE!! I acutually used the wrong side of the fabric for the outside of the bag due to the flashy nature of the sequins on the right side (still pretty, just not the look I was going for).
Hope your weekend is filled with fun!!
I have had several people ask for the pattern and how-to for this bag, so here goes!
Basically, this bag is made of only 2 pattern pieces plus whatever you choose to use for the handles (I used some cotton webbing). Once I sewed the pieces together, I put binding around it and sewed the handles on when I attached the binding to the outside of the bag. Before I attached the handles, I sewed a piece of the inside material to the handles. Here are the pattern pieces you will need. Piece A is a rectangle 26X7.5 inches and for piece B, if you click on the pattern, then print the picture out and then enlarge it 200 percent, you will have the right size. (Piece B is cut along the curves, not along the inside lines which indicate the measurement from point to point only:))
- cut two of piece "A", one of outside fabric and one of the inside fabric.
- cut eight of piece "B", four of outside fabric and four of inside fabric.
To assemble outside of bag:
- Using .5 inch seam allowances, sew two of piece "B" RIGHT sides together along edge that measures 9.5 inches from point to point and press seam open. Repeat with other two "B" pieces of outside fabric.
- Pin longest edge of the joined "B" pieces to longest edge of piece "A" RIGHT sides together and sew together. ***If piece A is longer than the longest edge of piece B after you've pinned them together, just trim off the extra length of piece A. If you do have to trim piece A however, make sure you start pinning the other piece B so both sides lines up properly.
- Press seam open. Repeat with other joined "B" pieces.
Repeat these two steps for the inside of the bag then pin WRONG sides of outside and inside of bag together and baste, bind, and add the handles of your choice! ( I cut my handles to 16 inches, so the handles end up to be 14 inches long by the time they are sewn in.)
You are done!