Saturday, August 2, 2014

Finished Bag & Saturday Stuff


 I've been really trying to finish things this summer...but with a sight-seeing trip coming up soon I started (and finished) something I've been wanting to make for a while: a cross-body bag that isn't too big and isn't too small. After a little internet research I decided on the "Two-Zip Hipster" by Dog Under my Desk. I've used Erin's patterns before and found them to be well done and easy to follow.

I'm so happy with this pattern. This was my first time doing a top "inset" zipper, and it went together easily!



 The front of the bag has a zip pocket with a slip pocket right behind it.


 I used more fabrics than the pattern requires. Since I just had 1/2 yards of a few of my favorite Cotton & Steel prints I used one fabric for the strap, one for the back, one main fabric, a front pocket fabric, and a lining fabric. It was fun to mix a variety of prints.



The bag is designed with a slider so you can adjust the length of the strap for a cross-body or over the shoulder style. I'm actually waiting for my slider to arrive Monday, and then I'll be finished.



 The inside of the bag also has a divided pocket section. I thought it would be fun to use the states print for lining since I'll primarily use this bag when I'm traveling (although I don't know...maybe this will become my everyday bag, too--it really is not too big and not too small).



 And I really, really love the recessed top zipper. I think I might have mentioned that. All fabrics by Cotton & Steel...I cut it out and interfaced the pieces one day and had it sewn together in just a few hours the next. Great pattern--not a sponsored review...just my personal experience with a pattern I tried and loved!


 I also started a mini RainCheck this weekend...just need to quilt and bind this now!


  
And I have some binding to do this weekend, too. Abby did the quilting on my mini Red Letter Day (I usually quilt my mini projects myself...but I just couldn't decide what to do with this one, and since I was sending her some other things I added this in to the stack). I love how it turned out!



I also love what Abby did with the quilting on my Homestead wall hanging. As soon as this one is bound I'll share the finished quilt.

Hope you have some fun starts and finishes in the sewing room this weekend!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


16 comments:

imquilternity said...

Love your Two-zip Hipster!! I've made three of them now and think it's one of the best patterns available. Your Cotton & Steel fabric choices were perfect.

Heidi said...

Love this pattern! You amaze me with all you accomplish! I hope you enjoy your trip.

Kim said...

Love the bag. You have been very busy with the mini quilts .

Michele said...

Your bag turned out great. I made one almost the same, it is Bobbi's Just Right bag. I love it and am planning on making a couple more.

Hildy said...

Love the bag and the quilts!

Karen said...

Wow -- lots of finishes, and they all look great as usual! If you ever want a larger but similar bag, I highly recommend the Bahama Bag by Pink Sands Designs. The pattern is excellent, and I added a slider to mine (that wasn't in the pattern, and I also had to special order it :-)). I finished my hexie bag from the Small Town Quilt Show a couple of weeks ago and love it! I'll have to send a photo.

Needled Mom said...

That is a great bag! The zipper looks terrific too.

The quilting is perfect for thise quilts.

Anne said...

What is the size of the finished bag? I love it, but would hope that it's not too little,nor too big. The pattern website doesn't tell the dimensions - would love to know before ordering it. You did a fantastic job!

Karenkay said...

I really like the fabrics you used for your bag. I have that pattern and seeing your bag makes me want to make another one!

Kelsie said...

Love the mini Raincheck! Adorable!

Julie C. said...

Erin's patterns are THE BEST! I have them all except for the Sammy Bag - no small dog to carry around!

Love the mix of fabrics! I need to make a new Two Zip Hipster for myself. I use my first one so much it's starting to show wear.

The similar Zip and Go bag (hold less) is one of my go-to gifts from Erin's collection.

I seem to always be waiting on hardware for my bags!!

Julie C. said...

Anne, on her "finished size" tab (next to "description" and "materials needed" this is what it says:

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Mine is actually about 10.5" x 9" x 2". It's the PERFECT size!

Julie C. said...

Okay, weird, since I used those brackets, I messed up the HTML.

It says...
Finished size: 11” tall, 9” wide, 1.5” deep with a 30”- 56” adjustable strap

Anne said...

Thanks, Julie - I bought my pattern and can't wait to shop for my materials this weekend! That size is just right for me!

Raegan said...

Cute! That looks like the perfect bag.

Jeanna said...

I saw (& liked) the bag on IG. It is such a functional size and I adore the fabrics you chose for yours!

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