Okay, so maybe I didn’t really need a new bag (although I did take my Wonderland bag in the cave at Mammoth–and it did get a little dirty)…but I’ve been wanting to make this one ever since I saw the Sweetwater Authentic pictures on the Moda website (the fabric designers have a great blog called Make Life Sweet)!!! For months, seriously…I’ve been waiting to make this bag…and now that it’s finished I love it as much as I thought I would. Probably even more…the fabrics are wonderful!
I adapted (as usual) Nanette’s wonderful bag pattern (her pattern doesn’t call for charm squares). I really wanted the inside to coordinate, and since the yardage isn’t available yet, I sewed together jelly roll strips until I had large enough pieces to use for lining. I also used two matching jelly roll strips for the handles and extra charm squares for the interior pockets. One charm pack and 13 jelly roll strips…and now I have a great new bag!
I have a dilemma, though. My younger daughter wants this bag…and she wants it today! She wants to take it with her on a three week trip! But I don’t want to give her this one…is that so bad? I told her I’d make another one for her…but I think I need to keep this one–after all, I’ve been waiting for months.