Sunday, March 20, 2011

The "Fits My Life" Bag

Hello, lovelies! Remember when it seemed all I ever made was bags? It was like every post was "Here's a bag. Here's another bag. Guess what I made? A bag." Then the holidays rolled around and I stopped taking custom orders for a bit. But it's that time of year when everyone wants to update their bag for the warmer months so I'm back at it. I've got a nice little to-do list already. This usually leads to me feeling overwhelmed, so yesterday I hunkered down with some Swedish Fish and Wheat-thins and cut and sewed and pressed away all day.

I now have this ready for delivery tomorrow:

I've made this bag numerous times now but I still love the way it turns out.

Someone once suggested pockets on the side for a water bottle or something...now everyone wants them. It takes a smidge of fabric to do, but it takes me forever to get the measurements with the elastic and the pleats just right.

 Look at that nice snug piping nestled in with the pleats. Mmm...cozy....

 Usually I do one line of stitching on each side but on this one I did a few. I like the look of it much more--I think it gives it a more professional kick...

 Here's a nice suspension-bridge style zipper. One day I will figure out how to do a zipper where the sides are enclosed but I haven't received any complaints with this method, so until then...this is just going to have to be acceptable.

Here's the inside--slip pockets up one side and a zip on the other. The pink is much prettier but I always have problems shooting the inside of a bag.

This baby fits everything and anything. The only reason I haven't made myself one is because I'm always trying to decrease the size of my bag--if it's a big bag I'll fill it with all sorts of things I don't really need just because I have the room. But for the ladies who love to carry their entire lives with them, it's perfecto.

The colors are just so perfect for spring and summer. I got all my fabric from Joann's, but some of it was already in my stash. I love decreasing my stash. It's my newest high (and totally legal, so yay!).

Yum.

I can't recall the last time I sewed so much in a single day. I also had a few dishcloths I needed to whip up, which I did during Ghostbusters, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and some SNL. I now need a weekend to recover from my weekend...

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33 comments:

  1. I love the purse! So adorable:) The fabric is to die for!! Thanks for sharing.
    www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

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  2. What a beautiful bag! I love the fabric!!
    www.addicted2tutes.blogspot.com

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  3. I can never sew piping that clean. You got mad skillz yo! :)

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  4. Hi Bethany!

    Your bag is adorable! I love the fabrics!
    Have a great week!
    Love, Brenda

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  5. This is a lovely bag. Nice touch with the piping. Do you think buyers (who aren't sewers) really care about or even know the different kinds of zipper style? I hope not! Suspension-bridge zipper style is totally legit and quite stylish too.

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  6. Your work is professional in quality. I am very impressed with it.
    Mrs. Hearts

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  7. Very nice, indeed! The fabric is beautiful!

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  8. Oohh!! I'm so envious! I love these bags! I especially love the fabric. If only I could follow a pattern and sew accordingly! lol

    I'm visiting from The Girl Creatives blog hop and your newest follower =)
    Thanks for sharing this lovely creation!

    Monica @ Ella Bella Butterfly

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  9. What a fantastic bag! Your sewing skills are soooo impressive!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  10. That bag is FABULOUS!
    Love it for Spring~
    xo

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  11. The bag looks wonderful, love the fabrics you have used!

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  12. Very pretty bag. I agree the extra lines of stitching has a very pro look.

    --Denise at Sly Needle

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  13. I love your bags. Great fabric. I need to get myself ready for spring with a bag like that! Thanks for sharing-

    Valerie- www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com
    Stop on by!

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  14. Love the fabric you used.
    ~Kimberlee
    www.TheSpunkyDiva.com

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  15. Great bag! Love the fabrics and all the lovely details. Beautiful.
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  16. Very Pretty! I'm hosting my first Linky party and would love for you to submit to it!
    http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/03/glitters-first-linky-party_22.html#comments

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  17. Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit! and for grabbing the button too! :)
    Hope you have a great week!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  18. What a lovely bag! Love the fabrics you've used. Oh I wish we had a Joanns here...

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  19. I love the colors and the look! www.mylifeunzipeed.blogspot.com

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  20. ooh I love bags. This is lovely and the fabric is wonderful! I came over from Sew Much Ado, have a great day!

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  21. Great bag! I wish I could sew worth a darn.

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  22. That is so adorable! I love the fabric choices!

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  23. I clicked over since I love the fabric--and it looks like the bag is just great too!

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  24. Wow that is so cute. It looks like the perfect bag for Mom's on the go!

    I am your newest follower from the Blog Hop. I think your blog is cute & I look forward to reading more of your posts. Come check out my blog! I would really appreciate it if you followed me back too! Thank you.
    http://milliemorganmedia.blogspot.com

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  25. very-ery nice. :0)
    do you have a tutorial for it, by any chance?

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  26. I love this! I have been looking at making one similar! But I might try to copy you with those colors!

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  27. This is super cute! Thanks for sharing it at last week's linky. It's been featured today. Just wanted to let you know!

    Krista

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  28. I love your bag, Bethany! thanks for sharing! will be doing a shout out today! yay! ^^)

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  29. i really like this bag, do you sell patterns?

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