I have lots of this leftover fabric (this pink pattern and orange fabric are actually former bedsheets that I am repurposing into some other wonderful new things – I just love these colors!) that I am making into some wonderful new things, this reversible bag being one of them. I bought a book on bag sewing projects, that are pattern free, so I can modify the sizes to fit whatever I need. This is another test run project of the reversible bag that I made for a friend of mine. (sorry about the wrinkles, I am not big on ironing)
The pockets are bigger than what the pattern calls for, but who cares? You can fit your phone, wallet, and keys in these pockets without any worry. I also added some padding to the handles. I am starting another project in making a skirt out of mens ties and I am taking the ties apart so that I have more material to work with, so I take out the inside padding of the ties and you know how I hate to be wasteful, so I saved the tie padding and used it for padding inside these handles. It makes them stronger, softer, and more durable to use. I also added some soft iron-on interfacing to the orange fabric for a bit of structure to the bag. All in all, I think it turned out pretty good. Only took me about 2 hours to complete, from cutting to finished sewing.
The next time I make this bag though, I will alternate the material, in that I will have a main fabric and contrasting fabric sewn together, so that either inside or outside, it looks like the same bag. I have so much fabric I’m going through it all and just being crafty.
All the snow here has melted and today it was sunny, breezy, and pretty temperate. And since it is getting darker later, I am feeling more motivated to do more things. I know this sounds like an excuse, but this cold winter weather and change in savings time makes me lethargic and unmotivated. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but it makes me feel sluggish. I suppose that this is normal, since it has been going on since the begging of time, this change of season, and I should just get used to it and accept it, but after being in hot and humid constantly for 30 years, this is an adjustment. Next year I will be more prepared and will make my exercise/sleep/eating/crafty adjustments and deal with it. I’ll be fine, it’s not forever, right?