Sunday, February 20, 2011
on the go bag: handmade beginnings
I recently learned something about making bags. First, they can be a lot of fun, and very satisfying. Two, they are exceptionally hard to photograph.
Way back, I used to be a Brownie, and it's there that I met Robyn. Since we went to different schools, we drifted apart as kids. It was nice, then, when we reconnected in the most surprising of ways: she's married to my brother-in-law's best friend. I love when that happens.
She's expecting her second child soon; tired of looking for a diaper bag and knowing that I made one for my brother-in-law, she asked if I would be interested in making something for her. Even more fun--but infinitely more stressful--was the news that I would have complete creative freedom to do what I wanted. Her only hint? Her favourite colours are purple and green.
I decided on the On the Go Bag from Anna Maria Horner's Handmade Beginnings pretty quickly. One thing that I hear from all of my mom friends is that they wish they had a bag that would graduate to toddlerhood with their child, and that it would be great if they could continue to use it for themselves after that even.
It was the fabric choice I was more worried about. Fabric and pattern can be a personal thing, so what if I chose wrong? But when I found a Momo print in red, purple and green, I knew it would be perfect.
I made the bag almost exactly as it is in the book, except for a few interior pockets, and a detachable, adjustable strap. The adjustable strap will allow Robyn to wear the bag across her body when trying to juggle a newborn and a toddler, and it was an easy addition to the bag. For the interfacing, I used canvas instead of fusible fleece. The matching changing pad was made of the same purple fabric used for the accents and the lining on one side, and the other bits of Hope Valley and Far Far Away 2.
As with all of Anna Maria's patterns, this one was easy to follow, and the final bag was so cute (and big!) I'm thinking of making one for myself to tote around sewing projects.