butterfly fabric for my first bag

Getting Brave with a Bag

I’m going to do it. It’s official, now. I’m going to attempt to a) follow my first non-quilt pattern and b) make my first bag! I bought all of the fabric, interfacing, and notions needed so now there is no turning back.

fabric and pattern for making my first bag by noodlehead

I recently stopped in my local (really local this time at 20 minutes away) fabric shop Fiddlehead Artisan Supply in Belfast, with a bag in mind and was taken by their colorful linen blend selections. Initially, I had in my mind that the feature fabric for my first bag would be linen blend, but I decided on a cotton print (the butterflies-“Flutter” by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Fabrics) for the large front feature pocket for the bag. The main body of the bag will be the teal linen blend, then handles and inner pocket will be the lime green linen blend, and the inner lining will be the dark blue fireflies (from Water Garden by Jane Dixon for Andover Fabrics).

fabric for first bag

I bought the necessary interfacing, pattern paper, and a magnetic snap closure, so I think I have everything I will need. I opted for the Go Anywhere Bag by Noodlehead, for many reasons:

  • I’ve seen so many awesome bags made with Noodlehead‘s patterns,
  • Noodlehead was also recommended by the woman at Fiddlehead,
  • Fiddlehead had the patterns for sale, so it was one-stop-shopping,
  • The bag is BIG! which means it should fit all of my crap valuable items,
  • There are no zippers, so I don’t have to face that challenge yet, and
  • I feel like the pattern really highlights the fabric choices.

I can’t wait to begin!

butterfly fabric for my first bag

I am hoping (planning?) to have a chunk of time tomorrow to sew, and that’s when I plan to tackle this bag. Sure, I have other projects that could use some progress made, but I’m ready to sit down, bite the bullet, and MAKE a BAG! I’ve read through the instructions a couple of times and have been thinking about this project a LOT, so I’m counting it as a work in progress and linking up with Freshly Pieced’s WiP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday

Any tips for a first time bag-maker?

 

6 thoughts on “Getting Brave with a Bag”

  1. Go you for trying a new project! I love your fabrics, especially the butterflies. I’ve made a couple bags and my advice is to read the pattern for comprehension all the way through before starting, not just skim. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve just dove in and then had to rip and reread to make things turn out correct!

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  2. Kitty, it sounds like you’re feeling a bit intimidated by making a ‘non-quilt’ project. I bet you are over-thinking it. I started with garments and home dec before quilting and I think the precision of quilting is harder. Like the comment above, just read the directions first and think about whether you get what they are saying. It’s like cooking, if you can read it and it makes sense, you’ll be fine. Can’t wait to see your first (gorgeous) bag!!

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