After an unsuccessful attempt* at sewing myself a yoga mat tote bag** I decided to sew something else, namely, the Charming Handbag from “Bend-the-rules Sewing” by Amy Karol.
First, I cut up all the pieces
The outside fabric is from the Echino collection by Etsuko Furuya and the lining is by Amy Butler.
Then I pinned it all together to get an idea of how the finished product would look
I sewed up everything in 2 times. It was a pain because my machine isn’t working very well, either through machine trouble or user error. I’m really thinking I need to get it checked! You can’t imagine how much thread I wasted due to having to restart all the time. And, to add insult to injury, on my last seam I ran out of the lower bobbin thread and had to stop and fill that up before I could totally finish…
But it is now done. My stitches are all crooked and my seams are crooked but overall it looks ok. Now don’t go and look at close ups of the seams!
Here you can see one of the two pockets I added in the lining
I just love this fabric!
I’ll be using this bag as a knitting bag. It fits perfectly a sock project but it is big enough for a bigger project, not that I knit anything else than socks anyways…
* I cut up my main piece of fabric and decided to try it for fit around my new yoga mat (I’m guessing someone smart would have tried before cutting). I then realized that the material of the yoga mat (terry cloth-ish) was sticking like velcro to my fabric and that I could never use the two together. Every other fabric I tried acted the same way.
** I started going to a yoga class with a friend. I’ve been three times already and I quite enjoy it. I went once to Pilates and enjoyed it too. Sadly I won’t be able to go back for another 6 weeks because I am starting a quilting class next week that falls at the same time as the Pilates class. But I’ll be back to class at the end of April!