Thursday, June 18, 2015

Will Work for Fabric 2

Earlier this week, I shared a project I made as a shop sample for The Craft House – a delightful little gem of a fabric and yarn shop in the University Place neighborhood – a couple of blocks from Nebraska Wesleyan campus and just a little ways down the road from UNL’s East Campus, where I work my day job.  Allie carries not only high quality cotton fabrics, but canvas, chambray, knits, and plush fabrics as well.

I hinted that the second project was big.  HUGE might be more accurate.  It is a giant-sized tote/duffel/carry on bag – large enough to hold a sewing machine with room to spare.  I’ll admit, it was quite a challenge.  I loved the design of the Aeroplane Pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, but I found some of the instructions to be less than clear.   Thankfully, Sara included her email on her pattern, and responded quickly and courteously when I needed her help to get unstuck. 

There were added challenges – the size and bulk of this piece – and 3 zippers.  A wonderful product, Annie’s Soft & Stable, is a spongy sort of “filling” to give soft but firm structure to purses and bags – but it’s a bit tricky to sew through when you’re trying to sew a zipper on a LONG 28-inch curved seam through several layers.    Despite the challenges, I am mostly happy with the way the bag turned out.

I LOVE the fabrics!!  The outer fabrics are cotton/linen canvas prints designed by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel – one of my favorite modern designers.  The lining fabric is from Leah Duncan’s Morning Walk line for Art Gallery Fabrics.  The padded straps are a chambray fabric that picked up both the pinks and corals from the Gallop print. 

Allie of The Craft House liked both pieces – so I now have a NEW (smaller) project, which I hope to be able to share with you in a week or so. 

And, as an added bonus, I got to meet Allie’s adorable baby boy, Calvin, who was staying with Mom at the shop when I dropped off my samples today.  SUCH a cutie!!  He loved looking at all the pretty colors in the shop.  I think maybe he needs a cat softie named Hobbes. 



  1. Wow, that's one huge bag! It does sound tricky, but that's great that Sara answered all your questions quickly so you could get the bag done.

  2. That's really a biggie! It turned out great! (and every Calvin needs his own Hobbes!)

  3. what an awesome bag! and great pattern

  4. Oh wow! What a fabulous bag! I can see how much work went into it! I've made big travel bags before, and attaching the lining to the zipper was always tricky ;-) I love the Mojave Aloe fabric on the inside!!

  5. I saw another huge bag pattern last weekend, large enough to carry a cutting mat and supplies to a class
    It would go well.with this sewing machine carry bag.