Well. That was quite a hiatus. It was unexpected, but on the plus side, I've gotten a ton of stuff done on my time off from blogging. I'm glad to say that my car is back and running perfectly (and not to mention, it looks amazing since they actually washed it and stuff. Something I hardly do. :P), and things seem to be getting back to normal (as in... pre-stress mode). Oh, and also, I managed to make this cutie!
I had this bag pinned a while ago after seeing it on Sew Mama Sew, and I finally decided to give it a try. I'm super glad with the results. :) I tend to choose a bunch of mismatching colors (this time, it was bright green, orange, and blue), but I'm glad to say it worked!
For anyone interested in the pattern, you can go to the website. It's actually an excerpt from The Bag Making Bible by Lisa Lam, but they offer it on the site as a pdf file for free. I did make some adjustments: I didn't need to have it reversible, so I made the lining slightly smaller for a better fit. Also, I added fusible interfacing to the straps, since just having binding as straps made me feel a bit uneasy. I also used lightweight fabrics (and not medium as suggested), so I used lightweight interfacing for my exterior fabric.
Here's the bag a little close-up so you can see the swirly green fabric I used for the lining:
I'm already cutting fabric for a second one. It's the perfect size, and so adorable! This time I'm adding pockets to the inside so I don't have to fish around for my cell phone. :)