So I’ve been posting about my SoYouThinkYou’reCrafty entries the week after they are in the competition – so today I should be posting a tutorial about the Miss Mandy Bag.
BUT, I am still working on making a pattern for it, so this won’t be a tutorial post….but I still want to talk about the bag I love!!
Let me start with a story. I was at walmart and saw a lady with a bag that I loved from a distance. But I’m not one to talk to people I don’t know, so I just admired it from afar. But then I kept thinking and thinking about it, trying to work myself up to talk to her – but I couldn’t! So I went about my shopping. THEN, when checking out, the lady with the bag happen to be talking to someone I knew – perfect, my IN. So I went to say hi to the person I knew and somehow worked in a way to ask the lady if I could take a picture of her bag:
Awesome, right? It’s a Vera Bradley bag and can be found HERE: (I can’t seem to grab the image from their site). So it was inspiration with the piping on the front – but even thought I like the looks of a flap, I knew I didn’t want it because I love to just drop things right into my bags. So I came up with the features I wanted and got to work.
First up, picking fabric – this might have been the hardest part – I can never decide!! I had it narrowed down to these three and finally ended up with the one on the left. When I first got all the Amy Butler Soul Blossoms as a 1/2 yard bundle, I thought this particular one was SUPER ugly – like “when am I ever going to use that?!?”. But it’s grown on me because now I love it. Funny how fabric taste changes….
Speaking of the fabric, I was actually on top of things and remembered to line up the pattern – so professional. See the bag of my bag, all aligned and centered perfectly:
So to brag, I think I really did a good job with my sewing. I thought “wow, I can actually sew!!” – my most favorite part is the detail on the front made with piping –
That front panel is actually a pocket – one side is for my phone and the other for my keys —
I used a thrift store belt for the metal circle details – I think adding those instead of just sewing the handle directly to the bag makes it a little more professional:
I pulled over at an old building on the way home from gymnastics and had my preschooler take a few action shots of the bag in use – she’s getting better at the camera:
I really really love my bag!! I show it off to everyone with a “hey, did you see my AWESOME bag – I MADE it – REALLY!!” – people probably think I’m a bit strange….but I really love it!
Pattern to come, hopefully soon……