Although I don't make lots and lots, I still really like handmade bags in all shapes and sizes. Recently I stumbled across an interesting sewing blog/website, with downloadable patterns for sale. Of course, most of them appealed to me, so I jumped in for the kill............ You can see the bags here - http://www.keykaloupatterns.com/ The bag pictured above is the first one I've made using Michelle's lovely pattern. I have another which I will try soon. Whilst I did not follow the pattern to the letter [a slight change in the base boxing], I found everything in the requirements and directions to be faultless. Please make time to visit Michelle's blog too, and see some lovely sewing.
I've put a small collage together showing a few elements of this bag. There are some small pockets inside [always handy], and I really like the added stitched detail on the bottom. The inside lining has a firm pelmet vilene rectangle stitched into it, giving a more rigid base. I hope you can see the fabric pattern. I purchased this fabric quite some time ago, to make a bag, and still have quite a bit left. I managed to find something in my stash for a lining, and what I consider to be a suitable button trim [a natural timber button from Tasmania]. I am using this as a swap gift for my group's break-up in a few weeks.
Whilst on the subject of bags, I thought this one might be of interest to readers too. I made this about three years ago. I originally purchased the handles, and then decided I needed a bag to go with them...... I have included this link - http://www.mareepigdon.com/sewing-patterns.html as both were purchased from this lady. I fear the pattern has probably been discontinued. It is quite large, has a number of inside pockets, plus a piece of MDF in the base, as well as little feet. I find this an excellent bag for taking projects to my sewing days. It was 'built' around the handles actually [colourwise], with fabrics I had on hand at the time - leftovers.
I hope this little bit of sewing is of interest. I will try to make up the other bag pattern I purchased from Michelle - http://www.keykaloupatterns.com/product/inset-zip-clutch-pouch-pdf-sewing-pattern and hopefully this will go together as well as the first one.