Some months ago, Free Spirit asked for a bag pattern to go with Tula’s Elizabeth collection. We talked about size and style, as well as print combinations. If you’ve seen Elizabeth (which just shipped to stores this month), you’ll know that it has everything we’ve come to expect from such a talented artist. Free Spirit wanted this personality print to be featured.I wanted to design a bag that would hold a lot of stuff. You know, a whole project’s worth of stuff. For some reason, yarn projects were on my mind. Probably due to the Fall weather at the time. So I knew it needed some needle pockets–which also work great for scissors and miscellany.I made two and shipped them off to their home at Free Spirit. My prototype bag went to my mother for Christmas. Which left me without one of my own. So yesterday, I got out my Gregory’s Garden (Jane’s Spring 2014 collection) and got to work.Jane’s harlequin diamonds are a favorite of mine and they work beautifully on this bag, just as they do in every application. Naturally, I had to add some bugs for the lining–a little whimsy is always welcome.So…the bag measures 16″ x 5″ x 16″. The exterior pieces (front, back and sides) have fusible fleece. I used Thermolam because it provides just the right amount of body to the bag. The bottom and sides have heavyweight stabilizer, which helps it stay upright, more or less. There are also two interior side pockets and one interior pocket across the width of the bag. Plenty of room for your project and then a little more.The bag requires a small bit of finagling to get the side stabilizers situated before you fuse it. But since you leave the sides open to do it, you have easy access. I suppose you could leave those two pieces of stabilizers out altogether, but you wouldn’t have the same bag.
You can find the free pattern at the Make It Coats website. Enjoy!