One of the five or was it six ideas I had for 3D Challenge for Island Batik in December was to make a bag or a makeup pouch, so when Brady asked me to do this, back at the end of November, I thought, aha!
Island Batik supplied the black fabric, (if you are looking for a fantastic quality solid black, get some of this; it is the very best I've ever used, and I've sewn since Adam was a lad) and Aurifil supplied the gold 50 wt thread I used for the B. That B is the same monogram I quilted on Brianne's La Vie En Rose quilt. Brady will probably notice that connection. He's an attention-to-detail kind of kid. He's a lot like his nana in many ways.😉
It was on one of his most recent trips to the library that he came up with the idea of his own accord. He said out of the blue to Brianne that he was going to ask Nana to make him a bag for his library books. He'd been using one of Brianne's little shopping bags. He also said it should have a pocket on the front for his library card. What did I tell you about attention to detail?!
The idea of making a B came to me when I started planning the bag this morning. I love this pencil for writing on dark fabrics. I am so glad I saved the B template I made for Brianne's quilt! It took a... ahem, few minutes to locate it, but locate it I did.
I thought the gold Aurifil toned in well with the book-themed fabric I found in my stash for the lining. I FMQ-ed it on my Bernina, going over it three times. I did it on a single layer of fabric, and underneath I had a scrap of interfacing and a piece of a thicker interfacing.
Once it was done, I turned it RST, stitched around all the sides leaving an opening for turning, and then top-stitched it onto the bag front. I attached a small piece of black velcro at the pocket top edge to keep the it closed. Don't want to lose that library card!
I made the bag 12"wide by 14" tall, which included allowance for seams, so it finished at 11 x 13". I boxed the bottom, just 1" wide.
The handles are 1" WOF with a scrap piece of black Hobbs batting inside. I top-stitched them with black thread along the edges and the Aurifil gold down the centre.
Inside is that old piece of books-themed fabric from the stash:
I think he will love it!
Pattern: Original design
Size: 11 X 13"
Fabric: Island Batik