Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Authentic Charm Bag


Do you ever feel like you're going to need to make something again to get it right?  I started this simple charm bag that was featured in the 2009 BHG Bags, Pillows & Pincushions magazine late this spring.  I pieced the sides with an Authentic charm pack and then quilted them a month or so later.




Fast forward to a week or so ago and I resumed the project after looking at my quite frightening WIP list.  During the summer months, most of my sewing occurs between 11pm-2am long after the kids are asleep.  Well, sometime in the wee hours of the night I trimmed/rounded the corners of the quilted side panels as directed.  A day or so later, I figured out that I cut the wrong side (top rather than bottom) so now I would have upside down text!   Doesn't it just bug you when you make such a basic error?! 




I added an interior pocket that was not in the original directions and instead of using muslin as a backing for the quilted sidepanels, used some non-fusible pellon interfacing to help the sides stand up - so far I think that this worked well.  And if I do make this again, I will probably add a few inches to the handles so that it is more shoulder suitable...




So in the end, I tried a few new things, made a few mistakes and got an imperfect bag that I rather like!





10 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...





You know I LOVE Authentic and that bag is very cute! No one but you will ever know the writing is upside down Karen!

Catswhiskers said...





you got a unique LOVELY Charm bag that you will enjoy for a long time
It is 'perfect'!
Gina

Joanne Lendaro said...





Very Cute bag! I know what you mean by making the changes...the one reason I begrudge making bags. If I could find one that had it all....and yep, gotta have that strap long enough not to hug my arm pit! My daughter thinks I'm nutso about it, and hates shopping with me as I try them out!

Vicki said...





Looks absolutely fabulous!! I love the colours and you will look fabulous carrying it shopping :) Lots of room in it for all your goodies :)

Needled Mom said...





A lovely bag that will probably only be known to you that it is not perfect.

Alisa said...





It looks great!

Poppyprint said...





Yes, those late night booboos are a killer when discovered the next morning! Your bag is wonderful, though. I love the size of it and that fabric line suits it perfectly!

lindsay said...





great bag! even with your creative design elements as i like to call them, your text is upside down so that you can read it while you are carrying the bag!

Karen H said...





Love it. If you didn't tell us about all your mistakes, no one would know. I think this will always be one of my favorite lines of fabric!

kathleen said...





whatever 'mistakes' you think you made - that bag is wonderful!!