Thursday, January 7, 2010
the laura duffel
It took me a long time to come up with this bag design. It's nothing new, but my sister asked for a gym bag for Christmas. I struggled with the design because I wanted it to be more like a duffel and less like a tote--totes are easy and I wanted to challenge my creativity.
I suppose this bag looks more like an overnight bag (oh, a dual-purpose bag, even craftier!) but hopefully not too much like an old 70's flower-print suitcase. I think the fabric choice suits her. I especially like the idea of one long strap for a gym bag. In fact, I would probably like all of my totes to have only one strap to contend with. With this strap, I used green ribbon to accent and strengthen the underside of the strap.
I'll bet that there is a pattern out there for this type of bag that would have made this project a lot easier. Instead of trying to find one, I put the design together in my head and began sewing from there. It turned out just like I imagined (so that's a plus), but the top part with the zipper really threw me for a loop. I was afraid that my seam ripper would fall apart it was being used so much. But all in all, it's exactly what I had in mind and I hope she likes it. If I would have had more exterior fabric, I would have added an outer pocket for any last minute items or flyers (read: phone numbers) picked up at the gym.