Anyhoots, I thought about making it with fat quarters and then I remembered "Happy Land," the AMAZING Jennifer Paganelli fat quarters my friends brought me back from Market :) Aaaaahhh... the heavens parted and angels began to sing! :D
I got right to work and made me yet another bag :) ...and this bag is HUGE!! I folded 4 large quilts into the bag for the pictures and still had room for one more! A small child would fit for sure ;D
I am thinking that I am going to make my boys duffle bags for Christmas They never have a good bag for sleepovers or travel. This bag will be PERFECT for them :)
I have a serious crush on zippered pockets ;D
Here is the top zipper. It's a double sided parka zipper. You can unzip from either side ;)
I did make a few variations in the pattern but not many. I changed the handles. I didn't want the jukie-burlaps stuff so I cut a 130" by 6.5" strip of fabric, lined it with fusible pellon and folded it up so it's four layers thick and it ended up 1.5" wide. I also did not have long enough zippers for the end pockets so I used shorter ones and just added fabric tab extensions to make them long enough. I also doubled the pockets. The original pattern called for one on one side and one on one of the ends. I felt like more is better when it comes to pockets.
Things I'll do differently next time: I will line the outer fabric with pellon. I will use sturdier duck for the lining fabric. I will make the handles a bit thinner. I think I will add a little pocket to the interior.
The pattern was really easy to read and even with my pattern dyslexia, I figured it out :)
The bag has a good coat of Scotch Guard for stain protection :) I hate to get my Jennifer Paganelli dirty!!! ;D
AND, one last word about the fabric I used for the handles. Don't go looking at it in any stores :) I'll do a post tomorrow about the handle fabric story :) It will be blogged HERE. (the magic of computers... they know what will be in the future!)