January 4th

It was just a matter of time until I pulled out the sewing machine again. I took a two-week break to enjoy the holidays, sleep (and man, have I been sleeping) and spend time with friends. When Katie and I cooked together a couple weeks ago, she picked out a pattern and some fabric. She’s starting a new high school tomorrow, so I pushed to get this Amy Butler Birdie Bag done today.

Turquoise birdie bag

Turquoise birdie bag

Turquoise birdie bag

These are always so tricky for me to photograph. I should really sign up for a product photography class. Chocolate brown, white on white lining, turquoise exterior. This is the first time I’ve been able to figure out the gussets in this pattern. A-ha! I love it when puzzle pieces finally fall in place. Also, I wish someone had told me when I first started sewing that if you are going to take a shortcut (which generally bite me in the ass), don’t skip the interfacing. Interfacing makes a world of difference in a project like this. It takes it from looking like a Girl Scout project I made in 4th grade to something I’d actually like to carry.

For those non-sewers, interfacing is a fusible synthetic material you iron on to fabric to make it heavier and therefore sturdier. It makes so much difference in handbags, especially handles.

Now that I’ve got gussets down, plan on many a more bag in the next few weeks. Specifically, this bag. Beki is so good. Have you seen her amazing patterns?


P.S. Katie got into a sledding accident this weekend and broke her collar bone. I’m hoping the new bag redirects the stares from her rather unfortunate brace. Poor thing. Could not be worse timing. As if starting a new high school weren’t hard enough, doing so with a brace seems like an Ellen Page movie waiting to be filmed.

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9 Responses

  1. You said it about the interfacing! It makes a world of difference.

    Cute bag!

  2. Oh no, poor Katie. I hope she heals quickly! Super cute bag though, she’ll look great with it.

  3. Interfacing rockings. But it rocks at many levels. What’s your favorite? I’m loving fusible fleece right now and just did a yoga tote that is divine — if I do say so myself. You might want to try it (if you haven’t already).
    Love your projects… and your book lists. I was going to tell you that earlier, but I forgot.

  4. Poor Katie! At least she’ll have a cute bag though, to head off to school with.

  5. Holy Ouch! Poor Miss Katie! Hopefully her body and spirit mend quickly and that cute and cheery bag helps to take her mind off of things!

  6. What a shame about Katie’s unfortunate start to her high school years. I hope all goes well and she’s brace-free soon.

    The new bag you made her looks wonderful and congratulations on resolving the gusset challenge.

  7. I would totally take a product photography class too! Great bag. She’ll love it. Hope her collar bone heals fast. That doesn’t sound like fun.

  8. Cute bag! It could go with the brace quicte nicely depending on the color of the brace. Seriously.

  9. Oh Katie..hope the collar bone heals quickly and the first day goes well..That is a very cute bag..