My daughter recently requested a bag that could carry the duties of motherhood. I added just a few features to make it easier to locate the cell phone and a front pocket for keys (or whatever). The straps were extended to distribute the load and take the weight off the top of the bag.
|"Not a Rocket Science Bag" designed using some of|
the Zen collection by Bridgit Hegland for United Notions.
Sew only the first fabric as instructed in the original tutorial if you want to add the cell phone pocket. Once this top fabric is in place, fold the canvas side out (inside) with the fabric strip at the top. Mark the 1/2" seam allowance on the outer edges. Determine the vertical center of each half; this is where the pockets will be centered vertically.
|This is the padded cell phone pocket.|
|Once all the strips are sewn, with the canvas still flat,|
hand stitch the pocket bottom to the canvas.
|The extended straps obviously require more yardage.|
Four yards will give you plenty to work with.
Before you sew them in place, make sure they
are positioned correctly and not twisted.
Guess how I know this?
|This is the inside of the finished bag, sewn with|
black stitching....cream thread would be more forgiving!
It would be nice to tack down the corner flaps.
|This is the plain side of the bag.|
|I added a 7" square pocket to the front (once the strips were sewn and before the actual bag was constructed and the straps were top stitched). |
The straps were top stitched just to the sides of the pocket, 6 1/2 " away from each other.
Enjoy the day...'till next Tuesday!