Sew Sweetness Bag Contest just for fun. Sara has good complete directions, and I've added her book to my shopping list, since I have faith it will be just as good as her pdf patterns.
There were two patchwork panels I was going to use to make yet another Noodlehead open wide pouch, but co-opted them for this and just added to them.
I'd ordered half a yard of Essex Yarn dyed linen in black from fabric.com, and lo and behold, I got the end of the bolt (they put a little sticker on it that says "JACKPOT - you got the end of the bolt") and I got almost a full yard of it, plenty for the straps and bottom.
For the lining I used Serenade Moon Light from Art Gallery's Poetica line. It was already the center of one of my patchwork blocks & while conflicted about having a dark interior, I rarely have enough of anything to accomplish something this fabric consuming, so just used interior white zippers.
I still have a lot of work to do on figuring out interfacing. This lacks the stiffness in the sides that I'd like. Silly me, Sara has a great post about interfacing and bags right here - which I forgot about until I started writing this post. I tend to buy few yards of different interfacing here and there and can't keep track of which is which so I winged it. Joann's is having a half off interfacing sale right now so I'm going to get bolts of the most needed ones so I don't run into any confusion again.
There were some mishaps along the way, but they were pretty much just
user error. I did remove my sewn in backwards zipper and put it in
correctly like a good girl, although I don't think its as nicely centered as it should be there in the picture. I LOVE how when I
unzip it it stays open, this will make it a great bag to carry crafting
stuff around in and not have to root around for things. I'll either be making this again or reducing the pattern by 50% to make a handbag from..maybe both :D