The red handbag is finished. When I make the orange bag out of the IKEA fabric, I will make the strap a little narrower, 1 1/2″ wide as opposed to the 2″ wide this one measures. This is Simplicity 2750, View B. I made some changes to the pattern: I added a top zipper, changed the strap position, added side pockets to the lining, and also added a zippered side pocket to the lining. Here’s a view of the inside:
In addition to the top zipper, I added a pull tab to the zipper. I used some topstitched scraps from the strap to make the pull tab, cutting it into a teardrop shape and zigzagging around the edges. I used some machine bar tacks to attach it to the zipper, and take my advice, it would have been a lot easier to do that before the zipper was sewn into the bag.
I turned the bag inside out so you could see the pockets:
I used the pattern for the zippered pocket from another bag I made last year. I really like this technique and plan to use it on just about every bag I make. Next time I’ll try to remember to take pictures so you all can see how this kind of pocket is done, because it looks great and is very easy to do.
This bag is a good size – rather large but not too humongous. It is somewhat easy to make, nowhere near as difficult as the Amy Butler Weekender Travel Bag, a bag I really did not enjoy making. This one is very straightforward and hallelujah, no piping.