I think I finally figured out why I love making bags so much. Bags have the pleasurable challenge of 3D design without the body image crap that always comes up when I sew clothes. Planning and executing is a sure stress reducer for me and pre-Sewing Summit jitters resulted in these two Sacks o’ Happy – another Mommy Poppins Bag and a clutch wallet of my own creation. Well…. I didn’t finish the wallet in time to bring it with me, but I had it 90% done before I left and finished it up soon after I got back.
My other excuse was that there were some errors in my green Mommy Poppins bag (that were corrected in pattern testing) that I was embarrassed for it to be inspected by talented seamstresses. At least that is what I told Andy… and myself. Really, it probably had more to do with the release of Tule by Leah Duncan. yuuuuuumy. (Darn you, Rae and Shannon! I was blissfully ignorant living my life without it before you had to splash that glorious blue, yellow, and orange all over your pretty blogs!)
I went with the same uncut cord, I used on the green bag. (If it ain’t broke…)
How do you do your diaper bag, wallet, purse juggling? I like the versatility of the large wallet/diaper bag combo. Tuck the wallet full of all your essentials (phone, money, cards, keys, etc…) into the diaper bag when you are out with the kids, and remove when leaving the house alone, WHICH HAPPENED TWICE LAST WEEK!!!! Aside from quick grocery runs, this is a first for Vinny and me. Hello, freedom!!!!! It’s been a while!
Then I added a strap, because… that’s what I do…
…And on that strap, the sweetest metal zipper pull. I got these from the lovely Janelle of Emmaline Bags, who I had the pleasure of meeting at Sewing Summit. I wish I had more of a chance to talk to her than I did. These metal “handmade” labels are her latest bag supply in her shop and you should check them out right now. They feel super quality and are such a pro touch to a bag project.
I would say that I am done bag making for a while, but I still waiting on supplies to finish my other Bag-In-Progress.
Tell me about your wallet/purse/diaper bag transfer strategy. Do you use one bag for it all? Or separate bags?