A belated Christmas gift for a close friend, who loves koi fish and Japanese culture
Hopefully I'll see her this week and I'll be able to give it to her
Looks very professional (well, okay, compared to any bag I've made before), and I'm so happy with this pattern, I think I'll make one for myself now! Probably off to buy the laptop bag pattern next, to make a bag for my new MacBook Pro
Fabrics: poly (sigh, I know! But the colour was so nice!)
shot blue/green taffeta, and quilting cotton (koi print featured on outside and teal for lining). There's also a layer of wadding and calico inside, and a plastic bag base, plus a heap of interfacing fused to the bag pieces.
It took me AGES to find large D-rings, until I stumbled upon a sale in a fabric store I don't normally go to. Topstitched the straps 5 times each, now they are quite hard and sturdy.
Zippered inside pocket (top right) and zippered gusset (bottom right) at top were really easy to assemble, instructions included are very comprehensive.
My machine didn't really handle thick wadded seams very well - then it started to squeak. Oiled and oiled, and still sounds like a mouse...got the job done anyway
The pattern recommends fusible wadding, but I was really at a loss in the quilting department.
On quilting, I was originally going to quilt a swirly wave pattern on the blue border at the top of the bag to attach the wadding to the taffeta, but I think I'll save the jump into quilting for another day. Probably looks smarter as it is
Pattern used - "Day Bag" by Nicole Mallalieu. Her patterns are great, and I highly recommend them. Many different styles of bags, graded over 4 difficulty levels. This was "beginner".[link]
Koi fish fabric (fat quarter) from Kimono House, Nicholas Building, Melbourne, Australia.[link]