As Storm Katie blew across the country bringing a wet and windy Easter holiday, staying in and crafting seemed like a really good idea. So, I plugged in my sewing machine, unpacked a craft kit that I received as a gift a little while ago (from a friend called Kate, would you believe?) and got started.
The kit is the Sally Shopper Bag from the Owl and the Sewing Cat and contains all the fabric and instructions to make a long handled tote bag with an outside pocket. Of course, I was drawn to the sewing style fabric but also like it because it is straightforward, with no complicated techniques or hardware to deal with. It’s also plenty big enough to shop with or, indeed, to hold a good number of crafty projects.
There was more than enough fabric so I added an extra internal pocket, divided into three for all of those small items that end up lost in the bottom of a large bag.
I considered dividing the outside pocket but decided that the full width makes it ideal to hold a magazine or any other wider item. I might go back and add a popper or button though, I’ll see how it works when I’m actually using it. The only other change I wish I’d made was adding a loop on the inside seam to hook my keys onto but the extra inside pockets make up for this.
All in all, a fruitful afternoon’s work and now I just need some sunny weather so I can step out with my lovely new bag.