4.10.2012

Made: Project Sewing 101- Doodle Bag.

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The next project in my personal challenge, Project Sewing 101 , is called a "doodle bag." The concept of this bag is just adorable, and I've got a special little girl in mind to be the recipient.  Our niece will come to visit this summer, and as I've yet to meet her, I thought a fully loaded art bag might be just the thing to break the ice!


I'm kind of impressed with myself as to how well the pocket & flap came out. You may remember I skipped making a pocket in a previous challenge, so this was a totally new skill to me for this project.

I'm pleased that this project afforded me a chance to reuse a pair of jeans that I split (eep) last winter, and am still using up that great stripy canvas I stocked up on and have been using for the last few projects.


One thing that didn't turn out so great is the lining. I love that there's a pocket divider inside, but do you see that big fold over of extra fabric in there?  Yea...I guess I'm not such a pro with fitting linings yet.  I cut the fabric to the pattern's specifications so I'm not totally sure what happened in the first place.  Can anyone out there shed some light on this?

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19 comments:

Lisa said...

SUPER cute Nancy! I love the colors.

Duni said...

I've never seen a bag like this - totally cute and useful! Your niece will love it :)
As for the lining, I usually sew a scant wider seam than the outer...hope this helps!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Really cute -- your niece is sure to love it! The pencil pocket is fabulous! The extra material -- since you cut it according to the pattern, maybe it's so something wide/fat/large could fit in it (like a binder or something)?

Rose said...

Well done Nancy! I cannot offer any help with the lining, but the rest of it looks great. I hope that your niece loves it. I really enjoyed gifts like this when I was growing up.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Wow, I don't see how you get all these projects done! I am impressed by your energy as well as your sewing skills!

Jenny said...

That is adorable! I absolutely love it.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What a great gift! She'll be in love the minute she meets you :)
And I can guarantee she won't notice that extra material on the inside flap :)
Another fun and awesome project!

Lin said...

What do I get if I come visit you???
Hahaha!

That is adorable! Who wouldn't love that???!

Monica said...

the fabrics are super nice and the bag turned out great. Like Sarah said, maybe the extra lining is on purpose - a design element :-)

BeadedTail said...

I love the fabric, the colors and the divider! It's perfect!

Stela said...

It's sooo cute!! And what a great gift!

Splendid Little Stars said...

a great project! This will make a wonderful gift for your (very lucky to have you in her life) niece!

Jessi said...

Oh I like! that would be great for kids on car trips!

Sedruola Maruska said...

Very cute bag. Looks like something I could use for my hooks and yarn. . . one project at a time of course! Keep it up!

odetoinspiration said...

It came out so adorable! The pocket for the colored pencils is perfect!! Love that idea! Will you be offering bags like these in your shop?

Kathleen said...

What a great little bag for your take along artwork! Love it!

Karima said...

What a great project - I am sure your neice will love it!

Additionsstyle said...

This little bag is so cute, whoever gets this bag is going to enjoy it for years. You did an awesome job and the colors are so much fun.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Linda Pruitt said...

I know you did this post a while back, but I am just seeing it. Your bag is awesome! Your stitching looks straight and nice. As to the extra lining fabric, I think it is so you can FILL the bag and the lining divider will not be pulling on the exterior. Great job!

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