I keep a notebook by my bedside. I use it to write down all the things that suddenly occur to me right when I am about to go to sleep - call british gas, buy water filters, book horseriding for Lillia, and other exciting things. I also use it to scribble ideas of things I want to make - bags and toys, polyclay characters etc - the kind of ideas that only ever seem to pop into my head late at night.
One such design was a bag with a big bow on the front. I wanted to try something more challenging than my usual plain dual fabric design. I also wanted to try putting a pocket on the front. So I drew up a rather amateur pattern, grabbed some old fabric that I didn't mind wasting should it all go wrong, and got to work...
I have to say I am pretty darned pleased with the finished result! I managed to keep my seams relatively straight (and where there are wonky bits you can't see them) I took my time over each element, made sure it was neat and well made, I unpicked several times in order to make sure I got it right. It was a real learning experience.
But perhaps most exciting for a geek like me is that I successfully added a zip! I've never managed to do this on a bag before, I didn't even know where to start, but then I came across Made by Jane's Recessed Zipper Bag tutorial and decided to take the plunge.
Woo hoo! My first zippered bag! And it looks really good too! I made the bands that attach to the zip to form the recessed part quite a bit thinner than Jane's, as I didn't want it too recessed. Also instead of adding a matching band to the outside I just made the outer fabric slightly longer than the lining.
I even added a lined pocket to the inside...
So there you have it! My first ever zippered bag, I am one chuffed little sewing person :) Maybe zips aren't that evil after all?