|Here I am with my beautiful friend Anna and her new bag.|
|Anna put her bag to use immediately. She was able to shove a ton of stuff into her new bag, including her laptop!|
Don't be afraid of the zipper. This is one of the easiest zipper insertions ever. I used my edge stitch foot (number 5 foot on my Bernina) to do the stitching on the zipper tabs and the straps and I used a zipper foot to insert the zipper. I used a walking foot for the rest of the construction. The zipper in this bag is optional.
|The pattern included instructions for the zipper tabs too.|
The pattern calls for the handles to be 22" long. This would make it a purse strap length. I made the handles 28" long. I wanted them to fit over Anna's shoulder (see her picture at the top). The handles have a neat design feature using four 1" rectangular rings. I actually had some rings in my Stash, so I used them. I only used one layer of batting in the handles so they wouldn't be too thick.
|Attaching the handle.|
|Edge-stitching the handles. I love flat flower head pins. They are sharp and fine. They are especially sharp when you stick them in your finger by accident.|
|I purchased my name labels on Etsy several years ago. The seller I purchased them from is no longer listed.|
|I had an epiphany and I glued the metal tag down so it wouldn't move before I sewed it.|
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