I am totally LOVING this week’s Zakka 2.0 Patchwork, Please! sew-along chapter. This is my completed Piece-of-Cake Shopping Bag. If you have been following along with the sew-along, each week we are completing a project in the book Patchwork, Please!. This was the first bag/accessory item in the book I’ve done and now that it’s completed, I want to make a ton more! This thing is HUGE!
The finished bag measures 12 1/2″H x 14 1/2″W x 8 1/2″D. You’re probably thinking that isn’t that big Cindy, but it really is. Read on to see why. Because it is a shopping bag, Ayumi suggested a more heavy weight material along with cotton for the cover and laminated fabric for interiors. I changed mine up a bit to use some of my stash, but I kept with the actual pattern and off I went. Here is what I changed:
I used 10oz. painters drop cloth instead of linen or other fabrics. This is heavy and thick, perfect for a shopping tote. I had no problems sewing with it, but it does tend to fray a bit of fray-check worked wonders.
I did not use interior lining with this pattern. What I did instead was double stitch each seam, then on the interior, I used a 1/2″ cream twill tape to cover the exposed seam. It also looked nicely stitched on the exterior.
I used a natural 1/4″ rope with knotted ends for the drawstring closure. From this angle, you can see just how big this bag really is! I can’t give away too much info, but it’s all in the pattern! The drawstring top fabric is from Cranston Print Works Co. made in the USA. It’s a little thicker than your everyday quilters cotton, but I love the patchwork print and looked great with the painters cloth.
Next week’s chapter is a cute little patchwork box pouch. I’ve been wanting to try this pattern for some time so I can’t wait to dig into my scrap bins! For now, I’m back to the studio to take the next set of pictures for my bag tutorial coming up soon! ~Cindy~