Hello from New Hampshire!
I'm in New Hampshire, visiting my brother and SIL at their new lake home. We're having a family gathering to celebrate my parents' 70th birthdays this month. It seems apropos to be blogging about Lucy's Crab Shack fabric while I'm here! LOL.
Last month's Label Crew project from Sweetwater was this wonderful beach tote bag called Lucy's Beach Bag. The Label Crew project came with the pattern, a couple of iron-on labels, and a name label. I ordered all the fabric from fatquartershop.com and made this bag from it. I tell you, I cannot get enough of Lucy's Crab Shack fabric! LOVE IT! I think this bag turned out really cute. I'm really happy with it! The outer part of the bag is made from canvas. It feels very sturdy. I love that.
And here is the other. Too cute! I still have two more labels that came with the Label Crew kit. I'll use them with something else.
I put the name label (I whited out my last name on this label in the photo) on the inside of one of the handles. I thought it woudl be nice to have my name on my bag in some conspicuous spot in case it gets misplaced.
The lining is made from a plastic coated canvas that coordinates with the outer fabric. I love how that makes the inside sort of water proof. I have already used the bag several times, and it's just a great size and holds just the right amount of stuff.
I took this photo of the bag with nothing in it to show you how the bag stands upright all by itself, even without anything in it. I always like a bag like that! Sweetwater had suggested using a product called Soft and Stable By Annie (at byannie.com) in place of a stabilizer or batting. I had never used this product before, and I thought it would be fun to try it. So, I did. I liked the product. As you can see, it gives the bag enough strength to stand upright, but it's not overly stiff. It still feels a little "squishy," like batting might, but it certainly has more stability. And it was not difficult to cut or to sew through. I will definitely use this product again. In fact, if I were to make the Metro Slouch Bag again, I would probably use this product in it. I thought it worked out great.
As far as a pattern review for this bag....As always with Sweetwater projects, I thought the pattern was well written and easy to follow. I'm amazed at the simplicity of the bag pattern these gals put together and the professional finish that you get from such a simple pattern. This bag was a little bit more difficult to make than some of the others I've made, but not much. The only thing that was a little tricky was that there were a couple of areas (e.g., side seams) where there was quilte a bit of bulk to sew through, with the stabilizer and all. Also, there is a little bit of hand sewing around the top band of the binding. Hand sewing through the canvas was just a little more difficult than sewing through quilting cotton, but it was not too bad. I would give this pattern a rating of advanced beginner to early intermediate for bag making. It is not difficult to make at all, it is just a little difficult to sew through all the layers in a couple of spots.
I highly recommend this pattern and project. It is easy to make, and I think the finished product is pretty great. If you make it, I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.
Oh, and I should mention, I bought this pattern and all the supplies for it with my own money. :-)
Come back tomorrow, and I'll show you what I did with my scraps. It relates to the Happies I gave out at the retreat at Gruber's, and I know I promised you a post about the Happies. That's coming up next!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Until next time,