Good Afternoon ~
In my last post I promised a bit about a beach bag. In fact, I think I said I would be back “shortly” with the beach bag. Now a week has gone by and I am just getting to it. Somehow a quilt retreat, family wedding, birthday party, and a lake day got in the way of my good intentions. A week is shortly, right? Don’t answer that. Just say “Right”.
So, speaking of that beach bag, the thing that got me started was the fun oil cloth fabrics that are in quilt shops now.
Here are a couple of the pieces I have picked up –
Aren’t they cute? I bought them to make a simple grocery bag, as the fabric is stiff and a little hard to do much detail work with. So far, the bags are yet unsewn, but I have still enjoyed admiring the fabric.
I got sidetracked from the oil cloth when a new, yet similar product called laminate came out. It is much softer and I thought it more suitable for making a bag with a few more details. I gave it a try with my Bella Bag pattern.
The pattern was written for our regular quilting fabrics, but I decided to use the laminate and make myself a beach bag. By the way, the coating on the fabric makes it shiny and hard to photograph!
I made the large size, so I could fit a suit, towel, flip flops, sun screen, and book all tucked neatly inside. The laminated finish means the sandy water just slides off, keeping it from getting wet and dirty.
I was surprised to find the fabric easier to work with than I anticipated. All I did was lengthen my stitch, and then it fed through the machine easily. The pattern calls for a fusible batting to give the bag some body. I left that out with this fabric, as it prefers not to be pressed. In fact, I used finger pressing throughout, which I don’t normally recommend. In this case, it was better than having the fabric melted to my iron!
One other thing I changed was the handle, as shown here. The laminate fabric that I used was wider than your typical quilting fabric, so I had enough fabric (by cutting the full width) to run the handle through the grommet and tie it in a knot.
The original pattern used a button, as shown below. The knot shown above takes a lot more fabric, so it works well with the wider laminate fabric.
So, for those of you who have the Bella Bag pattern, you can make note of those changes –
Then get yourself some laminate fabric –
So you can start enjoying more of this –
(Shot taken last night from our deck. I thought it was just gorgeous!)
PS – If you are wondering where I got the fabrics shown in this post, I got them here.