One little trip to Crimson Tate, and I was in love -- in love with the fabrics, in love with the shop, and in love with Heather, the completely cool and awesome owner. If you love fabric/ love to sew/love to be around terrific people, get yourself to this shop ASAP.
But first up, I'll show you my self-designed car bag:
Sometimes, things just fall right into place, don't they? I had pinned a great messenger bag pattern by OCD: obsessive crafting disorder to my Sewing board almost a year ago. The designer had used some felted sweaters/jackets in her designs, and at the time, I was felting things like crazy. And, I had pinned some great Japanese fabric I had seen made into sachets at Sew4Home, but every other crafter out there must have loved the fabric, too, because everywhere I looked online was sold out.
But there it was at Crimson Tate. A big beautiful stack of Ruby Star Shining by Michelle Miller. So, I brought it home and made the messenger bag first:
Front (I added a little pocket cut from the pink typewriter fabric, just because):
Under the flap, where I added a little pocket for my cell phone:
Inside (I added a zippered pocket here):
Ayumi at Pink Penguin. She used cotton duck for the outside and vinyl for the inside, as she designed this as a lunch bag. When I saw it, however, I thought it would make a perfect sock-knitting bag for my writer pal, Christie. You can't see it here, but I added a little fabric loop and a dog-leash type hook so she could clip this to her purse or belt loop while she sits knitting on the baseball bleachers!
I am itching to make some more bags, but must first finish the 3 baby quilts I have in the works. Pictures soon!