Monday, May 19, 2014

Preston Bag

At the stitching day at Lets Get Stitched we received some awesome patterns.
One I was keen to make before my trip to Tasmania was Dawn's "Preston Bag".  It has large pockets on the outside, and I knew that would be a handy thing for my plane trip - and it proved to be perfect.

I searched for a time to find the fabrics to use for this one, then found the book fabric, which I have used for the small pockets on each side of the stitched panel. It worked well with the stitched verse  "Home is where the story begins".  From there I could choose colours for the rest of the bag.

 I found this (Lynette Anderson) fabric with houses on would work with my other chosen fabrics, to make the back pockets.
I didnt have any twill tape/ribbon to use for along the handles, but found a length of this ribbon which was the right colour, and works beautifully.
Of course you cant have too many pockets, so I added some inside.  I hoped to have the large one (bottom of  pic below) with a zipper close, but time beat me, so it didnt happen.  But the pockets are  deep so are quite secure. 
  


I also used a bag weight wadding instead of pellon in the bag, as I wanted it to be more structured - mainly thinking of travelling and wanting it to be able to stand upright.

This is a fantastic bag, and  to buy the pattern go to Dawn's Craftsy Store here. Or contact Dawn if you have any problem with finding it.

15 comments:

shez said...

awesome bag Marilyn i must get started on mine,love the fabrics you made it in,well done.xx

Maria said...

Love the fabrics you have chosen for your Preston Bag.. It's a project on my to do list..

Susan said...

It is a very accommodating bag! Loved it.

Tania said...

Lovely bag Marilyn, and love the fabrics you have used. The stitchery is really sweet.

Christine M said...

Your bag looks lovely, Marilyn. I haven't touched anything from LGS since I got home!

Helen said...

Beautiful bag !!!

Sandi said...

Great bag Marilyn and I do love that book fabric..

Fiona said...

Lovely bag... well done for getting it done in time... did you fill it up with treasures for the way back?
Hugz

Michelle Ridgway said...

That is a beautiful bag Marilyn..well done xx

Noela said...

Love your bag Marilyn. Must find the time to make mine. Such a lovely day. hugs.....

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

What a great bag.....

Anthea said...

Hi Marilyn - wow you have done a stunning job of the Preston - and your customising is clever too. The fabrics are lovely and I do love that ribbon on the strap handles. Now you will be so organised when you take it to Retreats & sewing days!

Kathy said...

You can never have too many bags - and a bag with pockets is perfect to carry sewing goodies. I have a little of that book fabric in my stash, just waiting for the right project!

DAWNIE said...

Oh just love all the pockets, great bag

debbie said...

Your bag looks awesome and I really love the colours. I love pockets too and I think you cannot have too many LOL. xx debbie