My sister sews amazingly fast. She works a full-time job outside the home and still seems to get more done than I ever can.
The last time we went fabric shopping together, she fell in love with this pattern by Betz White, the Alice Book Bag.
I liked it, too, but had sense enough to realize that I’d never have time to make myself a bag, no matter how bad I wanted one.
Katy immediately purchased the pattern, and all the supplies to make the bag, and we went home. That was on a Saturday.
She used Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda in the canvas version for the outside of her bag, and Hometown cotton for the lining and pocket and handle. She modified her handle a bit from the pattern, because she couldn’t find the webbing as wide as she wanted it. I like that it adds more color to the bag than just the plain webbing.
And then . . .
She hands me ANOTHER bag, one she made for ME!
She left the outside pocket off of mine, because when we had discussed it earlier, I had avowed that I didn’t need that pocket because I wanted the bag to carry my laptop. And that’s good, because it shows more of this gorgeous fabric that she made it from. I don’t know anything about this fabric, other than I love it. Such rich color!
The only thing I had to do for myself was attach my own handle, and she left that up to me so that I could make it the length I wanted. Two bags in 24 hours! I told you she’s fast . . .
But it also attests to the ease of the pattern itself and having nice instructions. Betz includes lots of suggestions for options, and even suggests repurposing a vintage tablecloth for your bag — wouldn’t that make a neat one?
If you’d like to pick up a copy of this pattern, you can shop Betz’s store HERE. It’s the Alice Book Bag, and it’s available as a PDF, or check with your local quilt shop for the printed version. She also has lots of other really neat bag patterns as well. You’ll have a hard time deciding which one you want to make!