A couple weeks ago I won a sewing class to local shop Modern Domestic. And the class was taught by a friend of mine, so that was extra fun! The class was for the Boxcar Tote by Alexia Abegg. I haven't made a ton of bags in the last couple years so I was super stoked! After spending way too long picking out fabric from my stash, I narrowed it down to about 8 fabrics. I only needed 6, so I did some creative swapping with the pattern pieces.
I'm really happy with
how it turned out and will definitely make it again! I added a long
strap, I like a shoulder strap and the pattern only calls for the small
handles. The only thing I don't like is that I used the right kind of
interfacing for most of the bag, but a slightly lighter interfacing on
the large lining pieces, so the whole thing is just a touch saggier than
I like. Lesson learned!
added a magnetic snap to one of the outer pockets, and divided the
other outer pocket into two. (all of the things I changed here were
suggested by the teacher! I likes these changes and would do them next
time as well)
Inside the bag I divided the inner pocket off-center so the smaller section would easily hold my phone. (again suggested by my friend/teacher)
the fabrics I used Cotton + Steel, Kate and Birdie, RK Essex Linen in
Steel, the alphabet print is Baby Jane, the scissors print is Half Moon
Modern, and the main print is from the Handmade line by Macrina Busato.
The blue binding is Squared Elements and I have no idea what the tiny
aqua dot binding is. Maybe from Joann.
I used another print from
the Handmade line a while back on a project for my friend Pam! It's such a
cute line, I wish it had received more attention. (I also wish it had a more unique name than "Handmade," it's quite hard to search for and get relevant search returns!)