- I had all the cotton denim yarn, purchased at a clearance sale months ago.
- The bright orange acrylic was leftover yarn given to me by my daughter.
- Who doesn't have a pair of holey old jeans kicking around?
- I even had leftover thread in the right colours.
- I had the perfect buttons purchased long ago for a project that I changed my mind about.
- The inkle band, cut in two, turned out to be exactly the right length to make shoulder straps that place the bag at a comfortable carrying height.
- The inner pockets were made from a scrap leftover from the main lining.
- The plastic canvas was in my stash, previously rescued from a thrift store for next to nothing.
- The bag turned out a nice size and shape simply by cutting the woven yardage exactly in half.
The only things I had to buy specifically for the project were the fusible interfacing (to stablize the weave so it could be cut and sewn), and the bright orange broadcloth for the lining. Both of those I got at a local department store. I didn't even have to set foot into our big (annoying, high priced, slow service) fabric store.
All the details would have taken less time if I had had a commercial pattern to refer to. As it was I had to stop and carefully think about how best to accomplish the features I wanted. The bottom and the narrower sides were given some stability with plastic canvas basted invisibly between the layers. The inside was lined, complete with six customized pockets, four flat ones of various sizes, and two pleated ones for bulkier objects.
With the exception of the inkle bands, I have enough of everything left over to make another whole bag.
I haven't decided yet whether I will do that and sell the extra one, or if I will buy a pattern for some kind of lined purse. Either way it won't be anytime soon. Sewing isn't my favourite hobby. Although I did a fair bit of it years ago, now I only sew when it is a necessary step for finishing some other fibre related project.