Even better than collecting fabric in transparent boxes is using that fabric to create everyday objects. In that way you get to see a lot more of the fabric’s pattern, right?
That’s why I wanted a sturdy, usable bag from the Campervans fabric, a curtain fabric that is just perfect for bag making. This one is the size of a bigger bowling bag, and it’s perfect for my everyday needs. I can fit my lunch, a notebook, my knitting, wallet, a notebook, pens and a water bottle in there without problem. Love this model and size – and it was designed by my mother who drafted the pattern for us. Sewing it was also a joint venture!
Mom did most of the sewing, and I fit the layers together and pinned them in place. We used a non adhesive stabilizer (interfacing) that was sandwiched, and quilted in place, between the campervan fabric and the striped fabric we used as liner.
For the inner pockets we picked two of the curtain fabrics that Terry’s Fabric also sent me to play with. Mom made pockets on both insides, one with a zipper and another that is open at the top. The striped pink and green fabric, Goa Stripe Fuschia, we used as lining and pocket, and the Jardin Lime for the zipped pocket. I think they work well together, don’t you?
Personally I think green and pink is the best color combination! Happy and stylish. Maybe that is why I fell in love with the outside fabric, called Campervans Curtain Fabric in pink and green. Not until now I noticed that it is also available in blue! You can get it from Terry’s Fabrics.
Sewing together with mom is fun, because she is so skilled and knows a lot about it. Fortunately we had enough fabric to make two, almost identical bowling bags, so we could have one each. Yay!
The images above shows the making of mom’s campervan bag, with white handles and a dangling scissors ornament at the end of the zipper. Mine has striped handles and piping in a pink fabric with white polka dots, that I myself hand-sewed around the edges. Here are some pics:
What do you think?