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Sep 26, 2011

Cosmo Bag: Done

Sep 26, 2011
Pin It Consider me Travel Handmade ready!  Whew - it took some determination to make it to the end on this one.  But I'm glad to say I've conquered an Amy Butler bag pattern!

Cosmo close up

Challenges:
1.  6.25 yards of interfacing need to be applied to almost every piece cut.
2.  Instructions are clear, but need to be read very carefully.  I read each step at least 2 x before beginning.  I found I really needed to focus to avoid spending time with the seam ripper.
3.  For some reason my lining ended up larger than the exterior of the bag.  So the lining doesn't quite fit as well as I'd like it to.  As a result, there are various tucks in the fabric where the lining joins the exterior.....but unless you're really searching for them, I don't think anyone will notice.

Yes Moments:
1.  Realizing I'm SO glad I went with Modern Meadow on the outside.  Thanks to everyone who helped me decide!
2.  Pleats are not hard and I love the look they add.
3.  My first covered button.  So simple!  Must add more of these to future projects.
4.  Sewing curves....  I still need more practice, but the practice helps.
5.  Realizing the interfacing will make this bag awesomely sturdy.  This bag is constructed well.  A necessary evil I guess.
6.  Just being able to say I've made it thru an Amy Butler pattern.  It was no easy task for a quilter.  and I feel like I really accomplished something!

Here's what I'll look like carrying it at the Sewing Summit!

Me carrying Cosmo

Do I see more Amy Butler bags/patterns in my future??  Yes.  

Anytime soon?  Nope.  

For now, I've spent the past month working on this bag and know what I realized?? 

I really miss quilting.  
There's still just something about working on a quilt that's really IT for me.  

I'm gonna go cut up some squares or something....


{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations
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27 comments:

  1. Your bag looks awesome!!! Great job! I love the Modern Meadow print, it looks fab, can't wait to see it in person :)

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  2. I love this bag! I seriously want to make this. But like you I like to quilt. I have discovered recently it's my favourite thing to do.

    Just one question. Do the handles stay on your shoulder.

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  3. I love it! I think the fabric choice is perfect! (but you didn't show us the inside). I hear you on your loves and hates. That's the dual nature of an Amy Butler bag. They are hard, but they are SO well made. Everyone thinks they are professional when you carry them around though. :) Enjoy the summit and your new bag!

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  4. what a pretty bag! that is my favorite modern meadow print!

    6+ yards of interfacing? that scares me. i am not very adventurous when it comes to patterns!

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  5. Congrats on finishing an Amy Butler pattern! I've heard they are definitely not for the faint of heart and, unfortunately, often contain mistakes. Your bag looks really great though, and I'd agree that you definitely made the right choices with your fabric. Have fun at the Summit!

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  6. This is sooo cute! It makes me want to make one.

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  7. Well, it looks fantastic, and very professional! Great job! (But 6+ yards of interfacing?? How is that even possible?!?)

    I'm with you--I'd rather sew some squares together any day.

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  8. I do the Modern Meadow fabric too.
    You did a great job. I know what you mean about working on a quilt. It is so much more enjoyable for me.

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  9. Looks great! I plan to try it out, but I made a lot of non-quilts recently and have plunged back into quilting as well. Try the Birdie Sling - it's fast and easy and really cute - just add a magnetic closure and play with the pockets!

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  10. That bag is GIGANTIC! It looks awesome! Great work!

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  11. Cute bag! Wow... 6/25 yards of interfacing? Almost sounds easier to just interface the entire yardage of fabric and then cut the pieces from that. This is on my to-make list for sure. :)

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  12. Great bag! Now you'll have to find goodies to fill it with! I'm sure that won't be a problem at the summit! Have fun!

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  13. Ditto to the rest of the comments. It looks great and you'll be very handmade stylish at the Sewing Summit. Plus you'll have a great bag for carrying home lots of handmade goodies!

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  14. Beautiful Job! Love the fabric and you'll feel so great and accomplished carrying your new bag!

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  15. Yay! :) It looks great! Can't wait to see it in person! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

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  16. Seriously fantastic bag! I have three Amy Butler books, and have not yet had the fortitude to get through a pattern. You are inspiring me!

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  17. That bag is HUGE! I didn't realize it was such a big bag 'til I saw it on your shoulder. Have fun filling it up!

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  18. I love the bag, and the print. I find her patterns confusing, although I love the finished product!

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  19. Awesome bag, what a beautiful job.
    Wow, it's so big! Or you're so small! :-)

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  20. You did a GREAT job on this. Was the interfacing fusible? Could you use fusible & would it make the making of the bag easier? I have some Amy Butler patterns, some bags,some not. Haven't got around to them yet, so really enjoyed the feedback about them. Right in the middle of a huge log cabin quilt at the moment so the other stuff will have to wait :)

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  21. This post makes me smile, AnneMarie :) And I love the bag... it's enormous! Great job!

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  22. The bag looks lovely and roomy enough to hold a ton of stuff!

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  23. i know this comment is a bit late to the party- but lovely job! i think amy butler patterns are so hard- sometimes without a good reason. i conquered the sophia carry all a few years back. it's so gorgeous and i love it- but it could have been easier to make. anyway- i love your bag and you did such a great job! enjoy it.

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  24. In my gosh! I love your colors, it's gorgeous. I have that color way in blue...I may need some pinks now!

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