Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Finished Runaround Bag for Marianne

A few weeks ago, I signed up for a new Craftsy Class on zippered bags: Zip It Up - Easy Techniques for Zippered Bags with Joan Hawley as the instructor.  I had done a couple of zipper pouches before but I was never really happy with my zippers and never got really consistent results.

The class is really, really good.  Joan Hawley is a good instructor and she demonstrates a bunch of really neat tricks for installing the zippers, finishing seams and pressing your project so it looks professional.  I found that although the patterns are clearly written, you really benefit from watching the class as you work on the bags.  She provides a lot of information in the videos that aren't necessarily covered in the written patterns.

Anyhow, I was itching to make one of the bags, but didn't have any fusible fleece until last weekend.  So this week, I made my very first Runaround Bag.



I used 2 fat quarters from Lizzie House for this bag.  I just love the cats on this Cat Dream fabric and this was perfect for my daughter Marianne who just loves kitties.

The zipper isn't perfect, but it looks pretty good I think!


Making this bag really wasn't difficult at all - I cut all the fabrics one evening before going to bed and I put the bag together in about one hour the following evening.

And here is Marianne modeling the bag for me.


I will be linking up this small finish over at Crazy Mom Quilts and at Quilt Matters for TGIFF.

Izzy

 



14 comments:

  1. Love it! So perfect made out of that material. Thanks for sharing this project with the rest of us.

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  2. PS the zipper turned out great.

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  3. Congratulations on your zipper-y finish! Well done!

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  4. Love, love, love! That fabric combination is perfect! So glad you linked up to TGIFF!, Isabelle!

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  5. Cute, cute, cute bag! Looks like you found someone sweet to model it too :-)

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  6. Very cute - great choice in fabric for it!

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  7. I love putting in zippers on bags. Once you learn how it gets easier. Love this little bag and your daughter is a cutie!

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  8. The work is great! The fabric really makes it pop. Well done!

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  9. Your bag does look very professional. AND your model does a superb job showing it off. Visiting from FIUF.

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  10. It's gorgeous and I think your zip looks fantastic!

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  11. The fabric was a fantastic choice - well done!

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  12. Hi Izzy, thanks for the visit and sweet comment on my blog. I have taken a couple of Craftsy classes and really like the format. I love this bag, and Marianne looks thrilled with the results. Probably part of that is your colorful fabric choice and the professional-looking zipper.

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  13. You can't go wrong with cat fabric :) I love the zipper choice too.

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