October 26, 2013

Purse Palooza 2013 - The One Piece Bag by Fig Tree Quilts

As a person who loves to make
bags, purses, and pouches,
I've been enjoying

I actually tried out a brand-new-to-me pattern
that I was smitten with,
from the time I first saw it on the Fig Tree Quilts blog.

It's called the One Piece Bag,
and you can find the pattern here,
in PDF or paper format.

I made this bag for a friend,
and she requested black and white fabrics.
I used a beautiful damask from Michael Miller,
for the body of the bag.
The shoulder straps are a large polka dot.

{Did you really think I'd make a bag without polka dots?}

This is a really cool and sophisticated purse,
very large and spacious, with a messenger-style flap,
but lots more style than I've seen in most messenger bags.

A magnetic snap holds the flap in position.

I don't have a photo showing how it looks
when it's being carried,
but the straps are nice and long,
letting the bag fall along the hipline.

I love the way the straps are attached
to the outer bag early in the process,
to allow for some decorative support stitching.

My friend requested lots of interior pockets,
in a strip, to keep the bag contents organized.
I figured out where to position two contrasting pocket strips
so that they line each side of the bag.

{My little label shows that I made this bag just for her.}

I'm not gonna lie...I was a little nervous making this bag
for the first time, because of the pocket modification
and also because it was my first time installing 
little feet on the bottom of the bag!

It turns out that the feet are applied much like magnetic snaps,
and in just a few minutes,
I had added an amazing professional touch!

{Here's a view of the bottom of the bag.}

When I had the bag all finished up,
there was one little thing that kind of bothered me.
I felt like the top of the gusset was too wide,
and the flap had a gap at the top.
I just pinched the top of the gusset
and stitched a pleat in the top edge.

The result was kind of a teardrop shaping
that really dressed up the finished bag.


I hope my friend loves it, too.
Someday...I'll make another one for myself.

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  1. That has come up beautifully - I am sure your friend will be delighted. I would be.

  2. I've always loved the look of this bag. Yours turned out great!! What a nice gift to make for a friend :) Cindy

  3. Amazing job as usual! love the fabric choices as well. Truly pro looking!

  4. This is such a sophisticated bag. Love the look and fabric. Very, very nice!

  5. Great bag!! I was intrigued by this pattern when I first saw it !

  6. Your black and white version is very chic! You have a lucky friend!

  7. I totally love this bag!! I am in dire need of a new bag. This just might be it! Beautiful work once again, Amy!!

  8. This bag is great and I love that "one piece" idea. And yes, I thought your bags were "professional" before but wow! those feet look great!!

  9. This bag is so sharp!! Love your fabrics, especially those polka dots!

  10. The bag is gorgeous Amy, I'm sure your friend will love it. Love the design and fabrics and your fantastic finishing!


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