Friday, 9 January 2015

The Cecelia Bag - A pattern by Clover & Violet

Hi everyone

Last week I tested a new bag pattern written by Clover & Violet, it is called the Cecelia Bag.

It is an intermediate bag pattern, and I would say that that is pretty accurate - although if you classify yourself as an intermediate quilter, you will be at a much better advantage than I was!

Front                                                 Back

The only part I found really tricky to get looking good, was the binding around the top edge.  I think I have mentioned before that I absolutely HATE binding - mainly because I am so bad at it :P - binding has become my sewing phobia...but after making the Cecilia bag, I am feeling a little bit more at ease with binding and I think with more practice I might even get good at it ;D

The pattern states that the Cecelia bag "is a multifunctional bag with lots of pockets to keep everything in its place. It has four exterior pockets, two pockets with elasticized tops, one large pocket with a magnetic closure, and one zipper pocket. The inside features a large divided pocket as well as a smaller slip pocket for a phone or keys. The bag has two short handles for easy carrying, as well as an adjustable, removable strap. Measures approximately 14” tall x 14” wide x 4 1⁄2” deep."

I must say, I was quite excited when I discovered that the front elasticized pockets are big enough to hold my Necessary Clutch Wallet!

I am going to enjoy using this bag, as it has so many pockets!  I mentioned I needed to make another nappy bag in another post recently, and until I find the time to, my new Cecelia bag is going to make a great bag to carry all my "mummy" things in :)

The pattern calls for 3 and a bit yards of 3 different types of fabric (apart form the 52 x 3" squares that make up the patchwork panels), as you may notice, I have not stuck to this.  To create my bag I used 7 (fat 1/4's) 1 ( fat 1/8th) and 2 (25cm x WOF) pieces and a few purple solid scraps from my scrap bin. I am incredibly pleased with how this bag has ended up looking :)  (I was only slightly worried that it might look like scrap vomit - ha ha ha).

Jennie & Clara have provided a well written pattern with LOTS of pictures to look over it you get stuck.

I'm off to transfer all my things into my new Cecelia Bag :)
See you all later!

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