Inspiration hit and nothing could be done- the world had to stop until I got it made. I made some sketches and got to work. And the longer I worked at it the more excited I became. I nicknamed it the "Epic Bag" in some of my Instagram progress pictures, and I think the name has stuck. Because this bag is epic, dudes. It has all the elements I love- wonky patchwork. Bits and pieces of some favorite fabrics. Little details. Fussy cutting. Hand stitching. Great color mixed with fun low volume fabrics. Hardware and zippers. Function. And I think after years of frustration, I finally used the perfect amount of interfacing! I am so pleased with myself (can you tell?).
The front panel was inspired by a flying geese block tutorial by Hyacinth Quilt Designs found here. On the back, I added some random flying geese as well, and some fun hand stitching with Perle cotton.
A detail shot of the hardware tabs for the cross-body strap and some of the patchwork and random hand stitching for you!
I even used some favorite fabrics for lining. Heather Ross pin people in the front zippered pocket....
...and some precious Anna Maria Horner Good Folks for my inner lining. The interior has two rows of slip pockets and another zippered one as well. I should have no excuses not to be organized!
The top of the bag has an inset zipper as well to close it securely.
Two sets of straps, so that it may be worn cross body like so, with the top folding over (cute, eh?)....
....or slung over my forearm.
I am thinking that I might draw up a pattern of this is there is any interest?? What do you think?