Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Little French Fun..., not that kind of fun  (hélas !)

As usual I find fun fabrics and I want to make bags - and especially a sleeve for my recently acquired iPad.  I know it will be kind of corny to tote my belongings around France in French themed carry-alls but darn it, I just couldn't resist!

The tote bag I made to be heavy-duty tote worthy.  It is canvas with webbing straps that wrap all the way around.  I'm not crazy about tote patterns I see that have the straps just sewn along the top edge of the bag.  I put books in mine and I need it to be sturdy.  This one won't sag not matter what I put in it.  The printed duck fabric I got at Hobby Lobby and I wanted to buy about nine yards of it just because it was so cool, but I know better (ask me how I know).

My Rocketeer did the deco stitching along the top just because it is so fun to do it.  I'm either weird or I'm just getting old, but I think it is awesome to fire up my 1962 Singer 503, pop in a top hat cam (which one to pick?) and add a funky little design element to my project.  You guys can have your computerized Whatchamacallits that do 10,000 different stitches at the touch of your finger on a digital panel.  Me, I like the mechanical.  :)

The lining is the icing on the cake - even if I did put the fleurs-de-lis upside down!

And my iPad Air will travel in fine French style as well.

I'm not a quilter in any way, shape or form, but I did a kind of ad-lib piecing here (and fused it to fusible fleece) and it turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.  I think the main fabric has kind of a steampunk flavor to it, which is apropos since I'll be attending Université de Picardie Jules Verne in France in September.  (If I had the time, which I don't, I'd totally be into steampunk and making costumes and going to the Cons.)