I currently have two project bags, both with drawstrings. The first one I made (and my favourite till now) was with recycled fabric and supplies (yes, I’m cheap like that 😉). The fabric was my leather handbag bag, and it’s rather small. The second which is a tad bigger has been looking the worse for wear for sometime now, and never leaves home. That means I only have a smallish bag to carry my knitting around it. They were adequate when I first started knitting, but it’s now time for a spanking new bag.
As someone who knits on the go, I wanted a much bigger project bag that can take a whole jumper, if need be, with inner pockets, and no zip closure so as so be able to knit while on the move. So I started looking online for inspiration, and finally narrowed my choice to a tote bag, without a zip.
Outer Bag Fabric: 100% cotton; plain red and patterned canvas from Fabric Time and myfabric.co.uk respectively.
Outer Bag Interfacing – Vilene G700 woven interfacing for the patterned canvas and Decovil Light for stabilising. I didn’t interface the red canvas because it’s a slightly heavier fabric than the patterned canvas.
Lining Fabric – 100% cotton from MinervaCrafts.
Lining Interfacing – Vilene H630 (I think this is the equivalent of fusible fleece) for main lining, G700 woven interlining for pocket, and Decovil I Light to give some structure.
Supplies – all purpose thread, snaps, eyelets, invisible magnetic clasp, polypropylene webbing, zip for outer pocket, plastic mesh from Fabric Time for bag bottom.
I didn’t have a pattern, but I based mine loosely on this Debbie Shore’s YouTube tutorial with my own measurements. I liked the idea of separate panels instead of boxed corners and it enabled me use a different fabric for the two narrower sides and bottom. In all, there are five pieces.
For the handles, I stitched together two 25″ long polypropylene webbings together to get more sturdier handles as this is a big’ish’ tote. I was going to cover them with fabric to make the handles, but decided against it because I think the streets of London need some colour 😊.
I decided not to use bag feet, so I’ve just hand-stitched the plastic bag bottom to the seam allowance. As before, I’m inserting Decovil Light in-between the main bag and lining before stitching both at the top, and I’ve tacked them together at intervals so they can stay in place inside the bag.
Instead of a zip for closure, I stitched invisible magnetic clasps to the interfaced side of the lining so they’ll just snap together to close the bag. These are encased in vinyl I believe and stitched around the four sides.
And I fixed three eyelets for easy yarn management should I happen to be knitting colourwork projects.
That’s all for now. I should have a finished bag ready for my Rowan’s Orkney in the not too distant future.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.