Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hipster Prototype

In about 11 weeks, I'm going to be running another one of those crazy 200 mile relay races (from Chattanooga to Nashville, Tennessee). It's tradition that I make a little "something" for my team mates. In the past it has always been little demin zippered pouches with the race logo on them, but I wanted to try something a little bit (but not too much) different this time. (Here is what the first ones looked like --- don't think I ever blogged about the 2nd batch, but they were way cuter... whoops!)   I thought a small over-the-shoulder hipster bag would be nice, but I couldn't find a pattern or tutorial that was quite what I wanted. What's a sew-er to do? Make my own, of course!

I didn't want to waste any "good" fabric, so I used some home decor weight blah green, which was left over from lining my dining room curtains about 10 years ago. I'm not even sure where the green print came from. I used zippers I didn't love and didn't make the strap adjustable on this one (why waste good hardware on a bag I won't use, right?). I made it up as I went along and only had to rip one seam. Much to my surprise, it came out exactly how I envisioned it. Woo hoo! Or course, that "woo hoo" is followed by a big fat "darn!" becuase now I wish I'd made it prettier. It functions perfectly but it's just to stinkin' ugly! Oh well... things could worse.

It measures 7" tall, is 6" across the bottom, 8" across the top and is 2" deep. It has a fully lined outside zipper pocket (perfect size for my phone), a fully lined main compartment and a dropped-zipper in the top.

On the "real" version, I plan to make the strap adjustable and add an inside pocket. The outside will also be prettier. I can see these with so many color combinations, with embellishments, patchwork... the choices are endless!

I took notes as I went, I just need to get them written up in a little more organized way, so I actually understand what all my chicken scratch means when I am ready to make the next one. Who am I kidding, I'm ready NOW!!!! Alas, the repair shop called to say my Viking is ready for pick-up, so I have to figure out what to do next.
Finish quilting this?
Start quilting this?
(Yup, WIPs live with Legos in my house.... that's how we roll around here!)
Do SOMEthing with these?

Write myself a pattern for this new bag.... make more of these new bags?

Decisions, decisions...

~*~ May your day be full of Love and Ladybug Hugs ~*~

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Kat ~


  1. That's a very cute ugly bag! How many do you need to make? Have fun, and good luck on your run. I probably couldn't run 200 steps. . .

  2. I can see the bags being a real treat for your team, and again, a relay for you. Do you share the pattern, it's a super one, Cold wind here, gales yesterday, and lots of snow about 2 hours away, fire is burning brightly. Hugs,Jean.

  3. Hi Kat,
    The bag looks great, even though you made it from tester fabric. Perhaps an embellishment or two? Definitely a repeater.
    Pugs and kisses,

  4. LOVE the bag, wow!! Come in to business with me making bags, I've been setting up my Folksy shop today :)


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