I have a new addiction. Pattern books. I love them.
One of my newest books is Sew What You Love: The Easiest, Prettiest Projects Ever. It has some really great, basic patterns including this Amelie bag.
I have been wanting to make a pool bag to carry Fe’s things to and from swim team everyday (goggles, cap, fins, sunscreen, snacks, and a few toys for entertaining Nash). This bag is the perfect size for that and a very quick sew. It isn’t big enough to hold towels for the whole fam, but I’m okay with that (especially since I made the kids towel robes that they can throw on instead of have me carry…I’ll post pics soon…I’m soo behind on my blogging…ahhhh).
Anyway, I also wanted the bag to be waterproof, so I made the entire bag with laminated cotton. I love that I can set it on the ground and put her wet things in the bag after practice and not worry about the bag getting soaked. The outside of the bag is made with Anna Maria Horner’s LouLouthi Summer Totem Tart that I bought pre-laminated. The lining is Anna Maria Horner’s Mixed Signals and I laminated it myself using Heat’n Bond Iron-On Vinyl.
Using laminated cotton made the project a little more of a pain, but only because turning laminated cotton is pretty labor intensive and the straps and bag both need to be turned. Sewing laminated cotton, however, is a breeze if you cover the bottom of your presser foot with matte scotch tape. Try it. It’s amazing.
To install the magnetic snap I followed this tutorial and had no problems.