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Fabric: Etsuko Furuya Echino
Inspiration: Amy Butler Patchwork Bag from In Stitches
New Tech/Modifications: I did the bag in all one fabric instead of doing the patchwork Cost: Approximately $15.00
Enjoyment Factor:
8

The Good:

  • I love this fabric! I have been eyeing various Etsuko fabrics and didn’t want to buy them due to the growing stash and expense, cause this fabric aighn’t cheap.
  • I love the way I was able to almost perfectly match the bird on the top of the bag.

  • The instructions were fabulous. I have to give it to Amy Butler, she does a wonderful job with instructions.
  • I found the internal fabric at IKEA. There was a silky pillowcase in the “as is” section that matched the color perfectly. In addition to using nearly every scrap of this fabric, I also recycled the zipper for a future matching zip bag for my notions.

  • I like the durable feeling of the bag. The home decor weight fabric along with the quilting makes this thing feel really professional. Especially the little stop tab at the end

  • This bag works well for it’s intended purpose as a medium size knitting bag. The final straw was when someone mistook my white Apple shopping bag for a diaper and nearly threw it away. It fits about two medium size projects and a few notions. Because of the zipper it also adds some good resistance when you need to pull the yarn out of the bag. By the way, that is the left front of the Butterfly sweater making a guest appearance.

  • It also makes a good home for my knitting charm, given to me by a very crafty friend. It makes a wonderful zipper pull.

The Bad:

  • This thing required a lot of strategic cutting because I only had 3/4 yards of fabric instead of the 1 yard specified AND I only wanted to use one fabric instead of the patchwork, so I had to really plan it so that I had enough.
  • I had limited inside fabric from the pillow case. I actually ran out and had to back the bottom cardboard stabilizer piece with a different fabric, but you would never know.
  • The slip stitching in the lining. Once again this was just a time suck for me. When I am this close to completion having to move this slow was killing me. But it did come out nicely.

The Ugly:

  • There is just one corner of the bag that I wish had gone better. You would never know it unless I told you so I won’t 🙂
  • I love the Etsuko Fabrics and want yards and yards of the all. But the cost is way over my current fabric stashing budget. Don’t get me wrong. It is well worth it to get such a wonderful home decor weight fabric, but at $18+ dollars a yard, you have to plan carefully.

Sewing Time: 10 hours over 2 days

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