I made another Dot Dot Dash Bag over the weekend. This bag is heading off to the Minnesota State Fair. My friend Roseann of Rosebud's Cottage, has a booth for her quilt shop there, and among all the fabric and kits, she will also be selling my new printed patterns! I printed 6 of my most popular bag patterns, and Dot Dot Dash was one of them.
For the exterior of the bag, I used a Timeless Treasures fabric by Samarra Khaja. I picked up this fabric while I was in Seattle this past April. I really fell in love with this fabric because of the bold graphic print, so I bought it to make a special bag for me to use for myself. Hopefully when this bag returns to me sometime this fall, it will get a lot of use. :)
I spent about 30 minutes just fussy cutting the fabrics for the front of the bag. Since I didn't want the animals' heads and bodies to get cut off in the seam allowance while sewing to the zippers, I did not cut the 4 rectangular cuts right on top of each other. Instead, I worked with one rectangle, found the exact repeat somewhere else on the fabric, then moved the rectangle down 1/2". I then cut my next rectangle starting at that line. Thankfully, with my 1 yard of fabric, I ended up having enough.
For the lining and inside of the front zippered pockets, I used Michael Miller Mirror Ball Dots that I got from Westwood Acres for Christmas last year. The top/lining fabric is the Luna colorway. I have to admit that the zipper colors/pocket colors were a complete accident. I chose 3 zipper colors, and days before I had cut the Mirror Ball for the pockets in those 3 particular colors, not even making the connection. I didn't realize until I started sewing the front of the bag that the zippers matched the Mirror Ball fabric. Apparently I am off in la-la land.
And here's the back of the bag! I used a text fabric for the accent pieces on the bottom corners of the bag (I can't remember which text fabric, as I have a big stack of text in my stash, but I do know this one was fabric-related).
If you're in Minnesota, hope you'll check out Roseann's booth at the fair this month!