Keyka Lou Pattern
Multi Pocket Bag
I was given a pattern for a Keyka Lou multi pocket bag (thank you K. x), which looked fairly easy. I thought it would only take an hour and be ready for a friend's birthday tomorrow. How wrong can you be? The pattern is called "Lots Of Pockets Tote" and can be found at Michelle Patterns. It sure has lots of pockets - each as fiddly as the last!
|The pattern and fabrics|
After finding some pretty fabrics from my stash I settled on these lovely Japanese prints by Echino.
|This is to be the lining/pockets/flap|
The materials needed were -
3/4 yard exterior fabric
3/4 yard lining fabric
1 yard fuseable interfacing
Magnetic snap or button
|Trying to make sense of the pieces!|
I then had to cut twenty one fiddly pieces and try and make sense of them all, which could have been much easier if I had carefully chosen the fabrics and not used some of the lining fabric for the pockets and tab and handles. A thinner, more distinct lining fabric would also have worked much better. I also had no fuseable stiffener and choose a rather thick wadding, which made for difficulties when sewing the bag together. I also had no magnetic catch so decided to use a button and a buttonhole. After the second attempt at a buttonhole and a second waste of pretty fabric (I am really rubbish at buttonholes even with my friend Janome!) I decided to use a snap closure instead and put a pretty button on the outside. Ah! well - I shall know next time.
|The cut fabric|
|The first pocket went well|
|The second pocket also went well|
|The lining fabric looked great|
|After a bit of a struggle it began to look like a bag|
|Now for the mammoth sew|
|Beginning to go together|
Do you like the button?
|Working on the pockets in the colourful interior|
|An almost finished bag - needs some tidying up and the button/clasp sewn on|
|Pansy from The Button Lady|
I must just give you a closer glimpse of the button. Isn't it cute? It came from The Button Lady whose amazing buttons I just cannot resist.