This book was one of my favorite Christmas gifts this year:
Amy Butler's Style Stitches- an entire book of bags, totes, purses, clutches... with patterns and easy instructions for each one! I so want to make them all. I love making bags.
Here is my first project from the book:
The Cosmo bag!
Isn't it gorgeous??!
I used all Amy Butler fabrics because it just seemed appropriate. Also I love them.
This bag used a fair amount of home deco weight fabrics plus tons of interfacing (6 1/4 yds!) so it wasn't terribly cheap to make. But I love it. And it was so.much.fun!
It has pretty little pleats on the front and back, and a button closure.
Outer side pockets...
lined in the cute accent fabric.
And the huge inside, complete with four enormous pockets!
Here is the back, pleated to match the front.
I made this bag hoping to use it as a large purse/diaper bag but didn't realize just how big it would be!
Here it is next to my existing Oioi diaper bag, which is a pretty big bag already. It's really more of an overnight bag or big shopping bag. But I am using it anyway because I love it!
And of course, I had to make a matching gathered clutch with the leftover fabric. These are so fun to make.
It makes the perfect little wallet for my cards and (rare) cash, plus room for a lipgloss!
I think I'll try these next. A whole set of little zippered bags- 6 different sizes! I could find so many uses for them... :)