I finally finished my bag for The Goodie Bag Swap! *whew* I have never cut it so close in a swap before. I had plans on getting it done last week, but after my after my wrist got hurt I took some time off sewing. Luckily, it is healing really well, although it still hurts to move it in some directions. Then we had a big family reunion this weekend, but we got home yesterday afternoon, the baby napped, and I put this bag together lickety split.
I did switch it up a bit from my first version. I realized my first was way too tall and took off about two and half inches for this one. I made the adjustable strap two sided to add some more contrast, and I lengthened the tabs on the side of the bag, so that they went all the way down the side.
The overall construction of this bag is very simple, so I tried to add lots of fun details. I used (fake) leather for the bottom. I added rivets to both the long and short straps. My mom got me this fun tool called the Crop-a-dile for my birthday which made putting in the rivets much easier. It is supposed to work for snaps and eyelets as well! I also added some teal piping to the top edge, which I think adds just the right amount of color.
For the shorter handles I used some leather straps. I found that on the first version I made of this that I use the shorter straps almost just as much as I use the longer adjustable strap. It really is convenient to just grab the shorter handles when you are jumping out of the car and use the longer strap for when I am carrying it around for a long period.
On the inside I put in a zipper pocket, a large outer pocket, a magnetic snap, and a key fob. Both the outside and inside fabrics are some of my favorites from Anna Maria Horner's home dec line, Drawing Room. Here is hoping this bag is what my partner wanted!