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The pattern calls for pre-quilted fabric, since we don’t carry any pre-quilted fabric, I decided, with all the Batiks we carry, I’d be crazy to go buy fabric somewhere else, why not make my own? I got double the amount the pattern stated, one color for the outer fabric Autumn Blossom-Sunset 5292 and Plumage-Kestral 4475 for the inner fabric. I then used our Fusible batting and just ironed the pieces together, cut out the amount needed for the body and did a very simple quilting design on it.
Purchasing already pre-quilted fabric, may have less thickness, making the whole process slightly easier to sew through. But, with a little extra work over the thickest parts this produced beautiful results. I did the French Seam technique for the side seams, I think working with the pre-quilted fabric this made the side seams a little too thick, but they look nice and finished. I love the handles in this pattern, they are easy, sturdy and give great support to the bag including the bottom
This pattern was so quick and easy, the possibilities are endless for making many more as a quick gift, with changes in fabric, adding various pocket combinations. This pattern could almost be reversible, except the handles would come from the inside. I have not finished the accessory items yet, but I love the idea of everything matching, it makes me feel organized!