Last week I tested a new bag pattern written by Clover & Violet, it is called the Cecelia Bag.
It is an intermediate bag pattern, and I would say that that is pretty accurate – although if you classify yourself as an intermediate quilter, you will be at a much better advantage than I was!
The only part I found really tricky to get looking good, was the binding around the top edge. I think I have mentioned before that I absolutely HATE binding – mainly because I am so bad at it 😛 – binding has become my sewing phobia…but after making the Cecilia bag, I am feeling a little bit more at ease with binding and I think with more practice I might even get good at it ;D
The pattern states that the Cecelia bag “is a multifunctional bag with lots of pockets to keep everything in its place. It has four exterior pockets, two pockets with elasticized tops, one large pocket with a magnetic closure, and one zipper pocket. The inside features a large divided pocket as well as a smaller slip pocket for a phone or keys. The bag has two short handles for easy carrying, as well as an adjustable, removable strap. Measures approximately 14” tall x 14” wide x 4 1⁄2” deep.”
I must say, I was quite excited when I discovered that the front elasticized pockets are big enough to hold my Necessary Clutch Wallet!
I am going to enjoy using this bag, as it has so many pockets! I mentioned I needed to make another nappy bag in another post recently, and until I find the time to, my new Cecelia bag is going to make a great bag to carry all my “mummy” things in 🙂
The pattern calls for 3 and a bit yards of 3 different types of fabric (apart form the 52 x 3″ squares that make up the patchwork panels), as you may notice, I have not stuck to this. To create my bag I used 7 (fat 1/4’s) 1 ( fat 1/8th) and 2 (25cm x WOF) pieces and a few purple solid scraps from my scrap bin. I am incredibly pleased with how this bag has ended up looking 🙂 (I was only slightly worried that it might look like scrap vomit – ha ha ha).
Jennie & Clara have provided a well written pattern with LOTS of pictures to look over it you get stuck.
I’m off to transfer all my things into my new Cecelia Bag 🙂 See you all later! Emma