My frustration started in the cutting phase. There is no layout for cutting pieces so you really have to be careful that you get your fabric going in the right direction!
I added a long strap to the bag because I know that with a baby and a toddler I will not have a free hand to actually hold a bag! I probably shouldn't have even put the small handles on there, but I had already cut them before I thought of the long strap so I added them.
The interior is a laminate for easy cleanup. I was drawn to this bag because of all the elastic pockets inside. They should be really helpful. The laminate was pretty easy to work with. I used my walking foot for most of it which really helped ease the fabric through the machine.
So why do I say I *think* it's finished? Take a closer look.
I think that is the worst stitching I've ever done on anything!! The problem? That divider. If I were to do it again, I would make the divider shorter. The divider has Peltex in it so it is nice and firm. But for some reason mine seems to be taller than the bag! I'm not sure if you can tell in these photos.
When you put the lining into the exterior you are supposed to edge stitch around the top of the bag and over the divider. Since the divider was taller than the bag, this wasn't possible. And I was stitching from the inside of the bag (since that was the only way I could get it to fit in my machine) I couldn't see how wonky my stitching was.
Then you are to stitch an inch from that to secure it. Because of that giant solid divider, it's really hard to navigate this thing in the machine. I went as slow and carefully as I could and I still got this crappy wobbly stitching. argh!
Here's the other side which is just as bad.
So I haven't decided yet what to do with this. I might pull it and hand stitch it? Though I worry about that being strong enough. I may just decide to live with it. I'm open to any suggestions you might have!
And since I just recently finished the Weekender Bag, a couple people were asking how this one compared. I'm going to say this was right up there with it. This was labeled difficulty of 4, I would probably rank Weekender as 4.5! All the dividers and pockets made it a bit of a challenge.
I'm linking this to Sew Modern Monday.