I purchased the Brooke Bag pattern from Marie-Madeline Studio and made this bag for Gran, Dan’s grandmother.
Like most of the quilts I make, this entire bag was made from scrap fabric. Because it was made from scraps rather than new fabric, it has a story to tell.
The purple fabric came from one of Pop’s shirts. Pop is Gran’s late husband.
The small flower print fabric came from Jo of Blissed Out.
The large flower print was gifted to me by my MIL, leftovers from the quilt she made for Dan and me.
The plain white fabric was an old sheet I used before I bought my beloved water bed.
This bag was a joy to make. I won’t be even the least bit upset if Gran never uses it. Watching the bag come together was all the entertainment I needed.
I did make a few changes to Marie-Madeline’s pattern.
The pattern called for one piece of fabric for the backside of the bag. I thought it would be much more fun to have both sides made from patches of fabric. I also purposely used different layouts on each side of the bag to keep things interesting.
I used denim for the lining rather than the recommended medium-weight cotton. I also adhered interfacing to the bag straps. If I am going to spend several days sewing a bag together, I’m going to take the time to make it durable. Surely a lot of people are like me; they expect a bag to be able to handle the daily abuses of being dropped on the floor, dragged hither and yon, and banged into goodness knows what. I’m not a big fan of bags that are only good for decoration.
Other than those few small changes, I followed the pattern to a ‘t’. The instructions were well laid out and very easy to understand.