Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Zipping right along to a finish



I love this bag!

My Four Square Bag by Sweetwater is finished!

This is a great pattern, simple and fun.





  I did decide to change it up a bit and add a zipper at the top to keep my stuff from falling out.  I loved the look of the bag without the zipper, but that's just not too practical for me.

I didn't know how adding the zipper on my own would go, since I'd never added a zipper to anything that wasn't already in the pattern.

The catch was that this bag included a lining too, and I'm not sure I've ever put a lining and a zipper in the same bag, forget about figuring out how to do it myself!





It took a little sewing, then a little unsewing, but it really wasn't too difficult.  


From now on I'll be more open to customizing patterns a bit to make them work better for me. 

I guess that's an huge advantage to making it yourself!  Seems pretty obvious, but I tend to follow the pattern and not make many changes.  I'm glad I gave adding the zipper a try!  

Thanks for the encouraging comments when I was considering chickening out!




16 comments:

Izzy said...

You did an amazing job with the bag Michele! It's beautiful. And those flowers in the picture... I so can't wait for spring to get here! :-)

CeLynn said...

Great job on customizing the bag to suit you! Love it!

Needled Mom said...

It looks beautiful and much more practical with the zipper. Great job.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It turned out great!

Carrie P. said...

love it!

Joyful Quilter said...

Very Cute! I have a bad habit of changing up patterns - mine don't normally turn out as cute as yours.

p.s. LOVE your fabric choice.

Cheryl said...

What a great bag and you did a great job on the zipper!

Houseelf said...

Lovely work Michele! I think it is great that you are adapting something to make it more suitable for yourself.

Stephanie said...

Sometimes you have to make an unfamiliar pattern according to the directions to figure out just what you need/want to change. You did a great job and I love your fabric.

Terry said...

It's a beautiful bag! I love the color! :0)

Lynn said...

Hurray, you did it! See aren't you glad that you put the zipper in? The bag turned out really well, plus I love that fabric!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

You did great and it's an awesome looking bag!

Cindy said...

What a great bag - really like the fabrics you chose and the zipper looks wonderful. Great job!

Sinta Renee said...

Oh Michele, I am so glad you went forward with the change. It looks great.

Candace said...

So pretty, Michele! Great job on the zipper, too! The azaleas are gorgeous, too!
Cheers!

Linda said...

Super cute bag !!!