I loved it so much I decided to give it another go while fresh in my head adding a few tweaks of my own.
Again using fabric and zips from my stash, I wanted to use a chunkier plastic zip and -for that sporty feel – a chevron pattern waterproof canvas (bought on Etsy long ago!). I also wanted to try and include a handle instead of two tabs either side of the bag for practicality.
I started out trying to be clever and used one whole piece for the lining and outer fabric but became unstuck when realising it became too tricky to sew a) the zip on the second part and b) top stitching the zip on both sides, so succumbed to cutting the fabrics in two in the end.
I also used a chunkier cotton thread with a long stitch setting to enable the thickness of the fabric to ease through the machine along with a denim needle (just in case). This time I did use iron-on interfacing even though the waterproof fabric was heavyweight to give it a more boxier feel, however I didn’t use the walking foot as the thickness of the canvas actually helped here.
I extended the length of one of the tabs to about 6 inches or 15cm (the tutorial is in inches) to create a handle. When sewing this in, instead of like the the tab being sewn on top of the zip, I placed the two handle ends (with the loop on the inside) either side of the zip which worked great and avoided being messed up when putting the corners in! Also make sure your outer facing fabric on your handle is right sides together to make sure it faces up when turned right side out (I got this right first time – woo!).
As I said in the previous blog I found the tutorial really easy and finished this under 2 hours – is that bad or good?!