Monday, November 11, 2013

Purse Palooza ~ OSU Beaver Aragon Bag

Sew Sweetness
Well, friends, today is the last day to enter a bag for Purse Palooza 2013.  I finally finished a bag on my gift-sewing list today, the OSU Beaver Aragon bag. 
This bag is made using the Sew Sweetness Aragon pattern found here.  The fabrics are a black twill and Oregon State printed quilter's cotton.  This pattern calls for Annie's Soft & Stable, but I substituted auto headliner fabric, as it is cheaper and what I had in my stash.  I also substituted a med-weight fusible interfacing for the Pellon Shape-Flex, since I'm sewing from my stash and 3 hrs from a fabric store! 

This is  a large shoulder bag and will be gifted as a diaper bag to my Oregon State-loving cousin.  It measures approx. 12" tall x 16" wide x 5.5" deep at the base with oodles of pockets!  The outside features a zip pocket on the back side and two elasticized side pockets. I added black piping around the front main panels for extra detail and changed the magnetic snap to a swivel closure. The inside features a large double-pocket with top elastic, two side elasticized pockets and another large zippered pocket.  I also added a key holder.  The top closure is a large sport zipper.  I omitted the back zipper flap as I wanted to show-off the orange zipper and contrasting pocket fabric.

Sara's instructions for bag construction were good, as always.  I did struggle with putting this one together, though.  Instead of constructing inner & outer bags and sewing them together, this one is constructed with an inside exposed seam, then the inside seam is hidden with bias tape.  It was a challenge attaching the bias tape to such a large seam, but I slowly got it done.  The bias finish is not as neat as I prefer, but it is mostly hidden in the bag corners. 
I hope Rachelle and baby Jackson enjoy this bag.  I am happy with the results.  I didn't want the orange camo print to be overwhelming and think I accomplished this.  Check out all the beautiful bags entered into Purse Palooza 2013 at Sew Sweetness here.