I picked up the Fast and Fabulous Quilting Ideas Magazine a while back - talk about a lot of fun projects! I had been eyeing the Grab Bag pattern, among others. I mustered up some energy and inspiration, dug through the fabric stash, and finally made it!
This was a pretty fast sewing project - from cut to finish it took about three hours. The most difficult part was the very last step - folding and sewing the lining and outside fabric bits on the handles. Overall the directions and diagrams for the bag are extremely clear, except, of course, for the last step! I cheated, and used steam-a-seam to match everything up, because pinning was next to impossible. Just don't look too closely at the handles, okay?
Here is the bag prior to looping the handles together:
And a shot of the inside of the bag - there are pockets on both sides!
The only other change I made was to use a fusible craft fleece interfacing instead of a non-fusible quilt batting just because it is what I had in the stash. The thickness of the fleece definitely had it's challenges by adding bulk to the seams - but in the end, the body and stability it adds to the bag is fantastic. I would recommend using a thicker craft fleece to anyone who will be making this bag.
This is a little gift for someone special. It will be heading out in the mail next week :)