|First Side Panel|
I really really love the QAYG method, it is so much fun. I really enjoy the creative improv process of just building something as you go along, as opposed to following a set pattern.
|Second Side Panel|
I finished the panels Saturday just before my son returned from his adventure with his Dad. I couldn't believe that it took me so long to make these two panels, since I don't get a ton of time to sew, I always feel so rushed to try and get as much done as possible. But then I reflected on how much fun I had, and decided not to stress about productivity.
I was determined to finish the bad that evening. And since I was sewing late into the night (after taking the evening to spend with my son), I sewed the straps in backwards (with the webbing facing in not out), so I had to redo that. After I did it a second time, I decided that I had also placed the straps too wide. But I just didn't have the energy to redo a third time, so lesson learned for next time.
|Tote Bag in Action|
I didn't use a pattern. Just measured the bag we were using and used those measurements as a guide. As far as construction went, I cut one long piece for the lining, and then sewed the sides right side together. Then when putting the bag together I stitched around the top right sides together and left a space for turning in the lining - AT THE TOP!! Bad idea. It was really hard to make that top whole look right when I topstiched around the top cause the QAYG panels were so thick. So next time I will cut two pieces for the lining and leave a space for turning on the bottom!!
|My Adorable, But Not Smiling Model|
But all in all we are all super happy with the tote bag that I made in one day! Especially my hubby, who uses it the most. I'm already plotting another one!