I've been making myself this bag over and over again ever since I came across the pattern at the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association show years ago. It's the Diva Essential Designer Bag by Thumbuddy Special.
|Sorry about the sunburst - the pattern envelope is kind of shiny|
|Here's a shot of the big key pocket|
|Here's the sunglasses/water bottle pocket|
|Insides with multi-pockets. The cell phone pocket is on the right.|
Here's my favorite thing of all though:
|You can sling a strap over each shoulder and carry it like a backpack|
I generally make this bag from upholstery fabric. Hart's has a bunch of tables with remnants of upholstery fabric for $7.99 a yard (yumm, the color, the texture... love it). This time I went for a sturdy cotton and used some medium-weight iron-on interfacing to give the main body of the bag some structure. I'm hoping it will carry me through to next summer.
I find these bags last about a year before they're trashed. Usually the zipper is the weak link, or the magnetic snap comes unglued. And after being tossed around the a football and carrying who knows how many tons of crap around town, even an upholstery-weight fabric will show its age.
But by that time I'm ready to haul out my pattern and make up a new one. I think of it as a chance for "iterative enhancement." By now I've got my pocket placement almost perfect.
My review is on PatternReview.com here.
* You know why men don't carry purses? Because their wives and girlfriends do.