Monday, February 28, 2011

Style Stitches Monthly Bag Challenge: The Reversible Everyday Shopper

I finally got a little time in the sewing room this weekend. Woo hoo! The project on deck: the Reversible Everyday Shopper from Amy Butler's Style Stitches. It is the February bag for JemJam's Style Stitches challenge.

It is a happy robot bag!

Reversible Everyday Shopper, outside views
This is the outside view, front and back.

I just love the canvas robot fabric. It is awesome. And its heavier weight works really well for the bag. The pattern actually calls for two decorator-weight fabrics. But when I bought the robot fabric, the coordinates I picked were quilting-weight. I decided to use both of them anyway. I didn't have much of the stripe, so it is just used as an accent. For everything else, I used the number print. Numbers just seemed appropriate for robots (though I suppose if I wanted to be really cool, I would have found one with just 0s and 1s).

Reversible Everyday Shopper, inside views
And here's the reverse side.

I did make a couple of changes to the design (in order to incorporate more of the 3rd print), including a small pocket on the inside of the bag and adding contrast bands to the the big pockets.

The instructions for this bag were clear and concise. I think it definitely fits the "easy" rating ascribed to it in the book. If not for the massive time-sink involved in applying interfacing to every single piece, it would be a pretty quick project. But because I used quilting-weight cotton for some the bag, I definitely felt like that was a step I couldn't skip.

Like the Cosmo bag, this one is HUGE. But I think it is going to make an excellent library book bag.

Big Bear with big bag
Bonus: Big Bear likes it too!


  1. Big Bear is so adorable!!
    Of course the bag is too but once you see your boy you forget everything else.

  2. I love that robot fabric too! a while ago, I bought a camera strap made from that fabric and it's awesome!

  3. lol, I love the picture of him and the bag!

  4. Great bag. It looks like it would hold quilts too that you could take to show and tell at your guild.
    Big Bear is growing.