Phew! I finished these just in time for the Style Stitches Monthly Bag Challenge.
This month was dedicated to the Origami Bag Set, project 3 in the book, Amy Butler's Style Stitches. It is a set of 6 bags, from extra small to extra large.
Happily, I was able to find some fabrics (and zippers!) in my stash for the project, though only one of them was a home dec fabric; the rest were quilting-weight cottons. Even though the majority of the bags were made from the lighter-weight material, I think they all turned out just fine-- they are still plenty sturdy and hold their shape well.
The pattern itself was pretty simple. I'll admit though, there was some serious head scratching going on as I made my first bag. The pattern instructions are minimally illustrated, and it was difficult to visualize exactly what was supposed to be happening at each step. Steps 4 and 6 (the zipper installation and attaching the exterior and lining panels, respectively) were the most befuddling for me. But, with careful reading and the assistance of JemJam's sew along (with pictures-- yay!!!), I got through it fine. Subsequent bags were much quicker to go together.
The pattern includes a nice variety of sizes (here they are nested all nicely together). I only have a plan for one bag so far, but I'm sure I'll find a purpose for the others soon enough. I can also easily envision making a few of these for gifts in the future.