Today, I am excited to share with you a bag I tested and completed a few weeks ago. It is the Ellory Bag by Sarah Gido of Cozy Nest Designs and it is being released today.
My first step was deciding on fabric. This is always a fun part for me. Here is what I came up with from my stash. The flowered fabric would be the outside of the bag, the green fabric would be the lining and the faux leather would be the piping and the handles.
The pattern is clear and concise with lots of computer generated pictures that depict the steps so it is easy to see what you need to do. The pattern pieces all connect into one long sheet and then you cut the pieces out from that. There are suggested layout pictures for the fabrics with check boxes to mark when the piece has been cut. In fact, the check boxes go throughout all of the directions so that you can check off the steps after you complete them. It makes me feel like I am making progress when I mark them and it makes it very easy to find your place when you start sewing again after a break. I love all of that.
And, I love the look of this bag. It reminds me of a bowling bag and I like the shape of it. The Ellory Bag is a good sized bag. The finished size is 18" wide, 15" high and 4" deep.
There are three separate zipper openings on the top of this bag. One on each side and one in the middle. They lead to three separate compartments. The two zipper openings on the side are made with 4 separate 11" zippers, but I chose to use two 22" double zips instead.
This next picture shows the bag with all three openings open.
The bottom of the bag has bag feet which take a while to find because of the print of my bag.