October 4, 2015

The Epiphany Bag from Chris W Designs






I'm in love...with the new bag pattern from Chris W Designs, The Epiphany Bag.  I was so excited to test this bag because I love Chris W Designs patterns.  They are so detailed and easy to follow with so many pictures of all of the steps.  Best of all, they produce bags that are so professional looking.  I loved this one so much, I decided to make two of them with the colorway reversed on them.  Here they are.




You can't see the handles here, and I didn't include the optional second adjustible strap that is removable with the addition of grommets and a gate ring on the sides of the bag.  There are so many possibilities with this bag. As you can see, there is a slip pocket on the front.  There is a zippered pocket on the back.





The top of the bag has a zipper closure.  And I love the inside.  As some of the testers discussed, this lining fits perfectly without having to make any adjustments.  There are two slip pockets and one larger pleated pocket (for sunglasses, etc.) on the inside.  You can also add an optional zippered pocket on the other side of the interior.  I added it on the blue bag but not the red one.


I wanted to show the side view, too.   The gussett gets larger the further down you go.  This makes this bag nice and roomy.  It is the perfect size.  It measures 14" W x 11" H x 5.25" D.


For the blue bag, I used quilting cottons for all of my fabrics.  I used Pellon SF101 and Thermolam as my interfacings and fleece.  I used Pellon flex foam and Vilene Decovil 1 (from Germany) on the inside.
For the red bag, I used faux leather and quilting cottons.  Even though I have a semi-industrial machine, the faux leather was too thick on the strap tabs so I used a top layer of faux leather and a bottom layer of quilting cotton and it was just barely thin enough to sew through.

I know you will love this bag.  You can get the pattern here.







12 comments:

  1. Love your red bag, and the lining! WHooee.

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. I love that lining, too, but I only have a little left now. I need to be very stingy.

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  2. Both are fabulous, but I especially love that red one! I think that little peek of fabric out of the strap tabs is kinda cool, too. And that lining does look like it sits in there very nicely.

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    1. Thanks, Candy. There is just something about a red bag.

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  3. Gorgeous! They are both great but the red one is striking. The use of faux leather makes it look so very professional. And the lining is a fun surprise. Is the bottom on the red one also the solid faux leather? I've been trying to come up with some other fabric to make a second one and this arrangement might help. When I made my first Epiphany I used a thick fabric and I bent a needle on my semi industrial sewing machine. I left the top portions out of the rivets on the strap tabs. Next time if I use a thick fabric I will just make the strap tabs double instead of folding the fabric four times. You make great bag!

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    1. Thanks, Norma. Yes, I used the red faux leather on the bottom and added bag feet. I think I like the combination of fabrics better this way than what the pattern shows (like the blue bag).

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  4. I love both bags but the red one is sheer elegance! Enjoyed your blog, still need to write mine.

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  5. I love both bags but the red one is sheer elegance! Enjoyed your blog, still need to write mine.

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    1. Thanks, Judith. Your bag was beautiful, too, and just right for fall.

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  6. They are both beautiful but I think the red pleather is just that bit more special.

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