PPC21: Gold Rush Time


in our last post I showed you the first bag I’ve ever made in faux leather. And even though it turned out beautiful, and it’s without a doubt one of my favorite bags ever, it was quite challenging at times, so for this round I decided to return to the safety of quilter’s cotton!

I picked up this fabric, in the form of a couple of fat quarters at the Quilt Market in Houston last Fall, and from the moment I saw it I felt like it had “Cover Bag” written all over it.
In my mind I saw it paired with this “reverse” print and was totally stoked at how it might turn out when it was combined with our amazing GOLD zips!
But almost immediately upon returning home, I realized this look wasn’t going to be very easy to accomplish! Fist of all, I couldn’t find any lightweight nylon webbing in any other color than BLACK, when when paired with these fabrics would be…. YUCK!!!
Eventually I had to give up the search and settle for this khaki colored webbing which is a decent enough color for this fabric and zips except that instead of lightweight webbing, it’s HEAVY weight webbing! And let me tell you, it was TOUGH STUFF sewing thru a double layer of that plus fabric! And just so you know…. I do NOT recommend this!

So in closing, here’s a closeup shot of the zippered entry to the back pocket… which is full-height and full-width and plenty big enough for a Kindle or a small tablet.

And now…. it’s YOUR turn!

So when was the last time you made something that just didn’t turn out the way you imagined that it would? I’m sure we’d ALL love to hear about it! … And remember, we love reading your comments and answering your questions too, so please feel free to leave either or both in the space provided below.

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  1. Kay M on May 7, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Just gorgeous!

  2. Beth on May 7, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Except for the weight of the strap, I think your purse turned out beautifully! The gold zips really set off the fabric.

    • Kat on May 8, 2020 at 6:20 am

      Thanks Beth. The extra heft of this webbing did make the sewing REALLY tough! 🙂

  3. Marcia Elwood on May 8, 2020 at 9:29 am

    When will the pattern be available?

    • Kat on May 8, 2020 at 10:19 am

      Glad to hear you are interested in our new pattern! Hopefully within the next two weeks. Our Newsletter subscribers are always the first to be notified, so now would be a super time to sign up for that if you aren’t already on our list. 🙂

  4. Mary L on May 8, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    I wanted to make a Trifecta for my mom for her birthday last year. I had awesome fabric, ordered awesome zippers from Kat, and got to work. Alas, the fusible interfacing would NOT fuse to the fabric and did all kinds of weird things, instead. I got about half done and decided to chuck it because while it looked ok on the outside, it just bothered me that the insides were messed up and I really didn’t think it would hold up well. Things like that don’t happen often to me but when they do, they can be spectacular!

    • Kat on May 8, 2020 at 7:23 pm

      Rats! I bet that was real discouraging Mary! 🙁