The Bowl Me Over 2.0 bag is my September Island Batik Ambassador challenge. For this project, we got to choose a pattern from By Annie and the fabric we wanted to use.
I chose the pattern Bowl Me Over 2.0. This is a large handbag and the shape is reminiscent of a bowling bag. By Annie provided the pattern and all the hardware and other supplies needed to make the bag. Fabrics were provided by Island Batik.
I have never made a bag like this before, but everyone said that if I followed the steps one at a time, it would go together easily. This was true. There were a lot of pages of instructions, but they were very clear and well written.
The main fabric had to be quilted before cutting out the pieces. I used a walking foot to quilt with straight lines.
The fabrics I originally chose did not have enough contrast, but luckily I had lots of options from my Island Batik fabric collection. I chose a bright pink for the lining and turquoise for the trim. These matched the original fabric I chose better. The main fabric is a light print from the Butterfly Blooms collection.
The pieces were made individually and the front and back of the bag were made completely. This made it easy to line and add multiple pockets.
After the front and back of the bag were complete, the middle section with the zipper was added. The large zipper has two pulls, so it can be opened and closed in either direction.
The long zipper allows a large opening, so it’s easy to access the inside of the bag.
The inside has a zip pocket and some open pockets. The only thing I wish I had done differently was to do the zip pocket with the pink lining fabric. This would make the interior more balanced. There is pink lining fabric on the inside of the zipper pocket.
One side of the bag has a zipper pocket that is large enough to hold a small tablet.
The other side of the bag has a flap pocket with a magnetic closure.
This is a great bag that is large enough to hold a lot of things but small enough to carry. It would be perfect to take on a trip. I can’t wait to make another By Annie project.
Be sure to check out all the By Annie projects by the other Island Batik Ambassadors.
Thanks to all the sponsors for providing the products for this project
Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
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