Camera Cuteness

There have been a few instances when I’ve seen a fabric that led me to beg Sarah to order it for her shop. Honest-to-goodness begging. Which led directly to making this:

IJ suitcase-style purse

Funky, retro cameras? If ever there were a fabric that screamed “buy me NOW!” it is this fabric. It’s such a cool print that I didn’t want to chop it up so I scoured the shop for a pattern that would really show it off. The Indygo Junction In-Style Suitcase Bag seemed to fill the order, so off I went homeward with fabric, pattern and some cool Echino strapping in hand.

The pattern calls for polyester foam, which I do not have. I didn’t want to hunt it down (and kind of wanted to use what I had on hand) so I substituted double-sided fusible Peltex.

This was an excruciatingly bad idea. The next time I make this bag (and I guarantee I will), I will either hunt down the appropriate foam or use multiple layers of fusible fleece with Decor Bond fused to the lining.

Other than that little misguided notion, the bag came together fairly well. It may have come together a bit easier had I read the instructions, but who reads that stuff anyway? (Tip from me: Read the instructions. Seriously.) I love how the style shows off the swoon-worthy fabric and the bag is roomy enough for everything I own and tote on a daily basis.

Now to figure out what else I can make with that camera fabric…