Girly Gym Bag

I’ve been working out.  A lot.  It goes with the territory of training for a 70.3.  My gym bag was feeling a little small to haul around shoes, a swimsuit, and all of the other paraphernalia that I’ve been carting to and from home to workout at the gym.  So I decided I would make a new one.

I’ve been saving some Amy Butler fabric for a bag, but didn’t have a pattern yet.  It was fate when I saw my favorite local fabric store offering a class for the Girly Gym Bag.  I was unfortunately unable to take the class, but I went and purchased materials and the pattern anyway.

I love how this bag turned out!  It’s stiff on the sides thanks to some fusible foam, and large enough to haul swimming gear, running gear and a change of clothes.

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I did make a few modifications to the pattern, based on what I wanted:

I did not add a flap to the outside pocket, as seen on the pattern envelope:

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I honestly didn’t like the look of the half circle pocket, so I omitted it.

I also made the end pockets mesh instead of cotton.  I really like how that turned out.  The top of the mesh is finished with a piece of fold-over elastic that you can find at almost any fabric store these days.

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The other pattern modification is an inside pocket.  If I were on my game, I would have added a zipper, too, but since it was a new pattern I didn’t get to that.  The pattern itself does not have any interior pockets.  I would have liked to have seen at least one or two.

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While I was at it, I made a small toiletries bag that I could carry from the bag to the shower.  It’s lined with a terry cloth to absorb any spills that might happen, but also makes it extremely washable.

Overall, I liked this pattern.  It was easy to follow for the most part.  I could tell that it was made by a quilter, most likely, because of how the pattern pieces were cut out and assembled.  There were a few things that an apparel company would have assembled differently, I think.

The cons: sewing fusible foam got a bit thick for my machine in a couple of areas. The adhesive got all over my iron (press cloth, anyone?), which I know is my fault, but…

If I were doing it over, I would use my darker fabric for the body of the bag and handles, and lighter fabric on the pockets, just to hide dirt.  It’s great as-is, but that would be a design choice I would make in the future.

I hope you all have a great Easter weekend.  I am hoping to get outside in our gorgeous Montana spring weather!

Happy crafting,

Ingrid

 

 

 

2015 in Review

Yes, it’s February.  I have a million reasons why I haven’t posted in 9 months, but I’m sure we all have a million reasons why we don’t keep up with everything in our lives all the time.  I’ll try to post more this year.

Last spring, I decided to train for an Ironman 70.3.  It took up a lot of my free time that is usually reserved for sewing.  The race was in August in Lake Stevens, WA.  I trained with a good friend.  We took selfies biking 40 miles before work, swam in lakes, and raced until we almost dropped.  Going into it, I thought I’d do one and be done, but now I am planning on doing another 70.3 in June.  It’s addicting.  (For those who don’t know, an Ironman 70.3 is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run…and it’s as crazy as it sounds.) I had some serious bike envy at the race with all of the NICE bikes there.  But at the end of the day, it’s a hobby, just like my sewing.  I don’t need a seven thousand dollar bike or sewing machine to get the job done, but boy, they sure look (and I’m sure function) nice!

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I did end up doing some sewing throughout the year, I just didn’t find the time to post it.  Here’s my year in review in pictures:

Numerous Peekaboo Alex & Anna Winter PJ’s:

 

And several Peekaboo Lullaby Baby gowns created for gifts:

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And a ruffled diaper cover, appliquéd onesie, and crochet hat, also for a baby gift:

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The ruffled diaper pattern is a Tie Dye Diva pattern from Craftsy, I believe.  The crochet beanie is a modified pattern from Inner Hooker, which can be found on Etsy.

That about wraps up my sewing for 2015.  I started making a tree skirt at Christmas time, but have yet to finish it.  It will be lovely once it’s done, but it still needs to be quilted.

I believe that’s about it!  Shoot me questions in the comments if you want!

Ingrid