My neighbor, who is a talented quilter, made me this cool bag as a thank-you for teaching her to weave over the last couple of months. It is from a pattern for an “iPad purse” and she has already made many of these for herself and for gifts. The pattern is Barbados Bag from Pink Sand Beach Designs.
For mine, she used a length of cloth I had woven at the end of a warp for my plaited twill scarves. There wasn’t enough length left for another scarf, but I didn’t want to waste the warp and knew I would use the extra cloth eventually for something. So it has perle cotton for the warp (the vertical color stripes), and was woven with a very dark navy Tencel weft. I went to a fabric store in Wenatchee last week and picked out some cotton batik quilting fabrics to go with my woven cloth, and the notions I needed to complete the bag.
She eliminated the inside pockets, as she says they just get in the way when she is putting her iPad into her bag. There are already plenty of pockets on the outside, anyway. The back panel is divided down the middle, e.g. for eyeglasses. She made the main bag out of the batik cloth, then just stitched my woven cloth down on the face – it has finished edges, and wasn’t quite wide enough to go across to the side seams.
I would never have made this for myself in a million years, as I am not really skilled at sewing. So I am thrilled beyond belief to have this beautiful padded bag/purse for my iPad!
Last night it stayed above freezing and a huge load of snow came down off the shady side of the studio roof – including one really huge chunk. It looks like a mattress fell off the roof!