Introducing the Petrillo Bag:
Here is my version:
I used my favorite Sweetwater fabric, "Reunion" in deco weight, with matching polka dot handles. The gathered flap is Reunion in red quilting weight.
Of course, I made a few modifications. This is a largish-bag, more of a tote, or even weekender bag than a purse. (The finished size is 12" long X 15 1/2" tall.)
So I added some outside pockets. First, a flat outside pocket to hold my phone, sunglasses and keys.
On the opposite side, I added a pocket gathered at the top with elastic. Perfect for a water bottle, eh?
Most of Sara's bags have an inside zipper pocket. I admit, the first bag I tested for her, I had trouble understanding the zipper directions. Probably thanks to my numerous questions, she has rewritten that part of the instructions so now it makes sense to me! I love having a zipper pocket in a tote bag to hold change and my airplane ticket when traveling.
See the little label? It reads "Made Especially for you by Aunt Marti."
My favorite feature of this bag is the padded pocket for my e-reader (or iPad, if I had one!):
The outside flap and the padded pocket close with magnets. I used two magnets on the outside flap, although the pattern calls for only one. I copied a computer case my DH has, and I think it keeps the bag closed more securely.
This is the brand of magnets I used, available at JoAnn. Angie at Crafty Laine has ordered me some more from Checker Distributors. I imagine they are stronger, but I had to finish the bag for my deadline, so Dritz it was!
The snaps are applied to the Soft and Stable lining. That tape dispenser is there to show that I taped the magnets in place before sewing. You can sew right over the tape, then tear it away when you're done. (Works well for sewing on buttons by machine also!) You might think it would be difficult to sew through the rubber cover surrounding the magnets, but I had no problem doing so.
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