I reduced the pocket pieces by 20% too. They only thing I forgot to adjust was the straps. I didn't realise my mistake until the bag was finished and I thought - hmmm how comes the accent pieces are slightly smaller than the handles. But really I think the error is so minor that nobody will pay it much attention.
I used half a yard of Navy Essex Linen for the exterior, half a yard of the lining fabric and half a yard for the handles, facings and accent pieces. I hadn't actually got enough of the Navy Essex Linen left over to do pockets without joining some together. So I did this for the lining of the zipped pocket and used a fat quarter of the pretty potent Echinacea fabric to make two pockets. One a slip pocket and one a zip pocket.
I created the slip pocket by cutting it twice as tall as needed and folding it over and top stitching. This means I get an extra pop of those lovely flowers inside and out.
I didn't faff around making the facing as the pattern suggested. I'm not keen on using the machine for temporary basting. It has never been very successful for me. So I interfaced and made the facing into a loop as told and then after using a scant seam to join the lining to outer I then stitched the facing in place and when I flipped it over I hand sewed the facing down inside, as you would a quilt binding. I then did one layer of top stitching around the outside to finish everything off.
I also left the handles straight. I was not confident my machine could cope with so many stiff layers of handle. If my machine struggles with bag making it's the multiple layers often found in handles.
The bag stands up by itself because I chose to use some car scrim which people often use instead of soft and stable. I had some left over from making an Aeroplane bag. It means the bag has a nice foamy softness to it.
Now I just need the poolside in which to model it. Although as this is a reduced version maybe a paddling pool would be more the order of the day?
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