The Sophia Carry-All – first take

First Sophia Carry-All

First Sophia Carry-All

Introducing my first Sophia Carry-All.  The Sophia Carry-All is an Amy Butler pattern that I purchased in order to prepare to make the famous Amy Butler Weekender Bag that made the rounds in all of the sewing/quilting blogs.  I actually bought the weekender bag pattern when everyone else was sewing it and blogging about it but there were a LOT of reviews that made me re-think whether or not I really wanted to tackle making it.  I am also a habitual procrastinator and that may have also had something to do with me not making the weekender bag too.  But I still had the pattern and, in the back of my mind, I kept thinking that I’d like try it out someday.  Then I saw the Sophia Carry-All pattern in my local quilt shop and decided to give it a try, thinking that if I could handle this I might be able to make the Weekender Bag.  This pattern is even touted as a companion to the Weekender Bag so I decided to give it a go!

The fabric I used was actually some leftover fabric from another project and I purchased the piping to match.  Sewing the bag together was really not so very difficult.  It took me less than 10 hours to make (I don’t really keep track of my sewing time so I’m guesstimating here).  I like the look of the bag and I’m fine with the workmanship but I would will change some things on my next bag.  (Yes, I’m making another one, I’ve got the fabric all cut and everything).  I will definitely use a stiffer interfacing.  The fabric is a nice cotton fabric (not home dec) that was interfaced with the recommended interfacing and fusible fleece.  It feels nice and sturdy but it doesn’t stand up as well as I’d like.  If I use this combination of interfacing/fleece again I would definitely have to quilt it as well to give it a little more body.  I added purse feet to the bottom of this bag even though it wasn’t part of the pattern instructions and I would definitely do it again.  I would also add another layer of timtex to the bottom for more support.

Still, I like this one even though it’s just a little floppy to me.  I’m trying to decide if I want to undo one side of the lining and embroider a monogram or just leave it like it is and use it as a travel bag.  I think it’s a keeper though and I’m excited about making it again with a few changes.