For these bags I was able to learn how to applique using felt. Applique is one of those things I've always wanted to try, but just never had. I'm now happy to say that I did it and I LOVED IT!! Now I want to applique everything! While researching some more information on how to applique, I found a great website, Homemade Gifts Made Easy. On this website she has some cute ideas and free patterns. The letter and the butterfly came from her site. I feel bad, but I did not write down where I found the owl. On Homemade Gifts Made Easy she also had a great tutorial on the applique process, which I used for this project.
I actually combined two projects in Annabel's book to make one bag. She had a project for a crossover bag, but it did not have a zipper. She also had a project in the book for zip pouches. I decided to combine the two. These bags were for my 2 girls, and believe me, they need a zipper to keep all their goodies from falling out.
My last bag was for my princess and I added her initial to the crown. I like how it turned out.
This bag gave me a little trouble, as the zipper I bought was actually 7" instead of 9". It took me a little while to figure out why this bag was not working quite like the others!
Overall I had fun with this project, but I did struggle with how to attach the straps with the zipper right there. I'm sure there is an easy fix. I just need to do some research and try again. Once I perfect it, I'll add a tutorial. I really think this would be a great bag to have in my 'future' etsy shop, if there ever is one. :)
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