I finally got one made with the help of Up North and knlsmith. Thank you both. They really are easy to make once you get the first one done. It's one of those "Duh" moments. :D Now, here are a few things about the bag that I will change or maybe it's just me and I'm not doing it right.
First thing I found out with sewing all those layers it can get really thick. I did use a jean needle but still broke one. I was wondering if you can use the fusible fleece everywhere except the lining and maybe use something else (but what) to cut down on the bulk but still have some firmness to the lining. I would still use the fleece for the inside pockets. I also had kind of a hard time finishing off the bottom of the lining after the bag was turned due to the thickness (wasn't pretty). How did everyone do theirs to get a clean finish on it?
I think I will do the handles differen't also. I have another pattern that uses the same size handles, made differently, but much easier because of not so much bulk. I don't have a top of the line machine but with the thickness it was hard for me to sew close to the edge and keep it from sliding out from under the foot and still trying to catch both sides of the handles.
The ties and button loop were fun too :shock: Being as small as they are my feed dogs just wanted to eat it up. Is there a trick to sewing something that thin?
Now I'm wondering if maybe I should have used my walking foot instead of my 1/4 foot? Maybe that would make the sewing easier.
I have a couple small quilts I need to finish and then I will be starting another one. I just thought maybe some other posters would have some tips or tricks on this bag that would help with some things other members may have had. All in all I am happy with it. I think I did a pretty good job for being my first one.
For anyone who needs help with anything, pm someone on this board and ask for help. Thats how I got it figured out. Thank you again Up North and knlsmith for posting a picture on how to do the ouside pocket.