I mulled over the design for months. I inventoried everything that I regularly carried in my old, too-small purse and made sure that I designed a spot for everything. I caluculated the ideal dimensions for a bag that would be large enough to comfortably carry everything I needed, yet not be overly bulky. I strategized ways of adding zippers and secret pockets so that I could maximize the interior space. The easy part was finding the right fabric... I had plenty of the soft brown corderoy left over from the messenger bag I had made my sister and then I had two shades of a lovely leafy-green print in my stash that I had been saving for something special.
Once my plan was made and once I had the free time, my Epic Bag came together very quickly!
I also added leaves in a vine-like pattern around the strap.
This vine pattern was also used to quilt the back and sides of the bag.
But the really fun part is on the inside!
I made custom pockets on the front that comfortably fit my phone, ipod and camera so that they are always within easy reach!
There is a zippered pouch on the front for more easily-accessible storage and then I added a large zipper over the main compartment too. That way, important things like my keys and wallet won't go flying if I happen to drop my bag.
The main compartment is divided into two sections. The back section is specifically for a notebook for jotting down crafty ideas or inspiration... because I always seem to think of great things when I am out and about!
Then there is obviously a spot for a pen or pencil and another small zippered pouch for important but not always needed things like nail clippers and band-aids.
Well there you have it! With my Bag of Awesomeness I always feel well prepared. Even if we're just going to the park.